Gibb's 2016 Reading Challenge Log

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Postby Duncan » Sun Apr 10, 2016 2:52 pm

I'm about due to re-read The Book of Five Rings and he Art of War.
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Postby gibbs » Sat May 07, 2016 7:50 pm

I've finally managed to get anther book finished granted it is only a short one after trying to read two other books and for some reason not being able to get into them

Book 6

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Cromwell Cruiser Tank 1942-50

By David Fletcher & Richard C Harley

Like most osprey books this one is fairly short at only 48 pages but despite this it manages to cram in an amazing amount of information, which makes this books ideal for either the military history/vehicle enthusiast or modellers and war gamers.

As seems to be the usual with osprey the there is a number of hand drawn pictures in the centre which help bring life to the things gone over earlier in the book in this case showing the different variants of the tank which while adding additional value to the tank may be helpful if you wish to recreate a certain vehicle

Overall I this is a book that I have enjoyed this time round and many times previously and I am sure I will go onto when I reread it in the future but this is certainly a book I would recommend
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Re: Gibb's 2016 Reading Challenge Log

Postby 50th » Sun May 08, 2016 7:05 am

gibbs wrote:I've finally managed to get anther book finished granted it is only a short one after trying to read two other books and for some reason not being able to get into them

Book 6

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Cromwell Cruiser Tank 1942-50

By David Fletcher & Richard C Harley

Like most osprey books this one is fairly short at only 48 pages but despite this it manages to cram in an amazing amount of information, which makes this books ideal for either the military history/vehicle enthusiast or modellers and war gamers.

As seems to be the usual with osprey the there is a number of hand drawn pictures in the centre which help bring life to the things gone over earlier in the book in this case showing the different variants of the tank which while adding additional value to the tank may be helpful if you wish to recreate a certain vehicle

Overall I this is a book that I have enjoyed this time round and many times previously and I am sure I will go onto when I reread it in the future but this is certainly a book I would recommend


Hey, I have that book, it's on my reading shelf waiting on me to finish another book! Thanks for your analysis!
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Re: Gibb's 2016 Reading Challenge Log

Postby Frank » Mon May 09, 2016 6:07 am

These are good books, I don`t actually have any but there used to be a good military history section at our local library in which I was able to find quite a few of this series.
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Re: Gibb's 2016 Reading Challenge Log

Postby Whiterook » Mon Jun 06, 2016 4:51 pm

Cool stuff....your range of subjects amaze me!
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Postby gibbs » Wed Sep 14, 2016 10:31 pm

Book 7

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The Heart Of Buddha's Teaching: Transforming Suffering into Peace, Joy and Liberation

By Thich Nhat Hanh

Written by the Vietnamese monk Thich Nhat Hanh, this was a book I originally picked up from the library based on a recommendation from a friend, in this case it took me a while to get through, so I ended up getting a cheap copy.

As a book this was a different type of read to many others hence why I think it took so long considering it's relatively small size. And I do wonder is this is something the writer expected based on this quote from chapter 4 "While reading or listening don't work to hard. Be like the earth. When the rain comes,the earth only has to open herself up to the rain

So while it was slow going as this book seems to make you sit there an contemplate what you've read opposed to reading it, it was overwhelming in many places with a lot of overlapping concepts which often basically seem to be saying the same thing. This also lead to alot of linking not only to previous and further chapters in the book but also some of his other works, which did in places make it hard to follow, however if you have ever had to work off of academic research it is something you learn to live with.

It is helpful that opposed to some books for example alan watts the way of zen which uses one set of Buddhist teachings, he instead presents teachings from a wide body of books which makes it feel a lot more inclusive

To conclude while this book was a slow read it certainly was an interesting one and while some of the presented concepts make sense, this is a book that I feel will take several readings and lot more contemplation for the ideas presented to click.

So yes I would definitely recommend this book however don't expect for it to make sense right way and be prepared to reread it
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Re: Gibb's 2016 Reading Challenge Log

Postby gibbs » Sun Oct 16, 2016 5:36 pm

Book 8
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James May's Man Lab: The Book of Usefulness

By James May

Written to accompany a TV series presented by James May, the book is designed to act as an instruction manual on how to complete various projects from building a bar, to polishing boots, this peppered with several factual pieces looking at various tools. As with many things presented by James May the factual is often mixed with the comical and this book doesn't disappoint, with it not only providing information on various subjects to the reader but also managing to make you laugh while doing so.

This is a book I would recommend and is one I have read from cover to cover several times and each time is still as entertaining as the last.
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Re: Gibb's 2016 Reading Challenge Log

Postby gibbs » Wed Nov 16, 2016 7:52 pm

Book 9

The Sorcerer's Apprentices a season at el bulli
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By Lisa Abend

What goes on behind the scenes of El Bulli?
Voted the best restaurant in the world 5 times up until it's closure at the end of it's 2011 season This book provides an glimpse into a kitchen where chef Ferran Adrià s remarkable cuisine comes to life from caviar made from tiny spheres of olive oil, an artichoke made out of rose petals, through to a dragon cocktail which makes the drinker breath smoke.

This book follows the 35 lucky chefs out of the thousands that applied each year as they undertake a stage at El Bulli a job for which they are not paid, in spite of the fact that the majority left acclaimed kitchens elsewhere for the privilege.

The book starts by introducing the restaurant and a bit about who Ferran is and why it that El Bulli is held with such esteem by many. It then goes on to begin to introduce not only the start of the season but also the various, chef's who's stories will be told throughout the book and goes on to tell us about the highs and lows of there time at the restaurant from starting where they are made to wash and stack the rocks surrounding the car park through the the end of the season where the chefs take there next steps whether it be owning there own restaurant or heading into the kitchens of other 3 star restaurants around the globe.

And in-between this the stories of how the chefs came to be are told which works wonders to really bring what you are being told to life. However despite this the book isn't perfect as I felt the why was avoided at every stage and this left several questions sadly unanswered for example why is there no tasting on the line?, and why do they work in silence?

What this book is, is an amazing set of stories about the people who made that particular season possible and a how that seasons menu came into being and what it took in order for these chefs to bring that menu to life. Now it isn't perfect and despite it's shortcomings it is a great book to read and is probably the closest anyone could of ever gotten with out actually being there to experiencing a stage at El Bulli.
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