I'd read somewhere that this was pretty good, else I'd never have picked it up. I guess I should be more discerning about where I collect my recommendI'd read somewhere that this was pretty good, else I'd never have picked it up. I guess I should be more discerning about where I collect my recommendations from...
Initially, I tripped over some odd word choices and the over use of adjectives, but I was holding out hope it would improve. However, the more I read... the more I cocked my head in confusion.
"The sky was the sort of open blue that prompted content, indulgent thoughts of a step-ladder and a spoon, just to see if it tasted as ripe as it looked."
I don't know what "open blue" is or how one would determine if it's "ripe."
I'm having a harder time, lately. I love sci-fi and fantasy and I know they require the reader to suspend belief, but I like my reading and viewing materials to make logical sense within the created world(s), at the very least. ...more
An acquaintance recommended that I read this, so it wasn't a topic personally on my radar. My sibling was labeled aThis is an odd one to review, IMO.
An acquaintance recommended that I read this, so it wasn't a topic personally on my radar. My sibling was labeled as "gifted," when we were young. Though, I was never tested. Due to a lifetime of hearing and understanding that I 'don't measure up,' to have someone suggest that I may be gifted and talented seemed completely outlandish. I'm not saying I'm convinced, but... this book certainly explains a lot of my eccentricities that others find to be "too much." It also couldn't have come at a better time, when I've been trying to figure me out.
It can be a bit of a dry read, at times, but overall it was informational and eye opening. I would be curious to read an updated version, with more current research included.
While it explained several of the whys, I wish there had been a few more suggestions on the next steps. I always want to know the whys, sometimes to my detriment, but in this case I need to know or maybe to figure out, "now what?" Because I didn't feel the reader was given enough to work with.
Like I'm on the cusp of something and this book got me a few big steps closer, quite a bit faster, but I just can't seem to get over that final bit...
Anyway, it's a solid read, a realistic read. No rose tinted glasses here.
I'm going to split this review to cover roughly two areas.
Waters shared a heartfelt and difficult journey, that is eye opening for anyone who is newlI'm going to split this review to cover roughly two areas.
Waters shared a heartfelt and difficult journey, that is eye opening for anyone who is newly coming out later in life or anyone who is not in the LGBTQ community. She discussed the hurdles she did and will continue to face that some may not even consider. However, because she shared these things as a part of HER story, it never seemed to come across as preaching or "woe is me." It was simply, these are her new facts of life. (That's not to say there wasn't ANY pontificating in this book; she's passionate.)
I appreciated the insight and the emotional tone in which she presented her story. It was of the heart.
As for the structure, writing, and editing... I initially was unfamiliar with Dog Ear Publishing, and didn't know it's a self-publishing house, so to speak. So, it left me with an ever growing sour taste in my mouth as I proceeded through the book...
I don't recall finding spelling errors, instead I found missing and extra words, throughout. I almost wondered if it was a computer glitch, because the words generally tended to be small prepositions. Maybe Waters did a Find & Replace that went awry? Who knows. But it eventually got old.
I want to say that I didn't really start to see this show up en force until around chapter 6.
The structure of the book was a bit meandering in spots with tangential stories, for which I was perplexed over why they were included or where they were leading. Apart from the iffy baseball analogy in the beginning (though I understand why she used it), the first part of the book seemed more structurely sound than the latter.
A book is hard, grueling work, like birthing a baby, so I can see how it could have happened. I think having an official publisher and editor would have tidied it up.
All of that said, if you look past these technical aspects to the messages behind the author's words, there were valuable life experiences and personal insights and discoveries to learn from. And in my opinion, those technical aspects did not hamper my ability to still glean those lessons.
If you want to read this book, don't let these things hold you back - just be prepared for them....more
Meh. I don't remember if I paid anything for this Kindle, but if I did I certainly hope it wasn't for more than $0.99.
It was enlightening and it may hMeh. I don't remember if I paid anything for this Kindle, but if I did I certainly hope it wasn't for more than $0.99.
It was enlightening and it may have helped me unearth yet another psychopath in my world, but it had a much smaller scope than I anticipated or hoped for. A check list is helpful, but practical application or a better understanding of how those 150 criteria play out in a non-violent psychopath would've been even better. I feel like I "paid" (Assuming that I did.) money for a checklist when I expected a book. Maybe that's my fault for not being better informed, going in. ...more
I've never left a negative review without having read the book, before. However, I promised I would do just that here on GoodReads and Amazon, if theI've never left a negative review without having read the book, before. However, I promised I would do just that here on GoodReads and Amazon, if the "Launch Team would not stop contacting me. So, here I am.
The 3 accounts which contacted me were clearly fake and all promptly deleted after having recommended Perrin Briar's book. All accounts were created in the current month, with fewer than a dozen ratings that were nearly all identical. There were zero written reviews. Briar & his supposed "Launch Team" must think readers/reviewers are particularly stupid. Every message to me was nearly identical, and in each one the individual said:
"The reason I’m doing this is because I’m in his ‘Launch Team’ which means I get his latest releases free in exchange for an honest review." (Bold emphasis, mine.)
The fact is, of the three accounts (Alanys, Grim, Jack Campbell), NOT ONE had rated Z-Minus let alone reviewed it!
If you want honest reviews, if you want to be successful "Perrin Briar," then do the hard work. Offer quality, not deception. If you had earned my respect, I may have spread the word loudly and widely for free. Instead, you're getting exactly the opposite reputation you likely wanted....more
The narrator was ultimately the clincher for me. For the most part, he followed the same intonations over and over, and it became grating. These tendeThe narrator was ultimately the clincher for me. For the most part, he followed the same intonations over and over, and it became grating. These tendencies also had a way of making the writing sound very simplistic. Maybe it is, maybe it isn't, or maybe my tastes have changed. But I felt like I was being read to almost as if I were a child.
I think there's a careful delineation between understanding the fragility of a character and conveying that to the listener. I really wanted to embrace this story and to hear more about Lily, but I only ended up wanting to punch the narrator.
I think I stumbled upon West on Twitter, and then I realized that Shrill was written by the one and same, Lindy West. Although technically a series ofI think I stumbled upon West on Twitter, and then I realized that Shrill was written by the one and same, Lindy West. Although technically a series of essays, they flow together into an empowering narrative. A journey, if you will.
I cheered, I laughed out loud, I grieved, I railed, and yes, my eyes even leaked a little.
I went from perceiving West online as superhuman, whose confidence and success I could never even begin to approach. Shrill brought West back to earth, made her wholly human, wholly woman, in all her glory and fallibility; it showed me that we aren't so different.
Her essays powerfully express concepts, feelings, and experiences that many women face regarding sexism and misogyny. She shines a glaringly bright light on society's obsession with size, and what it's like to be fat. Not only were these essays thought provoking and empowering, but I think they'd be eye opening for any man interested in some of the fears and concerns women face.
Several quotes spurred (and will continue to spur) further percolating on these topics and more. Definitely worth the read.
This book would never have been published if it had been submitted to any other publisher than the author's own company.
Despite supposedly being editeThis book would never have been published if it had been submitted to any other publisher than the author's own company.
Despite supposedly being edited by 4 people (3 mentioned in the acknowledgments plus himself, mentioned in the forums.), the content needed a major overhaul. I lost count at the number of typos, grammatical and punctuation errors, not to mention the terribly difficult to read run on sentences.
As far as content, having read a fair number of psychology books (and poker books), "Real Poker Psychology" contained zero psychology. There were a few odd references to Freud, if you want to include them but based on context I'm not inclined to. The poker references were dated or obsolete, included incomplete information, and showed the author's disconnect from today's NL game, where most mental game players seem to come from.
Malmuth chooses his own definitions for already coined terms like "mental toughness." He also seems to misunderstand that there's a difference between cockiness and self-confidence. It seems this is where his lack of psychology background reveals itself. (Mind you, I don't have a psychology background, either...)
After reading all of the hoopla in the forums, listening to his podcast appearances, and reading the excerpts he posted, etc., I was lead to believe I would gain "new" information or rather further explanations behind Malmuth's theories and claims by purchasing and reading his book. Instead, I received the same message he espouses in the forums, only in a much longer and more repetitive format. The answer: learn how to play poker well and have a good understanding of all things poker. Everything else will fall into place.
Apart from this mantra, the main message I received is that he's REALLY not a fan of Dr. Patricia Cardner's - from footnotes to subtle comments to his list of 67 "erroneous concepts" from Dr. Cardner's Positive Poker. His long list centered around the Dr. is odd, because many of his "erroneous concepts" seem like PERSONAL nit picking or things he's grasping at.
All of his "erroneous concepts" (No matter who he referenced.) seemed to be sucked up and viewed in a vacuum. He's taken things out of context from the surrounding paragraphs, chapters, or the context of entire books. His tunnel vision for these topics and most throughout his book, presents a decidedly pinpoint view for the reader. He sees things strictly through his (and his friends) anecdotal experiences with very black and white perspectives, which doesn't create an environment for learning. All in all, his writing came across as a book-long rant.
In the end, this was... I don't think I've ever said this... I think this was the most painful and unenjoyable read I've ever experienced. I paid way too much (with a poor exchange rate, at the time) for a book that essentially told me what the author has been saying everywhere for FREE. I learned no poker psychology, and I can legitimately say that I learned nothing of value in any other area, either....more