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A Review of Avatar and Nature Spirituality by Bron Taylor

Avatar and Nature Spirtuality by Bron TaylorAvatar and Nature Spirituality
by Bron Taylor

Avatar was a magical movie for me. I saw it in 3D at a theatre soon after it was released. The 3D was so lifelike that I felt that it was real, not a movie . It pulled me into the film. I felt more a part of the action than I ever had. It was like I was spending a few hours of my life on Pandora. I walked out of the theater feeling that my life had changed. I just knew that Avatar would change the way people interacted with nature. When I saw that this book was being released and available for review, I jumped on it.
This book has 14 articles that were published around the world along with a Prologue, Introduction and Epilogue by the editor, Bron Taylor and  Afterword by Daniel Heath Justice. The book is divided into 3 parts. Part 1 is Bringing Avatar Into Focus. Part 2 is Popular Responses. Part 3 is Critical, Emotional & Spiritual Reflections.
Avatar has been many things to different people, and these articles discuss many of the reactions that people have had to the film. Two of the articles research responses to the film by visiting some of the web sites that have forums devoted to discussions of Avatar (,,,, In two other articles, the authors interviewed individuals or groups and based their articles on the feedback they received. Most of the rest of the articles draw their research from previously published articles, blogs, web sites or books. Most of the articles seem well researched and bring a thoughtful insight to this book. A couple of the articles were less valuable to me because they seemed to be pushing the author’s preconceived agenda and fitting the facts to that preconception.
On the whole this book is a interesting, if somewhat dry, discussion of current ideas concerning the various reactions to the film Avatar, the ecological impacts, and the controversies surrounding the treatment of indigenous people on our own planet. The authors present many interesting and thoughtful ideas in their articles. They make you examine your own ideas and prejudices. The articles are also very good springboards for discussions. This would be a valuable textbook for a high school or college setting.
I give this book 4 1/2 stars out of 5 and a Big Thumbs Up. If you have seen Avatar and had a connection to the film, then this book is for you. If you think that there needs to be a reevaluation of current trends of allowing corporations unfettered access to natural resources, no matter the cost to the environment or the people who live in the area being developed, then you need to watch Avatar and then read this book.
I received this Digital Review Copy for free from

Book Description
Release date: July 1, 2013 | Series: Environmental Humanities
Avatar and Nature Spirituality explores the cultural and religious significance of James Cameron’s film Avatar (2010), one of the most commercially successful motion pictures of all time. Its success was due in no small measure to the beauty of the Pandora landscape and the dramatic, heart-wrenching plight of its nature-venerating inhabitants. To some audience members, the film was inspirational, leading them to express affinity with the film’s message of ecological interdependence and animistic spirituality. Some were moved to support the efforts of indigenous peoples, who were metaphorically and sympathetically depicted in the film, to protect their cultures and environments. To others, the film was politically, ethically, or spiritually dangerous. Indeed, the global reception to the film was intense, contested, and often confusing.
To illuminate the film and its reception, this book draws on an interdisciplinary team of scholars, experts in indigenous traditions, religious studies, anthropology, literature and film, and post-colonial studies. Readers will learn about the cultural and religious trends that gave rise to the film and the reasons these trends are feared, resisted, and criticized, enabling them to wrestle with their own views, not only about the film but about the controversy surrounding it. Like the film itself, Avatar and Nature Spirituality provides an opportunity for considering afresh the ongoing struggle to determine how we should live on our home planet, and what sorts of political, economic, and spiritual values and practices would best guide us.

Product Details
Paperback: 350 pages
Publisher: Wilfrid Laurier University Press (July 1, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 155458843X
ISBN-13: 978-1554588435
Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds

About the Author
Bron Taylor is a professor at the University of Florida and a fellow of the Rachel Carson Center in Munich, Germany. His books include Dark Green Religion: Nature Spirituality and the Planetary Future (2010), and he is the editor of the award-winning Encyclopedia of Religion and Nature (2005) and the Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture. His website is

The book description is from Amazon. Avatar and Nature Spirituality

A Review of Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us by Michael Moss

Salt Sugar Fat- How the Food Giants Hooked UsSalt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us

by Michael Moss

This is a must-read for anyone who is trying to lose weight. Mr. Moss reveals some of the reasons that it may be harder to lose weight than it seems like it should be. He gives you insight into the lifestyle changes that promote weight gain and hinder healthy eating, and discloses some little known facts about the food and drinks that everyone buys at the local supermarket.

Mr. Moss interviews many of the knowledgeable people in the processed food and beverage industry. He discovers that the scientists and engineers that are working for the food companies are using research and scientific testing to fine tune the food formulas to make their products taste so good that your body will then crave them. The ad agencies then promote that food so that you are thinking about the next time that you will be able to taste that delicious treat. The marketing experts make sure that the food you desire is in an easy to see location, so that you won’t have to wait for you next fix.

Is this a big conspiracy among the food giants to make everyone fat? No, Mr. Moss shows us that this is the free enterprise system at work. The food and beverage companies are just as beholden to Wall Street as the High Tech segment is. They have to increase sales and profits every quarter just like the rest of industrial America needs to. But if Apple gets people into their stores to get the new iPad Mini and then they also add a new iPhone and an Apple TV and maybe even an Airport Extreme, then when they walk out of that store, they may have an empty wallet, but they won’t be packing on the pounds. Every company in the United States is trying to maximize their sales and profits, but most of the time that doesn’t endanger the public’s health. Mr. Moss delves into the possibility of more government regulation, but until something is done to mandate changes in the way the food industry formulates their products, your best weapon  is knowledge, and Mr. Moss gives you some of that.

Read this, understand how you are being manipulated, and then maybe, just maybe you can get back in control of your eating and realize that you don’t need to gain weight every year.

I give this book 5 stars out of 5, and wish that everyone could read a copy and put these ideas to work. We will all feel more empowered and possibly healthier too.

I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

Book Description

Release date: February 26, 2013


From a Pulitzer Prize–winning investigative reporter at The New York Times comes the explosive story of the rise of the processed food industry and its link to the emerging obesity epidemic. Michael Moss reveals how companies use salt, sugar, and fat to addict us and, more important, how we can fight back.

In the spring of 1999 the heads of the world’s largest processed food companies—from Coca-Cola to Nabisco—gathered at Pillsbury headquarters in Minneapolis for a secret meeting. On the agenda: the emerging epidemic of obesity, and what to do about it.

Increasingly, the salt-, sugar-, and fat-laden foods these companies produced were being linked to obesity, and a concerned Kraft executive took the stage to issue a warning: There would be a day of reckoning unless changes were made. This executive then launched into a damning PowerPoint presentation—114 slides in all—making the case that processed food companies could not afford to sit by, idle, as children grew sick and class-action lawyers lurked. To deny the problem, he said, is to court disaster.

When he was done, the most powerful person in the room—the CEO of General Mills—stood up to speak, clearly annoyed. And by the time he sat down, the meeting was over.

Since that day, with the industry in pursuit of its win-at-all-costs strategy, the situation has only grown more dire. Every year, the average American eats thirty-three pounds of cheese (triple what we ate in 1970) and seventy pounds of sugar (about twenty-two teaspoons a day). We ingest 8,500 milligrams of salt a day, double the recommended amount, and almost none of that comes from the shakers on our table. It comes from processed food. It’s no wonder, then, that one in three adults, and one in five kids, is clinically obese. It’s no wonder that twenty-six million Americans have diabetes, the processed food industry in the U.S. accounts for $1 trillion a year in sales, and the total economic cost of this health crisis is approaching $300 billion a year.

In Salt Sugar Fat, Pulitzer Prize–winning investigative reporter Michael Moss shows how we got here. Featuring examples from some of the most recognizable (and profitable) companies and brands of the last half century—including Kraft, Coca-Cola, Lunchables, Kellogg, Nestlé, Oreos, Cargill, Capri Sun, and many more—Moss’s explosive, empowering narrative is grounded in meticulous, often eye-opening research.

Moss takes us inside the labs where food scientists use cutting-edge technology to calculate the “bliss point” of sugary beverages or enhance the “mouthfeel” of fat by manipulating its chemical structure. He unearths marketing campaigns designed—in a technique adapted from tobacco companies—to redirect concerns about the health risks of their products: Dial back on one ingredient, pump up the other two, and tout the new line as “fat-free” or “low-salt.” He talks to concerned executives who confess that they could never produce truly healthy alternatives to their products even if serious regulation became a reality. Simply put: The industry itself would cease to exist without salt, sugar, and fat. Just as millions of “heavy users”—as the companies refer to their most ardent customers—are addicted to this seductive trio, so too are the companies that peddle them. You will never look at a nutrition label the same way again.

Product Details

Hardcover: 480 pages

Publisher: Random House (February 26, 2013)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1400069807

ISBN-13: 978-1400069804

Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.3 x 9.5 inches

Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds

About the Author

MICHAEL MOSS was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for exploratory reporting in 2010, and was a finalist for the prize in 2006 and 1999. He is also the recipient of a Loeb Award and an Overseas Press Club citation. Before coming to the Times, he was a reporter for The Wall Street Journal, New York Newsday, and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He has been an adjunct professor at the Columbia School of Journalism and currently lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two sons.

The book description is from Amazon. Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us

A Review of James Bond FAQ: All That’s Left to Know About Everyone’s Favorite Superspy by Tom DeMichael

James Bond FAQJames Bond FAQ: All That’s Left to Know About Everyone’s Favorite Superspy (FAQ Series) [Paperback]

by Tom DeMichael

Applause (February 1, 2013)

This book really isn’t what most people would call a FAQ, since most people think of FAQs as Frequently Asked Questions. The book is divided into chapters, each chapter is in chronological order. The information is presented both from the novels and from the films.

I will give a couple of examples. The second chapter covers all the actors who played James Bond, in order, from Sean Connery to Daniel Craig. It gives some history of the actors and how they came to play James Bond. The next chapter is on the villains. The first villain covered is Doctor Julius No. First the author gives us the whole story of Dr. No, as imagined by Ian Fleming. Then he gives us the differences in the film version. After that he tell us about the actor who portrayed Dr. No. He continues this pattern for each of the villains.

The other chapters cover Girls, Gadgets, Buddies, and Music for the James Bond films. Then there are additional chapters covering more in-depth information on the Films, and other “Unofficial” James Bond Projects. Finally the author finishes up with a chapter on the people behind the films, concentrating on the producers and directors.

The best way to read this book is just start at the beginning and read it straight though. After you have read it all, you will be able to jump around and get any specific facts that you are looking for. The book is written in a light-hearted manner and is very entertaining. This book is the perfect companion the new James Bond Box Set of films that came out last fall, Bond 50: The Complete 22 Film Collection, which I received as a Christmas present from my lovely wife! In fact as I was reading this book, I had to stop and watch Thunderball again.

The only gripe I have is that there aren’t enough pictures. I think that each of the major characters should have at least one picture. Having the films close at hand mitigated that problem for me, but you still might be googling some names, just to give a face to the story.

I give this book 4 stars out of 5 and would recommend it to anyone who is a real James Bond fan, especially if you have the Bond 50 box set.

I received this book for free from

Book Description

Publication Date: February 1, 2013 | Series: FAQ Series

A favorite of film followers for 50 years, James Bond is the hero loved by everyone: Men want to be just like him, women just want to be with him. Moviegoers around the world have spent more than $5 billion to watch his adventures across the last five decades. What’s not to enjoy about such a glorious multitude of gadgets, gals, grand locations, and grandiose schemes hatched by master villains and megalomaniacs? Now, James Bond FAQ is a book that takes on the iconic cinema franchise that’s lasted for so many years. Sometimes serious as SPECTRE, sometimes quirkier than Q, but always informative, this FAQ takes the reader behind-the-scenes, as well as in front of the silver screen. Everyone’s included: Connery, Lazenby, Moore, Dalton, Brosnan, and Craig; little-known facts about TV’s first shot at 007, the same Bond story that was made into two different films; whatever happened to those wonderful cars and gizmos that thrilled everyone; plus much more. It’s a book for the casual, as well as hardcore, James Bond fan. James Bond FAQ is filled with biographies, synopses, production stories, and images and illustrations seldom seen in print, leaving little else to be said about the world’s favorite secret agent. This book includes a foreword by Eunice Gayson.

Product Details

Paperback: 400 pages

Publisher: Applause (February 1, 2013)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1557838569

ISBN-13: 978-1557838568

Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches

Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds

About the Author

A lifelong resident of the Chicagoland area, Tom DeMichael is degreed in US History and has published numerous books and magazine articles in subjects as diverse as American film, American firefighting, collectible toys, and television’s greatest game shows. He is also a former Top Ten finalist on Who Wants to Be A Millionaire?

The product descriptions and author information is from Amazon. James Bond FAQ: All That’s Left to Know About Everyone’s Favorite Superspy

A Review of The Guitar & Amp Sourcebook by Mike Abbot

Guitar and Amp SourcebookThe Guitar & Amp Sourcebook

by Mike Abbot

This is a great book about guitars and amps. It is a chronological listing from the middle ages to the present. Each chapter covers a stretch of time. The first chapter is the “Ancestry of the Guitar “. Chapter two covers the “Early 20th Century “. Then by chapter four, “The 1940’s”, each chapter covers a decade.

There are short descriptive paragraphs covering, what seems like, nearly every make and model of guitar and amp ever made, along with pictures of many of them. There are also “Battle of the Axes”. Which are comparisons of the characteristics and the pros and cons of two guitars, such as the “Battle” between the Fender Strat and the Gibson Les Paul on page 162-3. There are many artist’s pictures and short articles describing the contribution they made to a guitar design. There are also many ads and catalog excerpts, showing a historical perspective.

This would be a worthwhile addition to any guitar players library. I give this book 4 1/2 stars, because I would have liked to see a few more pictures.

I received this book for free from NetGalley, but I like it so much that I plan on purchasing a couple of copies for gifts.

Book Description

Publication Date: November 1, 2012

Did you know that John Lennon played an Epiphone Casino? Or that the guitarists of Sonic Youth and Wilco favored Fender Jazzmasters? Or that Dave Grohl of Nirvana and Foo Fighters so loved the Trini Lopez that Gibson created a signature model of it for him?

They’re the biggest and baddest axes in the world—and they’re all here! The Guitar & Amp Sourcebook is an illustrated history contains the most important guitars and amps—the ones that have rocked our world and changed history. You’ll get the skinny on the most popular models, the vintage pieces, and the rare beauties, as well as brand comparisons like Gibson vs Fender, recommendations for the best beginner equipment, and a listing of the guitars used by popular musicians.

Sprinkled with quotes from musicians on their personal favorites and advice from a pro about the best pieces, this is the book no guitar lover should be without.

Product Details

Paperback: 472 pages

Publisher: Thunder Bay Press (November 1, 2012)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1607105659

ISBN-13: 978-1607105657

Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 8.3 x 1.3 inches

Shipping Weight: 4 pounds

About the Author

Author Mike Abbott is a pro guitarist who has been performing, recording, and touring with bands for over 15 years. He has performed with the Rolling Stones Horns, Sammy Davis, Jr., Burt Bacharach, and Paul Schaffer from the David Letterman Show. He is also the editor and owner of a music website.

Product descriptions and author information was quoted from Amazon The Guitar & Amp Sourcebook

A Review of Ship It Holla Ballas! by Jonathan Grotenstein & Storms Reback

Ship It Holla Ballas!Ship It Holla Ballas!:

How a Bunch of 19-Year-Old College Dropouts Used the Internet to Become Poker’s Loudest, Craziest, and Richest Crew

by Jonathan Grotenstein, Storms Reback

This the true story of a few teenagers who are used to playing video games on their computers. These guys are able to convert that experience, along with their knowledge of how to get the most out of the internet into a ton of cash. This is a story of what they did, not a “How to Win at Online Poker” book. The book is about their lives as they found out that they could win a lot of money playing Texas Hold’em on the various online poker web sites. They got together in online forums and discovered that other guys were doing the same. They discussed winning and losing strategies in these forums. They made even more money.

This is their story of over the top wins and jaw dropping losses. Most of these guys were barely out of high school and were pulling in thousands of dollars a week, so they were going nuts with their instant riches. They were living like rock stars.

This is also the story of how they moved from a loose knit group of online gamblers to the real world of poker. How they played in the big poker tournaments that were being broadcast on cable in 2004 – 8. How some of them hit bottom and how some of them are still winning today.

I really enjoyed reading this book. I can relate to these guys, even though I never played online poker. I have played Texas hold’em with friends, but I don’t consider myself a gambler. I do use a computer, have played some computer games, and have been on a few forums and discussion boards, so all of the concepts in this book feel quite real and possible.

I give this book a big double thumbs up and 5 stars out of 5. This is more of a guy’s book, there is a lot of drinking, going to strip clubs, and way over the top party descriptions, that may be offensive to many people. It is now illegal to play online poker for real money in the United States, but many countries still allow it.

I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

Book Description

Release Date: January 15, 2013

Who were the Ship It Holla Ballas?

Arguably the most successful poker crew of all time, they took advantage of the online poker boom to win tens of millions of dollars before most of them were old enough to set foot inside a casino. Then they did what any red-blooded teenagers with mountains of cash and no responsibilities would do: They partied like rock stars, transforming themselves from Internet nerds with zero life skills into legends, at least in their own minds.

In Ship It Holla Ballas!, Jonathan Grotenstein and Storms Reback trace the rise and fall of Internet poker through the eyes of its most unlikely stars: A group of teenage college dropouts, united by social media, who bluffed their way to the top of the game.

Product Details

Hardcover: 320 pages

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press (January 15, 2013)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1250006651

ISBN-13: 978-1250006653

Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.4 x 1.1 inches

Shipping Weight: 1 pounds

About the Authors

Jonathan Grotenstein is a reasonably successful author and ghost-writer (read: working), less-than-successful screenwriter, and recovering professional poker player.

After spending much of the ’90s on an Internet thrill ride, Grotenstein realized he could make a far more honest living at the poker table, where there’s no need to suspect that everyone is lying to make a buck. (They are.) He succeeded more than he failed, but quickly discovered that he could achieve significantly more consistent results as a poker-playing writer than a writing poker player.

In 2004, he and Phil Gordon co-authored “Poker: The Real Deal,” which became, thanks to a lack of any serious competition at the time, one of the best-selling poker books in history. Grotenstein collaborated with Gordon on two sequels, ghost-wrote “Online Ace” for poker pro Scott Fischman, then teamed up with Storms Reback to write “All In: The (Almost) Entirely True History of the World Series of Poker.” He contributed (and, in some cases, donated) dozens of articles to the poker magazine “All In” and primers on poker and blackjack for the Lonely Planet’s guide to Las Vegas.

He has also authored several feature-film screenplays, a couple of which have actually generated significant interest. (Translation: numerous time-consuming meetings, note sessions and extensive rewrites, adding up to approximately $700 in material compensation.) He played the not-at-all-pivotal role of “Poker Dealer,” opposite the late, great Patrick Swayze, in an episode of A&E’s “The Beast.”

Grotenstein resides in Pasadena with his wife and two sons, where, when he’s not toiling away at his crappy novel, he continues to ghost-write for TV stars, NFL veterans, celebrity dog trainers, and the occasional fictional character. His current project, “Ship It Holla Balla!” — the true story of a group of teenagers who made ridiculous money and even more ridiculous life-decisions during the late ’00s online poker boom — will be published by St. Martin’s Press in 2012.

Storms Reback is the author of two books, “All In: The (Almost) Entirely True History of the World Series of Poker” and “Farha on Omaha: Expert Strategy for Beating Cash Games and Tournaments.”

His current project, “Ship It Holla Ballas!” — the true story of a group of online poker players who, during the late ’00s Poker Boom, made ridiculous money (and even more ridiculous life decisions) before they were even old enough to drink — will be published by St. Martin’s Press in 2013.

The product descriptions and author information is from Amazon. Ship It Holla Ballas!

Review of APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur by Guy Kawasaki and Shawn Welch


APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur – How to Publish a Book by Guy Kawasaki and Shawn Welch

Do you like to read? Have you ever thought that you wanted to write a book? Are you an author who doesn’t feel that he is getting a fair shake from his publisher? Are you curious about the new wave of self published books that are filling thee shelves at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Kobo? Would you like to see how some authors can can create a buzz and how they keep that buzz going? If any of these sound like you, then you must grab this book and read it through. It works best on a tablet or smart phone that has internet access because there are many active links that you will want to explore.

The authors start by asking the question “Should You Write a Book?” They continue with a “Review of Traditional  Publishing.” After that they explore ebooks and why self-publishing might be the preferred way to go if you are an unpublished author. This is the “Author” part of the book. They then shift to the “Publisher” part and examine “How to Edit Your Book”, “How to Avoid the Self-Published Look”, and other publisher concerns. Then to finish it all off they talk about marketing and sales. This is the “Entrepreneur” section. Some topics are “How to Guerrilla-Market Your Book” and dealing with and using social media.reate a buzz and how they keep that buzz going? If any of these sound like you, then you must grab this book and read it through. It works best on a tablet or smart phone that has internet access because there are many active links that you will want to explore.

You will want to read though this book even before you start to write that first great book that is in your head. Then you will refer to it time and time again as you work on your pet project.

I give this 5 stars and recommend this to any aspiring author.

I received this e-book for free from Net Galley.


In 2011 the publisher of Guy Kawasaki’s New York Times bestseller, Enchantment, could not fill an order for 500 ebook copies of the book. Because of this experience, Guy self-published his next book, What the Plus! and learned first-hand that self-publishing is a complex, confusing, and idiosyncratic process. As Steve Jobs said, “There must be a better way.”

With Shawn Welch, a tech wizard, Guy wrote APE to help people take control of their writing careers by publishing their books. The thesis of APE is simple but powerful: When a self-publisher successfully fills three roles—author, publisher and entrepreneur—the potential benefits are greater than with traditional publishing.

Guy and Shawn call this “artisanal publishing.”

Artisanal publishing features writers who love their craft, and who control every aspect of the process from beginning to end. In this new approach, writers are no longer at the mercy of large, traditional publishers, and readers will have more books to read

APE is 300 pages of tactical and practical inspiration. People who want a hype-filled, get-rich-quick book should look elsewhere. On the other hand, if you want a comprehensive and realistic guide to self-publishing, APE is for you.

Product Details

File Size: 8543 KB

Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited

Publisher: Nononina Press; 1.0 edition (December 10, 2012)

Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.

Language: English


Text-to-Speech: Enabled

X-Ray: NotEnabled

Lending: Enabled

About the Authors

Guy Kawasaki is the author of APE, What the Plus!, Enchantment, and nine other books. He is also the co-founder of, an “online magazine rack” of popular topics on the web. Previously, he was the chief evangelist of Apple. Kawasaki has a BA from Stanford University and an MBA from UCLA as well as an honorary doctorate from Babson College.

Shawn Welch is the author of From Idea to App, iOS 5 Core Frameworks, and iOS 6 for Developers as well as the developer of several iOS apps. Previously he worked as a senior media-editor for Pearson Education.

He also helped pioneer many of Pearson’s earliest efforts in iPad solutions. Welch has a BS from Kansas State University.

Review of Light and Shade: Conversations with Jimmy Page by Brad Tolinski

Light and Shade Cover

Light and Shade

Conversations with Jimmy Page

Brad Tolinski

This book is a joy to read for anyone that enjoys rock guitar whether as a player or a listener. A must read! This book goes way beyond anything that has been written about the reclusive Jimmy Page.

Brad Tolinski was able to get close to Jimmy Page and got him to talk about his music. This book has all the details that any musician or music lover could wish for. Page talks to Tolinski about guitars, tunings, chords, and amps. They talk about how Page was able to get a specific sound on an individual song. They discus the interplay between Bonham’s drums, Jones’ Bass, Page’s guitar, and Plant’s vocals and how they were able to all come to agreement on the roles that each would play in Led Zeppelin.

The book covers the time when page was a studio musician, before Led Zeppelin was formed, up to what Page is doing in 2012. The conversations with Page are interspersed with interviews with other musicians who have worked with Page, such as Jeff Beck, Chris Dreja, John Paul Jones, Jack White, and Paul Rogers.

I give this book 5 stars out of 5.

I was given an e-book version of Light and Shade for review purposes by Crown Publications and Net Galley.


The “oral autobiography” of Jimmy Page, the intensely private, interview-averse lead guitarist and mastermind behind Led Zeppelin–one of the most enduring bands in rock history–and the most complete, in-his-own-words portrait of the guitarist ever published.

More than 30 years after disbanding in 1980, Led Zeppelin continues to be celebrated for its artistic achievements, broad musical influence, and commercial success. The band’s notorious exploits have been chronicled in bestselling books such as Stephen Davis’s Hammer of the Gods. Yet none of the individual members of the band has penned a memoir nor cooperated to any degree with the press or a biographer. Iconic guitarist and Led Zeppelin founder, Jimmy Page, is both the band’s most reticent member and the one who most fascinates Zep’s huge fan base. For the first time and in his own words, he opens up to journalist Brad Tolinski, exploring in-depth his remarkable life and musical journey.

Title Details

Crown Publishing Group

Crown Trade

Pub Date: Oct 23 2012

ISBN: 9780307985712

Price: 26.00

Currency: USD

Edition: Hardcover

Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.1 x 9.4 inches

Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds

About the Author

Brad Tolinski has been the editor-in-chief of Guitar World, the world’s best-selling magazine for musicians, for more than two decades. He has interviewed and profiled most of popular music’s greatest guitarists, including Eric Clapton, B.B. King, Eddie Van Halen, Jack White and Jeff Beck. He is also the author of the deluxe-edition illustrated books Classic Hendrix: The Ultimate Hendrix Experience and The Faces: 1969–75.

Review of Love Me Do by Bill Harry

Love Me Do by Bill Harry
Love Me Do by Bill Harry

Love Me Do

Behind the Scenes at the Recording of the Beatles’ First Recording

by Bill Harry

Miniver Press

This is a short book about the beginnings of the recording career of The Beatles written by a close acquaintance. Bill Harry knew The Beatles before they had a recording contract and wrote about them in a local Liverpool publication “Mersey Beat”. This is a behind the scenes look at the process of getting a demo recorded and record made in 1962. An interesting read for anyone who liked the early Beatles.

This e-book is 99 cents on Amazon or free for Amazon Prime members.

I was sent a free review e-book by Net Galley.


“Love Me Do” was the Beatles’s first single. Longtime Beatles friend and fan Bill Harry takes us behind the scenes in honor of the 50th anniversary. He tells about how Pete Best was replaced by Ringo Starr after the first recording session, how John stole his harmonica, why the vocal was switched from John to Paul, how George got a black eye, and the real story behind the legend that Brian Epstein bought thousands of records to get the song on the charts.

Product Details

File Size: 414 KB

Print Length: 46 pages

Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited

Publisher: Miniver Press (September 7, 2012)

Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.

Language: English

ASIN: B00993ER0I

Pub Date: Oct 1 2012

ISBN: 9780985738907

About the author

Bill Harry (born 17 September 1938), is the creator of Mersey Beat; a newspaper of the early 1960s which focused on the Liverpool music scene. Harry had previously started various magazines and newspapers, such as Biped and Premier, while at Liverpool’s Junior School of Art. He later attended the Liverpool College of Art, where his fellow students included John Lennon and Stuart Sutcliffe, who both later performed with The Beatles. He published a magazine, Jazz, in 1958, and worked as an assistant editor on the University of Liverpool’s charity magazine, Pantosphinx. Harry met his wife-to-be, Virginia Sowry, at the Jacaranda club—managed by Allan Williams, the first manager of The Beatles—and she later agreed to help him start a music newspaper. After borrowing £50, Harry released the first issue of Mersey Beat on 6 July 1961, with the first 5,000 copies selling out within a short time.

Review of The Diet Dropout’s Guide to Natural Weight Loss: Find Your Easiest Path to Naturally Thin

Image    The Diet Dropout’s Guide to Natural Weight Loss

Dr. Stan Spencer

(To be published 1/1/2013)

This is the perfect companion book for anyone who is trying to lose weight and keep it off. Dr. Spencer writes about the problems that people have dieting and why losing weight quickly doesn’t usually lead to a permanent weight reduction. He will guide you to changing some habits and ways of dealing with food cravings.

This is NOT a diet plan! This would work very well with a healthy eating plan, such as Weight Watchers. They would complement each other. Weight Watchers gives you a method to decide what food and how much you need to eat to lose weight and Natural Weight Loss gives you the tools to keep on plan.

I would recommend Dr. Spencer’s book to anyone who is serious about living a healthier, lighter life.

I received this book for free from Net Galley.

From the publisher


Trade Softcover, 6 x 9, 152 pages
Publication 1/1/2013
Health & Fitness
Appendices, References, Index, 6 Illustrations

ISBN 978-0-9835717-0-4
ISBN 978-0-9835717-1-1 (ebook $2.99 published 1/1/2013)
LCCN 2011928360

Intended Audience: health-conscious adults, repeat dieters

Fine Life Books
3688 Donald Ave., Riverside, CA 92503
951-525-5325 (phone/fax)

Wholesale Distributors: Ingram, Baker & Taylor

Publicity/Author Contact: or 951-977-1301

Stan Spencer, PhD, is a biological consultant and former research scientist. He has conducted laboratory studies in biochemistry at Brigham Young University, in botany and evolution at Claremont Graduate University, and in genetics at the Smithsonian Institution. Doctor Spencer lives in southern California and blogs on natural weight loss at