Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Not a drill - Lee Child



Not a drill, but perhaps Lee Child should have made it a drill. A military style drill to maintain standards, rather than putting out a weak, short that is obviously a teaser to his new novel. Yes it is a quick fix, it is a money shot for Lee Child, but that's no excuse to allow money to supersede the art.
 
Maintain the standards of your craft the money will follow. Cheapen the standards for a quick money hit and people will become disenfranchised and long term, you lose fans and money, think about it.

Sunday, 27 July 2014

The Bhagavad Gita



The Bhagavad Gita 'song of the blessed one' or 'song of God'.
 
The Bhagavad Gita is an early epic poem that recounts the conversation between Arjuna the warrior and his charioteer Krishna, the manifestation of God. In the moments before a great battle, the dialogue sets out the important lessons Arjuna must learn to change the outcome of the war he is to fight, and culminates in Krishna revealing to the warrior his true cosmic form, counselling him to search for the universal perfection of life.
 
Ranging from instructions on yoga postures to dense moral discussion, the Gita is one of the most important Hindu texts, as well as serving as a practical guide to living well.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Ta Hsueh and Chung Yung



Ta Hseuh and Chung Yung: The highest order of cultivation and on the practice of the mean, being two books in the canon of Chinese Philosophy, the other being Mencius and The Analects, is worthy of any one with an interest in Chinese history, Philosophy or literature.
 
This canon is to be studied from the age of fifteen and prepares you for Government office, leadership and mastery.
 
With copious notes on translation, interpretation, pronunciation and histories, this Penguin edition is well worth a read.

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

The sign of four



When I read  a Holmes novel, I always picture a Basil Rathbone alongside a bumbling Dr Watson, which, of course, is not strictly true to the literature, which is why I keep returning to the original books.
 
In The sign of four, the 2nd and shortest novel in the collection, we have high adventure, poison darts, child sized footprints, a wooden leg, Dr Watson finds a love interest, the detective bags his criminal and Holmes, he has the pleasure derived from the work and of course, the cocaine, there is always cocaine...


Saturday, 19 July 2014

Diamonds are forever - Ian Fleming

Forget SMERSCH, Bond is in America against organised crime, not just pasta and pizza eating minor criminals as Bond soon learns, but everything SMERSCH can offer and then some...
 
Well worth a read on the beach this Summer.

Friday, 18 July 2014

The last man - C.L.Werner


The Empire of Sigmar is in crisis. The Black Plague sweeps across the lands, killing indiscriminately and as the city-states close their walls and try to survive the horror, small towns like Wartenhof are left to fend for themselves. But worse things than disease lurk in the darkness, as the skaven, originators of the plague, rise to claim the Empire as their own. The last human alive in Wartenhof bears witness to their evil… But will he survive for long enough to report it to the authorities?
 
ISBN 9781782516491


The great maw - L.J.Goulding




Legends tell of the origins of the ogre race and their mysterious god. Many of these tales centre around the mythical figure of Groth Onefinger. Here is one such saga, recounting the story of the great cataclysm that overtook the ogres and drove them from their lands, of the birth of a great and hungry deity that drives all of that savage race to fits of incredible greed, and of Groth, the saviour of the ogre race and first prophet of the Great Maw.
 
ISBN 9781782516019