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Archery Answers: Learn All the Basics Now Paperback – April 29, 2016
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Michael Shaw is best known as “The Space Bear Hunter,” who popularized the tardigrade by hosting the viral internet video “First Animal to Survive in Space.” Mr. Shaw has starred in the PBS video on YouTube, “Songs For Unusual Creatures,” and has appeared on television in Brazil. He was recently featured in a science article in the New York Times. Mr. Shaw has written several bestselling books to assist students in preparing winning science fair projects. He has also written a travelogue book, photo-essay books, and has won an award for his inspirational poetry. This is his first Archery How-To book.
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I enjoyed the narrative from two archers in Shaw's fictional universe. The many archery photos as well as images of Blake and Celeste gave me insight into the world of archery. I'm also a bit of a do-it-yourselfer. There are several chapters on how to make your own bow stringer, armguard, and other archery accessories. I could have used this back in middle school.
If you want the basics about the world of archery, "Archery Answers" provides just that. Shaw offers references to more advanced books in the appendix. This book is an excellent companion to any of those.
From the 1 star review already posted on this book I expected it to be one of the many Kindle Unlimited scam books that has almost nothing but random padding to extend the length. But I was curious, so I downloaded it. It is not tone of those outright scams, but It certainly is a book that tries to game the Kindle Unlimited author royalties, where authors are paid by how many pages readers advance through. This book has very little on each page - like when students try to use big margins and large type to meet a "10 page" paper assignment. This books comes out to an undeserved 209 pages, all of which the author will receive payment for because of my curiosity. Gaming or not, the book does have does have some fairly nice quality photos, and there is some real archery advice buried in the book. Clearly the author does have archery experience. However, it is a scattered book that has way too many pretty photos of two romance novel models looking pretty and way too few detailed photos of specific technique. In fact, there are way more photos of how to fletch arrows than there are of how to shoot a bow.
Overall, I'd say the author has succeeded more at creating stock photos for a romance novel than he has at creating a useful book on archery. The book reads like a community college collaborative creative writing project. In some ways, it is a surprisingly well executed labor of love, though the conceit of being written by two different people fails utterly, as Shaw is unable to write in two different voices, or to create convincing characters. While I appreciate the creativity, effort, and even the modicum of expertise, that went into the book, ultimately I can't think of any reason to recommend it to anyone.
I've not researched Kindle Unlimited archery books other than to skim the titles, so can't say definitively that there are no good archery books on KU. But if you need an informative, and free, source of info on archery you can check the World Archery dot org website for their free PDF coaching manuals. You can also check out Shooting the Stickbow: A Practical Approach to Classical Archery here on Amazon. It is not a KU book, but it contains a wealth of information on target archery in a fat, self-published book for a fair price. Or check out any number of other archery books that **aren't by fictional characters...**
Oh, and one other thing. That cover photo, with "Blake" coaching "Celeste" by snuggling up to her from behind? Yeah, don't do that. That is seriously skeevy and unprofessional. Also, her bowhand index finger is up way too high and tight against the arrow - the arrow fetching will slice her bare finger when she looses the arrow. Don't do that either.