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Solitary Fitness
Solitary Fitness
by Charles Bronson
Edition: Paperback
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I got this book for laughs, and..., January 18, 2010
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Okay, I'm going to be up front: I got this book on a lark. I expected to get some laughs and crazy stories, and maybe to come away with some excuse-busting skills. Well, I wasn't disappointed. The book has quite a bit of crazy in it, and if you like Steve Justa, you'll dig Bronson, too. If a sedentary person wanted to get fit without spending a lot of money on supplements, equipment, and "secrets of..." this book would be a great companion and coach. If a weights guy wanted to get into bodyweight stuff and learn muscle controls like the old timers, this book would be about perfect (again, if you like his writing style). If a person hated the gym, or didn't have space in their home, this book is great. Again, brace yourself for zany sidebars, weird ramblings, and rants about '70s era bodybuilders, but keep an open mind. You just might wind up stronger and more athletic for it.

The No S Diet: The Strikingly Simple Weight-Loss Strategy That Has DietersRaving--and Dropping Pounds
The No S Diet: The Strikingly Simple Weight-Loss Strategy That Has DietersRaving--and Dropping Pounds
by Reinhard Engels
Edition: Paperback
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Uncommon Approach, July 20, 2008
The No S Diet takes an interesting approach to fat loss. First, while many diets claim to advocate/be the authentic diets of our ancient anscestors, who were lean and much healthier. No S asserts that our RECENT anscestors were lean and healthy, and targets the bad habits and other problems that have recently allowed us to become lardy. Engels uses FDA and other historical data to show how (permasnacking, too much sugar, too many oversized portions) and when (within the last 50 years) we went wrong, and the No S Diet is simply a toolkit to turn back the clock as necessary. Beyond this, the diet is arranged to be sustainable through life. In No S, there are no evil macronutrients, so you can eat with your family and friends without friction or special accomodations for you. Importantly, the diet assumes that you are a rational, thinking person who is able to improve yourself. If you are unsure as to whether you want to fork out for the book, just try going to the website and looking around.

Plague of the Dead (The Morningstar Strain)
Plague of the Dead (The Morningstar Strain)
by Z. A. Recht
Edition: Paperback
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome-Just Plain Awesome, January 7, 2007
I have been waiting for this book for a while now, and was overjoyed to receive it for X-mas. Recht is responsible for a new, doubly-terifying wrinkle in zombie fiction. I've often heard it debated whether the new fast zombies or the classic shambling ones are scarier. Morningstar gives us both! The first stage of infection has the morningstar virus acting like ebola or other fluid-borne bugs, and can be transmitted through various fluid exchanges (ew). The second stage fills the infected with rage and a ravenous apetite for violence, not to mention a veloceraptoresque pack hunting skill. If they die in this stage by any means other than destruction of the Cental Nervous System, they reanimate as classic undead zombies in the virus' thrid stage, at which point they can only be killed by destruction of the CNS.

You see what I mean? Nasty things!

Not only has Recht created what could be the most awful zombies yet, he provides us with engaging characters with largely realistic interactions (few characters are "flat" or anonymous without purpose).

Another thing that makes this book ineresting is that it, like Brooks' World War Z, is set on a global stage, spanning an ocean and two continents.

Go for it. If you like well-executed zombie stories, you'll devour this book.
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The Warrior Diet
The Warrior Diet
by Ori Hofmekler
Edition: Hardcover
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hit & Miss, depending...., February 12, 2006
This review is from: The Warrior Diet (Hardcover)
This diet is good, with some caveats. First, you will not adapt to it overnight, it takes a few weeks to a few months. If you are doing high volume training, you will probably have to alter either the diet or the training. Basically, to make this work, you have to be super flexible with it. I enjoy his writing style, laugh at his notions of history and his acceptance of instinct and sociobiology, and am horrified by the section on exercise (It's apallingly bad, don't waste your time. Barbells, Kettlebells, or bodyweight, but not the "warrior workout"). The hardest part about this diet is the family/social factor. If you're single, it is dead easy to do, though.

The Naked Warrior
The Naked Warrior
by Pavel Tsatsouline
Edition: Paperback
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nude Warfighter, February 12, 2006
This review is from: The Naked Warrior (Paperback)
This book is good stuff, even if you have access to everything and more in the way of equipment. I gave the book 4 stars because of the hype and the price, otherwise, it is excellent. Expect a stipped down program of 2-3 exercises and variations, not an encyclopedia of limbflapping. This book teaches strength as a skill, so if you want to "work out" until you're blinded by your own sweat, this isn't what you're after. This book is about generating, training, and demonstrating maximum effort strength, or brute strength if you prefer to say it that way.

Suns of God: Krishna, Buddha and Christ Unveiled
Suns of God: Krishna, Buddha and Christ Unveiled
by Acharya S
Edition: Paperback
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Triumph of Freethought; Desperately Needed., February 11, 2006
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First off, this book is a tad longer than I'm used to reading, so it took me a while. It is also very dense, academic, and not exactly the lightest subject in the world. It should also be noted that the material in Suns of God isn't necessarily what the rest of the herd has followed, said, sworn allegience to, spent untold fortunes and lives defending, etc. There are things in this book that will make you angry. Other things will make you sad. You will laugh more than a few times. And in the end, IF YOU'VE READ IT (a not so subtle challenge to some other reviewers), you will be different. You will understand the truth about the mythical beginnings of modern belief systems. These godmen weren't "groovy gurus" or enlightened wisemen who would later be deified, they were social constructs. These reveared heroes and godmen were nothing more than personifications of astronomical/astrological phenomena. You will understand that a deity doesn't have to be titled "sun god" to be a sun god and/or have decidedly solar traits. Across cultural and historical divides, solar/savior deities share a common template, and even the Catholic Encyclopedia admits that (don't take my word for it, look up "savior myths" under mythology in the CE)! If this sounds farfetched, rest assured, I tried to argue with the logic of the argument, I tried to argue with the sources, but time and time again, Acharya S. was spot on. I don't agree with all of the ideas in the book, and I don't know about the whole "mysterious brotherhood" thing, but it does serve to spice up the reading. To believers in any religion, I offer the following: read this book and know more about your own religion than you ever dreamed of, and also learn about the beliefs of others from a meticulous religious scholar. To skeptics, agnostics, atheists, and freethinkers: In this book, you have an ally (and mountains of ammunition) that will see you through countless debates and exchanges. To all, ENJOY!

Rock, Iron, Steel: The Book of Strength
Rock, Iron, Steel: The Book of Strength
by Steve Justa
Edition: Paperback
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Down and Dirty Approach to Strength..., August 4, 2004
This book, it must be understood, is geared toward those who train at home and can have a few odd objects in the backyard or basement as well. However, you can train in a commercial gym and still benefit from this man's knowledge. If looking pretty is all you care about (men or women!), this might not be for you (or, you may need it most!). Justa is bad attitude to the bone, tempered with loads of knowledge from books and life. Some of his recommendations have been criticized (I think the jumping stuff is a tad out there, myself, although others like it), but he is the real deal. Just a thought, how is someone paid to train or do research supposed to come up with strength-training strategies for people with hectic lives, jobs which are mentally and/or physically draining, or those who face wildly erratic schedules? Sure, the white-coats in sterile labs with 6-week studies of college freshmen get it right from time to time, but why not learn from someone who has faced such challenges all his life and became super strong in the process? This is great stuff.

The Christ Conspiracy: The Greatest Story Ever Sold
The Christ Conspiracy: The Greatest Story Ever Sold
by Acharya S
Edition: Paperback
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24 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Like Finding Out About Santa Claus..., August 4, 2004
First, I really enjoyed the book, and Acharya S. does do an excellent job blowing the lid off Christianity. I was impressed with the massive amounts of quotations from early pagans and church fathers alike, and Christian apologists as well. Exposing the "Holy Forgery Mill" and pulling no punches, the author's words hit the reader like a proverbial ton of bricks. I told some friends about it, and they said, "Wow, that's like when you're a kid and you find out about Santa Claus." I definitely agree, and would recommend this book to any free-thinker, with some caveats:

First, Acharya S. is not writing this book from the standpoint of strict, peer-reviewed academia, and is in fact quite sensationalist, so some of the sources are more than a tad bit odd. In fact, if this were a strictly academic work, I'm sure the author would not have touched a few of her sources with a 72-foot pole (find out about the significance of the number 72 in the book).

Second, the conspiracy bit is visible enough that the author did not need to speculate to the extent that she did.

Once again, I would have preferred a more strictly academic route, going with as little speculation as possbile, but I realize that strict, dry, peer-reviewed books and journals do not exactly sell like hotcakes, and the author's attitude and would not be able to come out in full bloom as was done in this book (not a bad thing, IMHO).

When I first saw this book, I had thought "oh, what a load of..." but I learned that the author has a website and upon investigation, her material, though shocking ( I had never even heard of the mythicist point of view before this), most of it checked out (the stuff about religion and religious history, I won't vouch for everything, and, certainly, didn't read everything else.) beyond reasonable doubt. So, I snagged a copy of this book, and, while not agreeing with all of the sources and much of the speculation, I am amazed. Overall, excellent stuff.

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