Good companion piece to the first game, although the material does seem to overlap slightly with the beginning of the second game. Interesting story oGood companion piece to the first game, although the material does seem to overlap slightly with the beginning of the second game. Interesting story outside the world of the The World video game, which is good because you don't get very much of that playing the PS2 game.
The writing level is obviously very low because this is a light novel aimed at younger teenagers and meant to be short and easy. As such, it takes like an hour or two to read the entire thing. I'd say if you are, in 2010, looking to play through the .hack games for the first time, that you'd do well to get these novels for cheap and read them after you finish each of the games in the series.
The art in the book is not particularly good, but I think that mostly has to do with it being basically pencils (to use a comicbook term) without any ink finishing or colors. They're fine for giving you an idea of what the characters look like, but you're not going to want to collect the series for the art....more
The Fighter’s Mind is an incredible look at the mental part of competition and life. Through the lens of combat sports, Sam Sheridan goes around the wThe Fighter’s Mind is an incredible look at the mental part of competition and life. Through the lens of combat sports, Sam Sheridan goes around the world in search of answers to various questions about how top personalities think about fighting. The book is laid out in the form of short sections about each of the people that Sam talks to. People like Dan Gable, Freddie Roach, Greg Jackson, Renzo Gracie, and Randy Couture answer Sheridan’s excellent questions with thoughtful and insightful responses that are presented in such a way that you get a very good look at how they think about the fight game and what in their lives have made them reach that point.
Sam also covers areas outside of fighting, but areas that are thematically related. He talks to David Horton about endurance running, and he talks to Josh Waitzkin about moving from chess to tai chi to jiu-jitsu. In each section, Sheridan lets the subject be as concise or explanatory as they need to be on the page. He interjects his own experience into the responses, always at the correct time and always with an astute bit to enhance what the passage is about. I’d say that this isn’t just the best combat sports book I’ve read. This is the best sports book I’ve read. It’s the best psychology book I’ve read. It is as thorough a meditation on the human passion for fighting and testing oneself as has ever been written. If you are at all interested in mixed martial arts, boxing, traditional martial arts, the human mind, or competition, you owe it to yourself to check this book out. As far as Sam Sheridan’s catalogue of modern combat sports goes, I can definitely say that he is the A.J. Liebling of this generation....more