If you were to say "What springs to mind when you think of Bruce Lee?", most people would talk about martial arts or his untimely death. What a lot ofIf you were to say "What springs to mind when you think of Bruce Lee?", most people would talk about martial arts or his untimely death. What a lot of people don't know, is that Bruce Lee was as much of a Philosopher as he was a Martial Artist, or a movie star. Indeed, his degree in America was on Philosophy.
So it will come as little suprise then that Bruce will have had a lot of thoughts on aspects of life. And here they are. This small book contains some of the most poignant thoughts I have ever read, on all aspects; life and death, love and family, yin and yang. During the course of his life Bruce Lee was always writing down thoughts as they came to him on a notepad, and this book is the collection of some of those thoughts, organised and titled by John Little.
I've lost count of the times this book has helped me. You can literally open it at a random page and find -something- that helps with your day. It forms a fusion of Western and Eastern philosophy, shaken (not stirred) by Bruce Lee's unique outlook and enthusiasm for life. This isn't the type of book you can sit and read cover to cover, but it is a book that you will come back to again and again over the course of many years, and it's invaluable in my collection. ...more
Modern fantasy is clogged with copycats; all have their magics and swords and intruiges. Most are superficial, cobbled together novels that never trulModern fantasy is clogged with copycats; all have their magics and swords and intruiges. Most are superficial, cobbled together novels that never truly grip a reader and compel them to read on well past their bed time.
Not so with the "Empire Trilogy", and not so with the first in the series. "Daughter of the Empire" chronicles the struggle of Mara, daughter of an honourable house (House Acoma) as the political machinations of her beloved empire thrust her into the role of Ruling Lady. The book grips you and guides you on a touching and empathic story of one woman's struggle to safeguard her House, her people and her family.
The Japanese overtones to Kelewanese (Kelewan is the planet on which the book unfolds) society are obvious and intruiging, and the characters and customs of the Tsurani culture are rich, deep and compelling. The entire book feels fluid, real and fully realised in the readers' imagination - events begin to matter to you, characters quickly become true favourites or enemies, and you genuinely begin to feel every victory or setback suffered to House Acoma. It makes you want to read on, and makes this book, and the entire trilogy, one of the few genuine diamonds in a clogged genre. Read it!...more
Magician is one of those rare books that you stumble upon by accident, but end up loving for the rest of your life. I forget exactly how I came by it,Magician is one of those rare books that you stumble upon by accident, but end up loving for the rest of your life. I forget exactly how I came by it, either a gift or a purchase by me, but either way I'm distinctly grateful to have had the chance to read this book.
The story is of an orphaned keep boy, Pug, discovered to have limited talents with magic. But more than this, it's also a story of being a boy, of growing up and finding a place in the world. The Kingdom of the Isles is well realised and rich, and the writing of Feist is intelligent, flowing and gripping. As the title suggests, magic plays a key role in this book, but it just seems to be done better, more "realistically" than other fantasy novels.
Again, I always say a review is hard to do without plot spoilers, so I will just say this; if you enjoy fantasy on any level, then you should get this book and the others of the series. You won't regret it, and chances are you'll find yourself a new favourite....more
This was a gift from a friend, one of her favourite books, and I got the distinct impression that my precious legs would be broken if I didn't read itThis was a gift from a friend, one of her favourite books, and I got the distinct impression that my precious legs would be broken if I didn't read it promptly! But I was glad I did.
Though a little slow to start for me, the story quickly gathers pace, and has a way of sucking you in between one chapter and the next. Fitz is the illegitimate son of a Prince, forced to find his place amongst those who don't hesistate to remind him of his low station. As the story unfolds, Fitz finds his own, unusual and special place in the world through some unexpected encounters. Amidst turmoil for the Kingdom and inner strife for the boy, a rich world is created that's genuinely interesting.
The book does exactly what it should do; entertains but leaves you wanting more. What actually happens to those undergoing the Forging? Will Fitz develop the Skill, and if so, how? How will he face the challenges of being around known enemies, but without the means to confront them directly? It's hard to review without giving spoilers, but suffice to say, were you to read this book and give it a few chapters to lay the scene, you will quickly be immersed in the story and will want more. Now I just have to wait until payday to obtain the others in the series....more