I like samurai’s, I like martial arts, so I had to buy this book. If there’s one thing this book is its informative, maybe a little too much. It gives you a wealth of information on samurai’s their lifestyles, weapons fighting styles and everything else, complete with picture diagrams. If there one thing this book has as a downfall is it’s somewhat hard to read, written more like a textbook than a history book sometimes you might be finding yourself fighting to get through this next chapter. But if you can push through the 464 pages that make up this bad boy, you’ll have a lot more knowledge in your brain than you had before you started reading. Written by Oscar Ratti and Adele Westbook it’s not for everyone, I’d stay the hardcore Samurai/Japan lovers should be on the lookout for this one, people who just kind of like Samurai stuff might wanna go looking for something else.
I never really intended to read this book, I kind of fell into it accidentally but I’m kind of glad I did. I’m a fan of Star Trek, the original series, but I’m nothing close to a fanboy about it. “I am Spock” is what I’m going to call a Star Trek biography by Leonard Nimoy. It talks about how the show started to how it was canned and then the movies. We get information on is friendship with co-stars and some strange stories about some celebrity fans of the show. 356 pages is a lot more than I would think a normal person would be able to fill talking about Star Trek, but Leonard Nimoy is no normal man. I wouldn’t say this book is for everybody, I enjoyed it but it’s obvious the real target audience here is the hard Star Trek fans.
Despite what people might think this book might be, or even think about Jesse Ventura personally, this is a great book. Jesse the Body Ventura makes good use of these pages half biography half political book half wrestling book (yes I know that’s three halfs), and all great. Political wise, it’s a pretty interesting read, Jesse has a lot of ideas, whether you think they’re good or bad ones he outlines them here, and in a way you can hang with and don’t just lose interest because he’s talking politics. Besides that Jesse talks about everything from his personal life to getting into and out of the wrestling business and making movies. Where else but in this book are you going to hear about Navy Seal training, hanging out with Arnold Schwarzenegger, being in a motor cycle gang, wanting to be “Superstar” Billy Graham, getting a hooker to pay for sex with you, becoming governor and having Hulk Hogan rat you out in your plans to unionize the wrestling business? No where. This book really has it all. Weather you like or hate Jesse Ventura this book is bound to have something for you. I highly recommend reading this one, it’s a good time all around. The former Governor, ex-wrestler, actor filled 304 pages, this is the only one of his books that I’ve read but I’m more than ready and willing to check out some of the many others he’s written.
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I like Cal Ripken jr, however I think he’s overrated. He totally revolutionized the position of Short Stop (with the help of Earl Weaver putting him there). That part of the infield will never be the same again because of him. Arguably the best person to ever play short stop, arguably one of the best to play the game.
He’s got the streak record, a nineteen time All-Star selection, World Series champion in 1983, two time Gold Glove Award winner (1991, 1992), eight time silver Slugger Award winner (1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1994), two time American League MVP (1983, 1991), 1982 American League Rookie of the Year, two time MLB All-Star Game MVP (1991, 2001), 1992 Roberto Clemente Award, 1992 Lou Gehrig Memorial Award, 1991 Home Run Derby winner, named a member of the Major League Baseball All-Century Team. Also A member of the MLB Hall of Fame, and the Baltimore Orioles have retired his number (#8).
I’d say these speak for themselves as being a great baseball player. However as a writer, not so much. This includes with help from Donald T. Phillips. Somehow they managed to fill 272 pages. Not to say this book is all bad, I got it for free, I’d say I’ve got my money’s worth. It has a lot of great baseball stories in it, they’re sprinkled in between the other shit that’s on the pages. If the book was full of just them it would be excellent, unfortunately they make up about a quarter of the book. The rest of this book is basically Cal Ripken Jr saying how great he is and why he’s so great. I think the right person could have written this book and it may have come off as an inspirational book, however Cal just comes off as a douche bag. He seems arrogant and totally unreal, which is really weird because he doesn’t come off that way at all when talking about baseball. Hell half of the baseball stories are when he was in a slump of one sort or another. Basically what I’m going for is, if you end up with this book, just skip around to the baseball stuff and avoid the rest unless you want Cal to seem like a dickbag. And Cal, write a baseball book, not a ‘how great I am’ book.