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Rules for My Unborn Son Hardcover – Bargain Price, October 27, 2009
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The concept behind Lamond's website is both inspired and inspiring, a collection of dicta ranging from the practical to the moral to the philosophical, complemented by carefully selected photographs and musical pieces that illustrate his points perfectly. The rest of the Internet could disappear tomorrow and all would be well provided Lamond continues with his postings.
His book, however, seems to lack a certain something that makes the website such compulsive reading, at least for a fan who has already pored over the archives multiple times. The problem, I think, stems from the unavoidable limitations imposed by the publishing process in capturing the essence of the site; where the site flows so perfectly with photograph leading to caption leading to song leading to the next nugget of wisdom the book seems a little disjointed, rather less rich and engaging. The book is still great, just not perfect.
Despite these unfortunate deficiencies, Rules for My Unborn Son would make a perfect gift for anyone with eyes and the ability to read English, and it would be an ideal introduction to the greater treasures contained within the site itself. I've already bought two copies, and as holidays and birthdays roll around once again I'll continue to buy this book for everyone I know and love until my friends and family stage an intervention.
If you know a soon-to-be dad, get this book for them. Even if you're not a dad, get the book. The advice is useful for men of all ages on how to be a well rounded man.
Ironically, some of the quotes are things that I find myself saying variations of on a daily basis to coworkers, friends and family.
I bought this book to give to my son when he is a bit older (he is currently 2), but I think all the advice in the book is solid and will help boys grow up into something that resembles a gentleman; rather than a boy who can shave.
My favorite quotes from the book are:
"Short pants are for little boys, decide for yourself when you are a man"
"Men should not wear sandals. Ever."
"Don’t pose with booze."
"Identify your most commonly used word or phrase, and eliminate it."
Most of the content that is available in the book is also available on the author's blog: http://rulesformyunbornson.tumblr.com/
Each page contains one or two "rules" for the author's unborn son, meant to serve as guideposts on the boy's road to manhood. The rules are generally witty and playful, rather than deep or life-changing. Don't buy this as an instruction manual on how to raise a son, but purchase it to start you thinking about parenthood with a healthy serving of laughter along the way.
I bought a copy for my dad and plan on adding quick notes next to the rules he taught me that have really helped me along the way. If you have kids, it would be amazing to hand over a copy of this book with your own notes about the rules you think are the most valuable.
There's nothing quite like a father's wisdom--and Walker Lamond has distilled the best of it!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I thought it would be more in depth. Just a bunch of one liners" never do this but always do that" not worth $10. Definitely the easiest money this guy ever made.Published 2 months ago by grod
Product as described, shipped fast and a great price. I would use again and recommend.Published 8 months ago by Jeffery J.
Great book---bought a pair after my two oldest got married this year.Published 10 months ago by Philip L Palmer