The Movie Was Good, but the Book Was Better (50 Manly Books Turned into Movies)

What’s the best part about going to see a movie? Being able to demonstrate how much better you are than your co-movie goers by comparing the movie to the book. Fortunately, you can do this more often that you’d think. Many of our favorite testosterone-packed movies aren’t as original as we originally think they are.  […]

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Review: Ender’s Game

Ender’s Game Orson Scott Card [xrrgroup][xrr rating=4.125/5] [xrr rating=4.5/5 imageset=grenade label=Manliness:][/xrrgroup]     Ender’s Game is a futuristic story about a kid named Andrew “Ender” Wiggin and his training at a battle school for children.  In this school children are being raised as soldiers in to once again wage war against the Alien-Bugger Army.  We […]

Review: Book of the Dun Cow

The Book of the Dun Cow Walter Wangerin [xrrgroup][xrr rating=3.25/5] [xrr rating=2.75/5 imageset=grenade label=Manliness:][/xrrgroup]     What’s better than a cockfight between one rooster with eagle’s wings and a serpent’s tail and another with spiked spurs on his ankles? Well if you know the answer to that question then you should write that book. Until […]

September Book Club: Hunger Games Preview

The Hunger Games trilogy is one of the most read series in the last two years.  It’s been on the New York Times bestselling list over 100 straight weeks.  While written primarily for young adults, it quickly grew beyond any specific category and has grown into a true global phenomenon.  The books has become so influential that […]

Best Books for Young Men

Most men who enjoy reading as an adult, started reading as a boy. We’ve compiled a list of great books every young man will enjoy. Whether it’s the story of Ender Wiggin beating the crap out of other kids in space or Brian Robeson surviving the wilderness with a hatchet, these books are guaranteed to […]

Books for Taking Hurricane Irene Like a Man

As manly men, we have a duty to stand in the face of fear and laugh at it.  That’s why while some of us are stuck in our homes in the midst of Hurricane Irene, we read books that have Hurricanes in them.  Its our little way of telling Irene where she can stick it.  […]

Review: One Hundred Years of Solitude

One Hundred Years of Solitude Gabriel Garcia Marquez [xrrgroup][xrr rating=3.75/5] [xrr rating=2/5 imageset=grenade label=Manliness:][/xrrgroup]     In 1967, Gabriel Garcia Marquez penned perhaps the most prolific South American novel ever written. 100 Years of Solitude is a slow-paced yet fantastically curious tale chronicling the creation, rise and fall of the fictional city of Macondo paralleled […]

Review: The Devil in the White City

The Devil in the White City Erik Larson [xrrgroup][xrr rating=4.5/5] [xrr rating=4/5 imageset=grenade label=Manliness:][/xrrgroup]     I have a terrible imagination, and I’m pretty bad at picturing past events in my mind.  Maybe that’s why Erik Larson’s The Devil in the White City was such a great read for me.  He accomplished 2 impressive feats […]

America’s Literacy Rate: Surprising Statistics

While conducting some research on literacy levels in the US, I came across some surprising statistics. Whether you blame it on the TV, lack of time, or lack of energy, it seems there are fewer and fewer people reading these days. This is a problem, one that not only affects our imaginations and recreations, but […]

Real Men Read

38B5PNYSVH4C Real Men Read Real men read. Why? Reading gives us a source of entertainment and escape that isn’t spelled T-V. Reading helps us develop our analytical and critical thinking skills. Reading gives us something intelligent to discuss with our managers. Reading allows us to say “the book was better” when we see a new […]