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Pride of Ownership,
This review is from: The Dangerous Book for Boys (Hardcover)
Some books you hang onto because they are useful, or well written, or happy memories are associated with them. And then there are the select books that are so handsome, you keep them because of pride of ownership. THE DANGEROUS BOOK FOR BOYS is a keeper in all these categories. It is so durable and well designed, it is an absolute pleasure to hold and read.
As to its actual contents, it sits at the pinnacle of nonfiction for early teen and 'tween boys, alongside The Big Book of Boy Stuff by, er, yours truly. Anyway, the chapters in DANGEROUS BOOK are a glorious, encyclopedic hodge-podge. They range from the historical ("The Golden Age of Piracy") to the esoteric ("Grinding an Italic Nib"!) to the quite daring ("Understanding Grammar").
My kudos to the Brothers Iggulden for this retro look celebrating the secrets of boyhood. And again, neither gender nor age should restrict its readership; this book looks great sitting on anyone's nightstand.
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Initial post: Jun 12, 2007 7:01:24 PM PDT
Posted on Jun 24, 2007 12:58:36 PM PDT
Rowan Reader says:
I suggest you read reviews instead of skimming them - the comment "er - by yours truly" would be the pertinent section you appear to have missed. And also, since when does being a writer oneself (and on a related topic, I might add) remove you from valid reviewership? I would argue the opposite. If my competition thinks highly enough to advertise for me, with only a mild plug for their own works, then I find that speaks rather highly of my own work.
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 6, 2007 5:28:44 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 6, 2007 5:29:06 PM PDT
I found the plug to be amusing... just because it seemed pretty desperate despite being quite mild.
Besides, if anything, he convinced me to buy this book over his own (though I won't be buying either at the moment). I think it reflects well on both authors/sets of authors if one praises the other... especially since they could lose sales by recommending their competition. Just my two cents...
Posted on Nov 18, 2007 5:03:00 PM PST
There is nothing wrong with putting in a plug for oneself to let people know it's out there. Now stick that in your pipe and smoke it!
Think I'll go check out that other book for myself now, ta-ta!
Posted on Dec 31, 2007 1:01:17 AM PST
Eileen Lunardi says:
A lovely, non-political review. Just what I was looking for. This IS a wonderful book.
In reply to an earlier post on Mar 31, 2008 4:19:50 PM PDT
Bart King has nothing but praise for his competitor's book. He mentions his own book in only part of one sentence.
Sure, he says his own book is good. Wouldn't you? But to say that his competitor's book is just as good, says a lot about himself, and certainly of the other book.
Posted on Sep 24, 2008 2:34:37 PM PDT
Posted on Jan 27, 2016 8:20:45 PM PST
R. Woods says:
Your shameless plug earned my respect.
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