The Power of Books

This is how I felt when I read the tiger scene in Matterhorn.

Best Books of 2011

So far, 2011 has been a great year for new books.  We’ve had new authors emerge, Pulitzer prize winners come out with new heralded books, even iUMBC authors have come out with new books (two of them, in fact).  See Amazon Kindle’s top 20 books of 2011 below.  Fair warning: these have not been put […]

New Nook to Rival Kindle and iPad?

Today Barnes and Noble announced their new Nook Tablet to compete with Amazon’s Kindle and Apple’s iPad.  The Nook has always been a player in the eBook market and has a very loyal following among its users.  That said, it has been a distant second to Amazon’s Kindle.  The new Nook Tablet hopes to change […]

Free Books for All! Kindle Lending Library

Amazon Press Release: Introducing the Kindle Owner’s Lending Library. The official Kindle Library is here!  Free books for all!* *Well, ok, not for all.  Only for Kindle owners…whole have Amazon Prime..and only certain books…for only a certain period of time.  BUT STILL! Amazon has announced their long awaited Kindle Lending Library. This is similar to […]

Review: This Side of Paradise

This Side of Paradise F. Scott Fitzgerald [xrrgroup][xrr rating=1.5/5] [xrr rating=2/5 imageset=grenade label=Manliness:][/xrrgroup]     You’ve probably read The Great Gatsby. Or at least you skimmed it or checked out the Cliff’s Notes because you were forced to in high school. Or at least you’ve heard that it’s the most perfect book written by an […]

A Book Commits Suicide Every Time You…

  No explanation needed. Thanks to John for finding this.

Best Authors for Men

Today is National Author’s Day.  We all know that not every person who writes a book should be celebrated (Stephenie Meyer, Chelsea Handler, Nick Sparks), and now that I look at my examples, some writers shouldn’t even be considered “authors”.  That said, there are many, many great authors whom we should honor. The following list […]

Some Manly Halloween Thoughts and Books

Ultra Manly Rules for Trick or Treaters: Give away a manly treats…like motor oil. No candy for anyone dressed like any character form Twilight. Remember that scaring kids is an okay exchange for candy….making them wet their costumes is a bonus. No candy for anyone dressed like Justin Beiber. Demanding single moms’ phone numbers in […]

November Book Club: Winter of Our Discontent PREview

The Winter of Our Discontent John Steinbeck John Steinbeck not only won a Pulitzer in his life, he won the Nobel Prize in Literature–arguably the most prestigious award given to a writer. He was also the last American man to win the award (in 1962). You may have heard of some of his books: The […]

Matterhorn REview

Matterhorn Karl Marlantes [xrrgroup][xrr rating=4/5] [xrr rating=5/5 imageset=grenade label=Manliness:][/xrrgroup] I’m going to go out on a limb and say that Matterhorn was the best all-around book club book we’ve done so far.  Except it’s not really that big of a risk as the book is freaking great.  There have been some books (i.e. Shadow of […]