Friday, July 17, 2015

More Reviews,,,

‘The Last Cigarette: Five Steps to Quitting for Good’ by Carol Savoie attacks smoking is an intuitive way. Step one, Carol explains is to find a really big reason to quit, naturally, the bigger the reason, the better the success achieved. Step two is to form a quitting strategy. She recommends a seven stage strategy in this regard, which contain, choosing a date, using powerful words to specify ones decision (the more powerful the word, the more likely the adherence!), providing support tools as well as, a reward system for yourself. Steps three, four and five, lighting up a support team (someone to remind, if you forget that you are off cigarette), inhaling continuously the progress you achieve, as well as sharing the health benefits, suffice, to turn one into a complete nonsmoker, that too for good.

‘The Last Cigarette: Five Steps to Quitting for Good’ by Carol Savoie can boast of five instinctive and shrewd steps. As this approach incorporates a feedback mechanism inbuilt in each step, it can be easily seen that this set of strategy is bound to win. She has explained each of these in good detail, mentioning the rationale behind the idea in use, which also looks plausible. For example, she mentions about the importance of rewarding oneself for success achieved at each stage or its part, suitably so that ones mind does not deviate from the decision to quit. So also is the possibility of the synergy brought in by the support system (well wishers!) augmenting ones effort. A good book, a thorough guide covering all aspects of the issue, with assured after sales support for implementing the suggestions.
 Reviewed by Roy T James for Reader's Favorite__________________________________________________________________________________

'Hard Days Hard Nights' by Patrick J. DiCesare is the story of the birth of the rock ’n roll concert business in Pittsburgh. The book begins with the rather humble beginnings of Pat, migrating from Italy in 1920, and dwells on how their childhood went, earning nickels by delivering newspapers and learning music in a second hand bass. Soon he starts playing by joining a newly opened nightclub. He is eventually offered a position as the head busboy. He arranges a Beatles’ show, the sensation of the times, with great difficulty. However, he finds himself drafted at nick of time, but every month he collects a part of his share of the show’s profit (hundred dollars) to feel as the highest paid soldier in US Army! He also hobnobs with bigger names in the music world like Jim Morrison, Led Zeppelin or Aerosmith as well as conducting his own concerts and shows are described in these pages.

'Hard Days Hard Nights' by Patrick J. DiCesare is an authentic report of the early days of rock. The book is a holistic report of the early days of rock, Pat being a pioneer of great repute, entrepreneur and rock concert promoter. In these pages we can feel the trials and tribulations faced by Pat since the very beginning. His father’s implicit faith in him, by advancing 5000 dollars, that too by putting a lien on the house, would have been a great motivating factor which propelled him to become he highest earning concert promoter in USA. Deeply inspiring, this book chronicles all the efforts that went unseen during the latter half of the 20th century of the music industry in general, and of his town Pittsburgh in particular. Indeed, a great book to read.
 Reviewed by Roy T James for Reader's Favorite
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‘Life, Love, and a Hijacking’ by Wendy Sue Knecht begins with the great elation she felt at her selection by PanAm and the joy of flying and, the greater joy of clearing the bone caliper test. Getting nicknamed goodie-goodie for her adherence to rules, falling in love with her job, how the sweet aroma of travel as well as the fun of living with pools made this a remarkable life to lead, how each of the lands she frequented being its own distinct olfactory experience like the pungent spicy smell of India or the smoky Turkish aroma of Istambul, do find its description here. Missing out on planned events by unscheduled stops and delays, as well as her most idiotic move, a solo visit to Africa on an eight day off, adds anxious twists to this page turner.

‘Life, Love, and a Hijacking’ by Wendy Sue Knecht is a collection of memories rich in its variety and content. The excitement of a glamorous life, the high flyers lead, and the human touch that is always there with them, comes alive in these pages. Though in this book she mentions about a colleague having a condition, OCD, or obsessive cleaning disorder, I think it is more likely that she also has a condition, ORD, or obsessive recollection disorder! For, having been working with air-crafts and its operations, I can tell with confidence that there aren’t many opportunities of entertainment or celebrations associated with a flying career that are not mentioned here. An excellent read, it held my attention from the moment I started till I turned the last page.
Reviewed by Roy T James for Reader's Favorite


'Dinosaurs and Indians: Paleontology Resource Dispossession from Sioux Lands' by Lawrence W. Bradley argues that vertebrate fossils are yet another natural resource dispossessed from subjugated people like Sioux of the Northern Great Plains of USA. It begins with an introduction, the purpose of study, its methodology and literature review, followed by the history of vertebrate fossil dispossession from the Great Sioux Reservation and adjacent Indian lands from 1847 to 1899, as well as from 1900 to the present. This dissertation in its conclusion will bring together the past, present, and future of paleontology on Indian lands of the Great Plains. The following questions are addressed: 1) Was the vast paleontological resources located on Indian lands of the Great Plains since the mid nineteenth century used to ones advantage? If so, by Whom? 2) What is the volume and value of fossils held at three prestigious American museums? 3) What should be cultural physical geography that would help ensure ethical research procedures?


'Dinosaurs and Indians: Paleontology Resource Dispossession from Sioux Lands' by Lawrence W. Bradley reviews how the paleontological resources has been dispossessed from Sioux lands and adjacent Indian lands since they were discovered over one hundred and fifty years ago. Lawrence makes it clear that such resources need be protected both for the present and in the future. The author has used extensively as evidence, publications, autobiographies, biographies, eyewitness accounts, legal cases, maps, media reports, memoirs, museum visits, numerous examples of fossils, oral history, and Tribal Government and U.S. Government documents. This is truly a scholarly work, I thank my good luck in having had an opportunity to evaluate this excellent book, which is a worthy study material as well as an interesting read.
Reviewed by Roy T James for Reader's Favorite
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'YOU ARE WHAT YOU TWEET' by Germany Kent, is a guide to become twitter savvy fast, can make one master this in no time, and is a good reference to pick up the best twitter etiquettes. A very important part of using twitter as a communication medium, the author tells in the beginning, is to “Say something worthwhile and people will listen.” A brief discussion on the background of the entry of twitter and a bit more elaborate one on the protocols and manners to be adhered to, follow next. The power of twitter, as the author mention, is to educate, entertain and to evoke emotion and the specifics of each of these is given due attention in this book. The importance of forming a strategy and how that will depend on the role, one would assume in twitter, the methodology of adding vitality to ones tweets and issues related, are also covered.
'YOU ARE WHAT YOU TWEET' by Germany Kent though is not just a practical guide; I found it greatly helpful in making my strategy. Author has provided bulleted lists and other tips lavishly, that too at every new introduction of a concept, enabling quick reference and review. A comprehensive twitter glossary and list of Twitter services that improve ones efficiency, by creating and scheduling your Tweets, and other tools that help one track the performance are also included in this book. This makes it helpful in learning the nuances of tweeting, which an experienced one may get naturally. Overall, this is a very good book, an exceptional product from an ‘overtime’ author.
Reviewed by Roy T James for Reader's Favorite
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'YOUR HEALTHIEST LIFE NOW' by DeJarra K. Sims, as the author says, is not just another diet book; it is more about how to prevent, becoming unhealthy in the first place. It discusses prevention of a large variety of problems including heart disease, looks at the ways we can control obesity while enhancing our immune systems, as well as provides a good collection of check lists, tips, sample menus, and quiz questions for easy assimilation. The author puts up a rather revolutionary suggestion, consider food as merely fuel, “like the care we take while fuelling our car, where we do not forget to insist on correct fuel, why can’t we treat our body with the same respect, always telling ‘no’ to inexact food?”. The whole book is written in question-answer form with, many other aspects of health, like, why, when and how of body supplements, stress as well as a thorough discussion about health care providers, becoming a part of the questions and answers.
'YOUR HEALTHIEST LIFE NOW' by DeJarra K. Sims is a complete book. I couldn’t think of any question related to health and well being that is not discussed in this. The author being a naturopath, essential elements of that branch of cure, like diagnostics and therapies included in its medical practice, is also integrated into this book. Many of the viewpoints, the author have taken in his dissertation, showed me a new way to face health and health problems. The book is also lavishly laced with practical suggestions and examples, contact addresses of specialists and other resources, making it an invaluable companion.
 Reviewed by Roy T James for Reader's Favorite _________________________________________________________________________________
'Yes Maam' by Goddess Cheyenne, a Veteran in the Kink community, is aimed at helping submissives accept themselves and safely navigate  through today’s advancements and pitfalls. It begins with a general introduction to fetishes, that they begin at puberty, usually involving an event that centers on an object or activity causing sexual excitement or a sexual response. Author suggests many ways to  revel in the joy of self-acknowledgment and suggest daily affirmations, like, “I accept and embrace my kinky nature” This book also explains the nature and possible personality of those more likely to be involving in BDSM with advices on how they are to be dealt with, the how and when to surrender and other tips for a lasting relationship.
'Yes Maam' by Goddess Cheyenne is also a practical guide in joining any of such BDSM groups and contains much advices and short tips about expected behavior and other reactions, for starting with a good impression. Actions one has to keep in mind for maintaining strict protocol, like ‘opening the door’ for the mistress, ‘pulling a chair out’ when needed as well as not making aggressive glances, is given due attention. Now that you have an idea of how to behave, it is time to brave the stormy seas of finding the right Mistress, the author encourages the reader. Though by not being a professional expert in this field, I am not able to opine on the quality of these advices per se, the author seems to have covered all sides of this issue and listed practical suggestions, making this book quite valuable to those inclined to follow such path.
Reviewed by Roy T James for Reader's Favorite
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'Writing the Cozy Mystery' by Nancy J. Cohen is about writing a Whodunit, which, as the author says, is a complex task. Mulling over the bits and pieces one has gathered, the Puzzle should be made to fit together in the end. This guide begins with the definition of a cozy mystery, its nature, characters and components, followed by fairly detailed discussion on how these are all to be organized. Many are the helpful suggestions contained in this book, like adding a romantic interlude to control the pace of action, leaving an open thread for readers to pursue in case of a series, making sure that this mystery is completely solved by the end or, introducing a hook to compel the reader to turn the page, to make this worthy as a ready reference.
'Writing the Cozy Mystery' by Nancy J. Cohen clearly shows the tough side of a cozy mystery, while amply demonstrating easy and dependable ways to crack them. Many nuances of such a popular form of literature, like when to use a female lead, what pitfalls to watch out for, (“the pacing must be quick, but you shouldn’t cheat the reader out of emotional reactions”) are covered in this book. The language is friendly and engaging and the topic is presented with suitable lists to make comprehension easy. Addresses of websites are also given, where one can obtain further data and resources necessary in this connection. A useful guide and ready reference, this book has added a good set of tools to demystify the making of a mystery.
 Reviewed by Roy T James for Reader's Favorite
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‘Word to the Wise “The Power of Perception”’ by Christopher Thomas Dwight Major Jones begins with an often encountered question, “What does it mean to be successful?” Examining the different aspects of success, like, achieving the correct and desired result of an attempt, he goes on to the parts played by inspiration. Thereafter he begins discussing the power of perception, words of motivation and others. Christopher Thomas points out the significance of ‘first impression’ in modulating our perception, the persistence, and the potency it hides of crating fear in us. Discussing the pitfalls we face, like making up our minds without a fair analysis, this book, he goes on to offer tips for overcoming obstacles, recreating hope, and boosting ones self confidence. Christopher Thomas specially mentions about the need to help others, in helping oneself.

‘Word to the Wise “The Power of Perception”’ by Christopher Thomas discusses the importance of inspiration in driving one to succeed and move forward in life. He has approached the ‘problem’ of success from all angles and rightly so, finds ‘perception’ as a major factor, the importance of which, he presents in a beautiful quotation “You never get a second chance to make a first impression” While discussing each and every  parameter of ensuring success, the author proposes various practical steps to achieve each. For example, in the case of overcoming obstacles, the proposed steps are: 1: Resist the urge to compare yourself to others. 2:  Give yourself challenges and celebrate your accomplishments 3: Keep an optimistic attitude. 4: Focus on your positives 5: Never give up. A good book that analyzes success thoroughly.
 Reviewed by Roy T James for Reader's Favorite
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'A WOMAN CALLED GOD' by PETER WILKES, starts with a disclaimer that the author shall not be responsible if anyone is excommunicated as the result of reading this book. Immediately thereafter, he sets out to question the claim of each and every religion that theirs is the way. He then poses the question as to why a woman can’t be considered as a creator, which is intuitive, if nothing else. The natural appearance of God will then be associated with characteristics or sentiments we attach with women, love, grace, patience etc, in place of the more ferocious ones, scary and judgmental. Also, we all could have lived in concert with a Creator who always loves us with the same love and joy a mother feels at the moment she first sees her newborn child.
A WOMAN CALLED GOD by PETER WILKES is a light read, perhaps with the ability to poke our thinking buds. With funny pictures and humorous quips, this small little book is capable of initiating more serious exchanges. I found the author’s question interesting; however, I haven’t been able to associate only the lighter and friendlier emotions with God to see the result. Such lighter views of religion will go a long way in freeing our society from the clutches of religious mores. A glance at history can tell us that organized religion has done us more harm than good. As the author says at the end of the book, we need to examine ways of leaving religion behind and reclaiming our souls.
 Reviewed by Roy T James for Reader's Favorite
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Exceptionally well written, organized and presented, 'This Time It's NOT Personal: Why Science Says Get over Yourself' by Sam Hicken is an inherently captivating read that is as informed and informative as it is thoughtful and thought-provoking. However, the author begins with an insurance, I suppose, by saying 'There are flights of absurdist fancy interleaved with the science', giving himself, an escape route, if thing don’t go well. No, this well written work does not seem to be in need of any, for, stating in the beginning itself, 'for a scientist the bitterest truth is better than the sweetest lie', it takes all issues head on.
He dwells on the origins of universe and life, describing experiments of passing electric spark to mixture of carbon, hydrogen etc to find how organic molecules came to life. Interleaved with respectable amount of humor, he reminds us of a common research pitfall, while looking for connection when some things show up on the day of a full moon, personnel think “ah, full moon,” but on the other 28 days nobody thinks “ah, not full moon.” He has demonstrated the perspective view of the book’s theme, the description is full of uncommon aspects of events and occurrences, for example, people invest their IQ in buttressing their own  case  rather  than  in  exploring  the  matter  more  thoroughly  and evenhandedly. Plenty of references to popular literature in related fields and invoking all the known experts in its genre like Richard Dawkins, this book has the potential to hold the attention of many a crowd. Easy on cognition and with a flowing narrative, this is a good addition to ones library. As the book ends with an admission, ‘true:  Life is the dancer, lighten up and enjoy the show’.
 Reviewed by Roy T James for Reader's Favorite
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‘Why Not? Conquering The Road Less Traveled’ by John Brown with Donna Brown is about the journey of a life that’s had its ups and downs, of growing up disabled in a non-disabled world. It begins with the author’s entry into the world at three in the morning, a child diagnosed with cerebral palsy. Recounting his memories of hospital, loving people, dear friends and his school days in general, he mentions about the fun and difficulties of growing. Growing up with other kids staring, laughing and calling names, as well as, his experience with marijuana and hash are mentioned. His dreams resonate throughout the book, of becoming a DJ, and his entry into a career that was to last more than forty years, as a radio broadcaster.
‘Why Not? Conquering The Road Less Traveled’ by John Brown with Donna Brown is an inspiring book. How John meets the challenges that are a constant companion, especially of people with difficulty and how he has to overcome those in every step he takes, unlike the normal ones amongst us, makes that victory even sweeter. The perseverance and dedication shown by John in meeting his ambition is an example to all. This book thus has the potential to be a great motivator for all kinds of people, including those with difficulty; and as the author mentions in the book, ”My hope is that after reading this book, whether you’re disabled or not, that when life throws at you all kinds of challenges, you meet them head on the best you can”.
 Reviewed by Roy T James for Reader's Favorite
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 'When Reality Hits' by Arthur Berm is not one of those stories where one says, as the author tells, “Oh! That reminds me” and bore some poor soul with its narration. The book begins with a quote from Einstein, “The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything”, presumably propelling the author to say what he says. Put to work by SS soldiers, made to strip jewels, including their golden teeth, from the bodies of Jewish victims, staying alive became a full time job involving much skill. How he experienced the ending of the Second World War, retreat of the Germans, his involvement with national reconstruction efforts and finally immigrating to Canada, for a new start in life. All stand out, his experiences with the aboriginal Canadian Indians, the friendship with a Scottish family having two girls and falling in love with one of them to wed and bed, electricity saving by ironing only the visible portion of a shirt, and a horde of topics of contemporary interest, like, euthanasia. Cloning or school curriculum. This book also has a good discussion on controversial topics, like overdoing political correctness, global warming or trade balance.
'When Reality Hits' by Arthur Berm is a thorough book, I could not find a matter of contemporary interest not covered by the author. And I couldn’t see those topics from an angle not attempted by the author. Dwelling into all sides of human transactions and affinities giving due attention to the changing environment, this book is a welcome addition to our literary wealth, especially about the topics, we generally take for granted, we are uncomfortable with or that are contentious.
 Reviewed by Roy T James for Reader's Favorite
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'What Most Business Owners Don’t Know...And Will Never Know...About Internet Marketing' by John North is intended to guide one through the internet marketing maze and to show how to change the way business is done. The author begins with the pros of internet marketing and makes a strong case, as to why one should engage in this. Core components of internet marketing, like website, BLOG etc are then discussed, which is followed by acquainting one with the types of marketing (about 100) available to choose from. A discussion about the cautions one need to observe, followed by the myths prevailing and a look into the latest trends in this field, and succeeded by various techniques to enhance the current state of internet marketing brings the book to an end.

What Most Business Owners Don’t Know...And Will Never Know...About Internet Marketing by John North is a comprehensive guide for implementing the latest marketing strategies. More than enabling one to be always up-to-date with the state of the art, the strategies mentioned in this book can empower one to be ahead of competitors, an essential need in a fast moving market. The book is well written, all topics related to internet marketing is dealt comprehensively and thoroughly. Stepwise, simple and clear instructions, including the directions for handling mistakes and other embarrassments, make the transition to a generational change in technology and approach, fairly easy to achieve. A navigable table of contents would have greatly eased the use of this as a ready reference.
 Reviewed by Roy T James for Reader's Favorite
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‘The Vending Machine Effect’ by Boydell Randolph is about what the author calls as the Vending Machine Effect, how we have allowed outside limitations to determine the choices that we make in our lives. The author begins by saying that the one thing, that differentiate humans from all other forms of life is that humans exercise the power of choice. See, the lion is a lion every day of its life, and so is a rat, or any other form of life. But human can become whatever they want, whenever they choose. Thereafter he examines other aspects of life and living, things like, the power of ones wish, the tendency to follow a herd, the whole idea of ownership, the propensity to be lazy and the human necessity to have a ‘want’, always and every time. These precepts, if followed, can free one from the chains, and enable making ones own choices.
‘The Vending Machine Effect’ by Boydell Randolph is a new look at the manifestation of human nature. Some areas or discussions found in this book could be found at other places, but a formulation like this, to represent human nature is a unique approach. I am in no position to certify to the veracity of the author’s findings, but it has been presented convincingly, deserving a second look. Though this book does not leave a reader question free, if contains many new ideas to keep a discerning reader engaged for long. Well organized book with operational table of contents.
 Reviewed by Roy T James for Reader's Favorite
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  ‘UNTAMED SILK’ by W. B. Klift begins with John Verraine, of Verraine wear fame, celebrating the entry of Diana Franks as an executive. Diana was the perfect choice, sexy, charming, and expressive, for the line of clothing launched for those from the glamorous sides of life. David Stern, another important member of the team, who has certain philanthropic connections in Africa, is involved with a project to develop a wild silk industry in Africa. David finds himself attracted to Diana, who forgets about her independent nature and becomes almost glued to him. She even takes certain detours and risky adventures to free her mind of this. When information is received regarding arrest of David in Africa, a team proceeds to Africa for further help. During Diana’s trip to Africa as part of the team, a combined operation of African and UN forces take place, leading to the rescue and release of David.
‘UNTAMED SILK’ by W. B. Klift is a gripping novel. The self confident nature of the protagonists is clearly visible in the events that unfold. The climactic scenes towards the end of the novel truly reflect the deep anguish and sense of loss felt by all those connected with David including the agonizing response of Diana. “Tears were flowing; she couldn’t stop them.
“Yes, yes. I don’t know what … There must be something …. “
A moment of clarity that shocked her into resolve. “I have to go to him!”
“What? I’m sorry, I don’t understand.”
“I’m going there. Wherever he is. I have to see him.””

 Reviewed by Roy T James for Reader's Favorite
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