I loved this book. It's a memoir of sorts, but also always has a lingering feeling that this project is really more of a verbal scrap book for his chi...moreI loved this book. It's a memoir of sorts, but also always has a lingering feeling that this project is really more of a verbal scrap book for his children.
The prose is simple and enjoyable, the humour is not forced and has authenticity (so you will actually laugh at times), and overall I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would recommend it to just about anyone.
Randy is not without his flaws, but his large ego and a lack of altruism did not ruin his character for me, rather it felt like a well constructed book, covering an unfinished life.(less)
I love Steve Martin, but this book is awful. He rehashes his stand-up career and apparently this book is first time he ever has seriously revisited it...moreI love Steve Martin, but this book is awful. He rehashes his stand-up career and apparently this book is first time he ever has seriously revisited it.
Some things are in the past for a reason, his stand-up act is one of them. I'm sure at the time it was great and innovative, but this material has not aged well at all. It's hacky and dull. One of his signature bits was wearing a prop hat with an arrow that goes through it-wow, what a gas.
The personal side of his life during this era and struggles are interesting, but that's background noise to the his stand-up career, which is nothing short of awful.
I'd recommend the audio version of this book for anyone though since Steve Martin himself reads it. Since there are a lot of his jokes and voices I think it's important to hear them w/his voice to give them the proper delivery.(less)
I was expecting to love this book, and boy was I disappointed. The writing is very flat which lead me to check the numbers of pages left in a chapter...moreI was expecting to love this book, and boy was I disappointed. The writing is very flat which lead me to check the numbers of pages left in a chapter fairly often.
Also, if you have read other food material (or have watched more than a few food documentaries), you will be hard pressed to learn anything new from this book.
The book is not bad, but I was just expecting a lot more in terms of content and prose. Since there are so many other choices out there, I can't say I would recommend this one.(less)
I really enjoyed this book; although I actually did the audio version rather than the paperback. (Phil doesn't read it; normally I prefer the author t...moreI really enjoyed this book; although I actually did the audio version rather than the paperback. (Phil doesn't read it; normally I prefer the author to read their own book, but given the timber of his voice, it's probably for the best that he didn't.) I would have given it 5 stars, but during the playoff section it turned into an almost play-by-play recap of scores and stats, which just does not make for a great story.
The rest of the book does mention numbers and stats, but they're provided more as a backdrop to the story, rather than being the story itself. My guess is that Phil's personal journal entries may have been a little light during the playoffs, and since the publisher couldn't ignore the playoff period, opted to just ramble on with a bunch of scores and figures from players and games.
Other than that slight bump, the book was quite entertaining. Phil Jackson comes off as an extremely interesting and enlightening character, who obviously has an amazing understanding of the NBA (and its business operations), and the fundamentals of the game of basketball itself.
Most of the problems that he is forced to deal with-both on and off the court-aren't the ones that I would have guessed. From the inconsistency of officiating, to how players selfishly attempt to boost their own figures (for their next contract negotiation, which are heavily based on these numbers), to how most players are essentially immature children (he doesn't say this, but you're lead in this direction)-all of his experience and perspective is bundled up in this book.
Throughout the novel you start to grasp that at least half of his job has nothing to do with the game of basketball, and that instead the lion's share is about managing the egos and pride of his players; at times you feel like he's just a parent to a large set of child stars.
The books ends with him retiring: he's done with the Lakers organization. In real life, he does end up going back, which, after sharing all of the reasons for departing, has me scratching my head. Hopefully he picks up the pen again one day and will share why he choose to go down the road he did; I'll definitely be there to read, or listen, to it.(less)
If the author spent as much time proof reading her book as she did writing fake reviews on amazon, then her book might have been a little more tolerab...moreIf the author spent as much time proof reading her book as she did writing fake reviews on amazon, then her book might have been a little more tolerable. Doubtful though, there are so many problems with this one that it's not even worth the time writing a full review.(less)
The narrator is a writer himself, well sports writer, so perhaps that's why this book follows an extremely predictable style. Every c...moreMediocre at best.
The narrator is a writer himself, well sports writer, so perhaps that's why this book follows an extremely predictable style. Every chapter is written the same way; it's not the worst formula in the world, but when you follow it every chapter it becomes laborious for the reader to care.
The man he is writing about seems like an interesting man, but even his insight into life is pretty vanilla. He talks about how life is about love, companionship, and altruism (which other than being a professor, I'm not sure how Morrie himself ever gave back). Okay, pretty basic stuff, but decent enough blocks to build off of, let the story and life wisdom begin....
Nope, that's it. He just emphasizes that again, and then again, and then again. This is insightful?
It wasn't an awful book, but half way through I was checking how much more of this I needed to read.
I've come across a few books like this, very cheesy and obvious notions on the philosophy of life, and I noticed that they were all published in late 90s. Not sure why this particular brand of self-help books were popular then, but I'm glad they've stayed there.(less)
This book completely feels like Rosen's idea, but knowing that no one cares about him tapped his friend Phil to includes a few chapters (and to put a...moreThis book completely feels like Rosen's idea, but knowing that no one cares about him tapped his friend Phil to includes a few chapters (and to put a photo of Phil on the cover with his name in HUGE FONT).
Phil's chapters are really interesting, Rosen's are not. Rosen talks about himself a lot and his history as a player and coach, blah blah, who cares? Does anyone want to hear from a mediocre player and a worse coach who only realized years later how he should have handled himself professionally?
Phil on the other hand could get away with talking about himself since his life has actually been interesting (and successful), but instead he is quite humble. Phil mostly talks about the game of basketball-both as a coach and a player-and the various challenges he has faced over the years.
Overall I liked the book, but only because of the chapters done by Phil Jackson. It's nice that Rosen is fulfilling his dream as a writer and all, but ... well he's not very good at it-this should be obvious to you when the publisher puts your name in tiny font even though you wrote most of the book and did all of the research.
I'd recommend renting this from the library and only reading Phil's chapters.(less)
A memoir of sorts of Trevanian's childhood. It was a good book overall, but I felt that it could have been great-he was definitely onto something, but...moreA memoir of sorts of Trevanian's childhood. It was a good book overall, but I felt that it could have been great-he was definitely onto something, but it just seemed to fall short for some reason. Well one adjustment that he definitely needed to make was the omission of about 100 pages of the imaginary army adventures.
Reliving those adventures must have excited him a lot since he detailed them extensively.... and often. Sadly for the reader these were not exciting. They are actually the exact opposite of exciting-the word awful comes to mind. Just as soon as I'd be getting into the book he'd start battling Nazis again: my eyes would roll into the back of my head and the pages would start to turn at a much slower rate.
I was sad to learn that the author died before he could write about his post-teenage years in life (where this book ends). I feel like the story is incomplete. Like this was part 1 of a trilogy, but now the other parts will never be made (I don't know if he even had plans to append other novels to this one).
So I liked the book, but wouldn't really recommend it as a must-read to anyone. It's good, it's interesting, but there are so many other better books out there. If it's in front of you sure, knock yourself out, but don't go out of your way for it.(less)
Ah yes, I love health books with no real sources or citations. It's almost as if you can just say whatever you want and we're just supposed to take yo...moreAh yes, I love health books with no real sources or citations. It's almost as if you can just say whatever you want and we're just supposed to take your casual observations with no scientific evidence as fact. Ignoring that massive oversight, this book is really not a book as much as it is a glorified pamphlet (if that) for the company that he's pushing products for.
The authors throw in a few random words that you would only find in a chemistry book: I presume in an attempt to provide some credibility or an illusion of intellect. Unfortunately, the 8th grade writing level speaks otherwise for this poor sales pitch of a novella.
I'd say this book is completely useless (the main purpose seems to be about getting you interested in their products), and I even felt guilty giving it to the local used bookstore since I knew it should be put with the recycling instead. (less)
The beginning was intriguing, but as it progressed the story lines became quite predictable, and then like in any fairy tale (even though these are su...moreThe beginning was intriguing, but as it progressed the story lines became quite predictable, and then like in any fairy tale (even though these are supposed to be authentic stories), everything gets resolved and tied with a pretty little bow on the last page.
The author also seemed quite full of himself. Something about the way he presented himself as this sage character-that he is filled with infinite wisdom-it just bugged me. So although I liked some of the information, I felt the presentation of it took away from the content. On the other hand, if this book interests you, it's so short that it doesn't really matter one way or the other.(less)