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Ian's Reviews

Hannibal by Patrick Hunt

Much like Hannibal himself, this book punches far above its weight class. Although stripped for brevity, it hits with the impact of a tome two or three times its size. Hunt deftly tells the story, both personal and public, of one of the world’s greatest generals. - Ian

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ISBN: 9781439102176
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Published: Simon & Schuster - July 11th, 2017

Tiny House Designing, Building, & Living by Andrew Morrison and Gabriella Morrison

This book does a fantastic job of covering nearly every aspect of transferring your life into a tiny home, from the cost of materials to efficient housing plans to codes and regulations on all (government) levels what should actually be in your new home. Part game-plan, part self-help, part reference book, this frames the current tiny house movement. - Ian

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ISBN: 9781465462701
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Published: Alpha - May 9th, 2017

Signs & Symbols by Miranda Bruce-Mitford

Many of the world’s signs, sigils, and symbols, both known and obscure, are included with descriptions of their history and meaning along with pages of greater length explaining pantheons and greater concepts. This book has been a great resource for uncovering broad swaths or looking for something more minute. - Ian

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By Miranda Bruce-Mitford (Contributions by), DK
ISBN: 9780756633936
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Published: DK - June 16th, 2008

Beowulf by J.R.R. Tolkien (translator)

Beowulf is one of the great epics of the Western tradition, and one of the main inspirations for JRR Tolkien's collection of stories set in Middle Earth. Following Beowulf from his dramatic arrival through his heroic trials to the end of his life, this version also includes direct translations from Old English and commentary from Tolkien himself. - Ian

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ISBN: 9780544570306
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Published: Mariner Books - August 4th, 2015

Small Homes: The Right Size by Lloyd Kahn

Lloyd Kahn’s previous work (including Tiny Homes) will be familiar to many in here in Santa Cruz. His popular books often focus on simple, small dwellings, and his latest—featuring 65 homes in the 400- to 1200-square-foot range—is a welcome addition. From straightforward designs to ornate constructions, each house showcases something special. - Ian

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ISBN: 9780936070681
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Published: Shelter Publications - April 14th, 2017

Chasing Space by Leland Melvin

I know we are told not to judge a book by its cover, but how can anyone not be drawn to this one, which features astronaut Leland Melvin being kissed by his two dogs? A former wide receiver for the Detroit Lions and now an engineer and a NASA astronaut, Melvin has a story for anyone who has wanted to drastically shift their life from the fields below to the stars above. A good pick for those wondering what a persevering spirit can merit someone at NASA. - Ian

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ISBN: 9780062496720
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Published: Amistad - May 23rd, 2017

American Eclipse by David Baron

American Eclipse deconstructs the eclipse to its earthly ties while lacing mid-America to the moon and back. Following three characters across the plains to the point of totality, each with their distinct reasons for converging on such a historic event to the American people, but each a showcase for the greater trends and movements turning the USA to the power it holds today. A must for anyone persuaded by historical astronomy. - Ian

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ISBN: 9781631490163
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Published: Liveright - June 6th, 2017

For the Relief of Unbearable Urges by Nathan Englander

This was recommended by a close friend and I have to say Englander is now my favorite new author despite how long he’s been around. His writing leaves just enough unsaid to guess at surreal interpretations before grounding the reader in hard reality. And he doesn’t bore the reader with unnecessary dialogue, leading to poignant lines of action and arresting commentary. - Ian

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ISBN: 9780375704437
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Published: Vintage - March 21st, 2000

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

This sci-fi comedy is British humour in top form still referenced today in pop culture around the world. The characters are zany, locations wild, and plot outlandish. Yet, when all is said and done, it still ends in a fitting way. A true classic of the craft. - Ian

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ISBN: 9780345391803
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Published: Del Rey - September 27th, 1995

I, Robot by Isaac Asimov

Part sci-fi, part philosophy, and set in the semi-near future where many tasks are done by robots governed by three laws, this meditation on best laid plans constantly questions the reader about how rules are communicated and then ultimately interpreted. As relevant today as it was when published, this is a timeless collection for any questioning reader. - Ian

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ISBN: 9780553382563
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Published: Del Rey - April 29th, 2008


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