Review: The Maltese Falcon

  [xrrgroup][xrr rating=3.25/5] [xrr rating=4.5/5 imageset=grenade label=Manliness:][/xrrgroup]     The Maltese Falcon is considered by many to be one of the best mysteries of all time – going toe to toe with the likes of Agatha Christie, Arthur Conan Doyle and Edgar Allen Poe. First published in 1929, this novel essentially set the standard for […]

Manhood for Amateurs

Mechanics have their 20 or 120 point inspections, we have our 5 point book inspections. They are 5 quick hits of our thoughts about a book. This is by no means a full review. Think of it as our ultra short primary thoughts on it. Feel free to read the Amazon review for the real […]

November Book Club: The Winter of Our Discontent REview

The Winter of Our Discontent John Steinbeck [xrrgroup][xrr rating=4/5] [xrr rating=3.5/5 imageset=grenade label=Manliness:][/xrrgroup]     In case you forget, John Steinbeck is the man.  This is something we were all reminded of last night at our book club discussion of The Winter of Our Discontent.  It was decided that it’s our natural inclination to lump […]

Review: 4 Hour Body is Ridiculous

Let me clarify the title: The 4 Hour Body is super ridiculous.  Does that help? The book has some pretty interesting studies (done by Ferris on himself), but the book is worthless as far as a lifestyle guide.  No one will be able to follow this for an extended period of time. I learned 2 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Classic Manly Read: Catcher in the Rye

The Catcher in the Rye JD Salinger [xrrgroup][xrr rating=5/5] [xrr rating=4.25/5 imageset=grenade label=Manliness:][/xrrgroup]     I first “read” Catcher in the Rye when I was a sophomore in high school, but despite my moderately satisfactory exam grades, I admit that I actually read SparkNotes and conned my way through the entire Catcher process. That’s the […]

Review: Round Ireland With a Fridge

Round Ireland with a Fridge Tony Hawks [xrrgroup][xrr rating=3.5/5] [xrr rating=3/5 imageset=grenade label=Manliness:][/xrrgroup]     Some books seem to be written purely for the enjoyment of the author. There is of course no problem with that, provided that the reader and the author have a similar sense of humor, and view life through similar lenses. […]

Review: Hunger Games Leaving Us Hungry For More?

The Hunger Games Suzanne Collins [xrrgroup][xrr rating=4/5] [xrr rating=4/5 imageset=grenade label=Manliness:][/xrrgroup]     Bad pun aside, I should probably clarify the title of this post. Overwhelmingly, the Ultra Manly contributors all gave The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins a great score. To risk ridicule and insults due to the popularity of this series, I gotta […]

Review: Shadow of the Wind

The Shadow of the Wind Carlos Ruiz Zafón [xrrgroup][xrr rating=5/5] [xrr rating=3.5/5 imageset=grenade label=Manliness:][/xrrgroup]     Fire. Murder. Spies. And Love. When Daniel Sempere is taken into the hallowed crypts of the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, he has no idea that he is about to become involved in a mystery whose tapestry is woven with […]