Shark Attacks of 1916

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This book is about a series of shark attacks that occurred around New Jersey in 1916.  It covers the events by looking at multiple aspects of what happened and what might have caused a rouge shark to behave in such a manner.

The author gives a brief and easy to understand description of the evolution and biology of sharks.  It looks at what makes the shark unique and its place as an apex predator in the ecosystem. 

The author also explains what was happening in history during the early 1900s and the societal norms of the time.  This was a time of change and more people were entering the ocean for leisure than had ever done before in American history.

One of the most gripping parts of the book was how the author delved into the personal lives of each of the victims.  He talked about their family history, their work or school career, and the long term effects each attack had surviving family members.

This was an interesting and educational book to read.  I found it riveting and would highly recommend it.

 

The Art of War for Writers

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The information in this book is broken down into three main sections.

  1. Reconnaissance – How to build a foundation for success.
  2. Tactics – How to improve your writing skills.
  3. Strategy – How to publish your book. 

I recommend this book to anyone interested in improving their writing skills or in publishing a book.  It’s full of practical advice for writers at every level,  and it was fun to read.

Humorous History

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My favorite section of Humorous History was about King Henry VIII of England.

He had three “Grooms of Stool” that were responsible for wiping his bottom.  This job was not all bad, because he rewarded his “Grooms of Stool” with money, land, and official titles.

In spite of all that, wiping a grown man’s butt sounds like a horrible job.

 

Hemingway on Writing

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My favorite quotes from this book are:

All good books are alike in that they are truer then if they had really happened and after you are finished reading one you will feel that all that happened to you and afterwards it belongs to you; the good and the bad, the ecstasy, the remorses and sorrow, the people and the places and how the weather was.

As a man you know who is right and who is wrong.  You have to make decisions and enforce them.  As a writer you should not judge.  You should understand.

Running a Business in the Zombie Apocalypse

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This is an interesting book.  It’s written from the perspective of a human resources director that must deal with the zombie apocalypse.

It gives advice on how to handle an  employee that has become a zombie and what paperwork the supervisor is required to complete.

It explains how business can remain profitable during the zombie apocalypse by changing its business model and developing innovative weapons for the living consumers.  There is also a section on how to get money from zombies, without risking self injury.

I enjoyed reading this book and found it to be humorous.

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff

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This is an excellent book that teaches the reader how to live peacefully in a complicated world.  The author starts the book by making three key points.

  1. The need for perfection and the desire for inner tranquility conflict with each other.
  2. Without, patience, life is extremely frustrating.  You are easily annoyed, bothered, and irritated.  Patience adds a dimension of ease and acceptance to your life.  It’s essential for inner peace.
  3. Humility and inner peace go hand in hand.  The less compelled you are to prove yourself to others, the easier it is to feel peaceful inside.

The rest of the book is spent giving detailed information on how to deal the various situations without losing your inner peace.  It’s full of practical advice and I highly recommend it.