This is not an incredibly long book (the last half is a phenomenal list of resources for fathers), but it is a wonderful resource for fathers facing aThis is not an incredibly long book (the last half is a phenomenal list of resources for fathers), but it is a wonderful resource for fathers facing any difficulties in custody battles with their exes. A very easy read, Anne Mitchell's writing is straight and very to-the-point. Having years of experience as a Father's Rights attorney allows her to speak knowledgeably and directly about these issues.
I personally am fortunate to be in a stable situation with my wife and children, but I immediately started passing out some of Ms. Mitchell's advice to friends and family members that are fighting the uphill battle against fathers in the family court system. I believe that, with her advice and guidance, they will be able to be the great fathers that they WANT to be but the system and society doesn't want them to be....more
It's a little silly at times and there's some hilarious fourth-wall breaking here and there, but ultimately this is a great book to introduce the fundIt's a little silly at times and there's some hilarious fourth-wall breaking here and there, but ultimately this is a great book to introduce the fundamental teachings of the Buddha for someone interested in learning them, including some practical application examples for regular people (not isolated monks).
I picked this up hoping it would serve to help me introduce the teachings to my almost-7yo, but even though it breaks things down very simply, the comics themselves don't exactly help break it down to language a child can understand. Still, it can serve as an aide. :)...more
If I were rating this book just on the Saint of Killers storyline, this definitely would have been a 5-Star read. The Arseface stuff was okay and theIf I were rating this book just on the Saint of Killers storyline, this definitely would have been a 5-Star read. The Arseface stuff was okay and the Good Old Boys was good for some twisted crap, but it was an absolute pleasure to read the Saint's story. As Ennis talks about in his Foreword, it's clear he's a lover of Westerns and nothing beats a genre story written by a real student of the genre.
Plus, you hear stories all the time about characters do evil that Hell spat 'em back out. Not often you get to actually read that story. Great stuff again. :)...more
Jonathan Gould describes his first full-length novel as "Tolkien meets Dr. Seuss." While, on the surface, this is a completely accurate way to prepareJonathan Gould describes his first full-length novel as "Tolkien meets Dr. Seuss." While, on the surface, this is a completely accurate way to prepare someone to read his wonderful epic comedic fantasy, it does not fully do the work justice. When I first started reading it, I agreed that it felt like The Hobbit recast in Whoville.
Having previously read Gould's first two pieces (the satiric novellas Doodling and Flidderbugs), though, I was prepared to look into Magnus Opum with a deeper perception. What I found was that Gould's brilliant satiric mind found a way to send us messages even if it was obscured in a larger work of parody such as this.
The story begins Tolkien-ish enough: an adventure-seeking member of a comfortable diminutive race (Magnus Mandalora of the Kertoobis) ventures outside of his happy, comfort zone on a quest to follow in his brother's footsteps. The parallels to Lord of the Rings and other epic fantasies are also found in the two main races he deals with: the wise and beautiful Cherines (elves?) and the grotesque and barbaric Glurgs (orcs?).
However, like any truly great parody work, Gould also brings his own staggering imagination into the fray. This is where his master satirical pen steps in and elevates Magnus Opum from mere genre mimicry to a wonderful piece of original art. Through Magnus's journey, we learn lessons on the absurdity of materialism (blasted Plergle-Brots), gossip & the hidden truths in rumors (never trust a Doosie), and the problems that a simple misunderstanding of cultural differences can cause.
The world of Magnus Opum is so amazingly other with its odd creatures, customs, and naming conventions (hence the comparisons to Seuss's whimsical worlds). At the same time, Jonathan Gould is skilled enough to show parallels to our own culture and customs that we can enjoy Magnus's story as an outsider, but still see the absurdity present in our own societies. At the end of the day, the story of Magnus Mandalora of the small homely village of Lower Kertoob is fun, funny, educational, and a master work of both parody AND satire rolled into an easy-to-read family-friendly story. ...more