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Hong Kong Brawl, A Short Story
Hong Kong Brawl, A Short Story
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is a standalone short story that neatly fits into ..., 21 Dec. 2015
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This is a standalone short story that neatly fits into the world of the John Rain series of books. Its an enjoyable read which gives insight into the combative mindset and the realities of working in a violent profession. More please :-)


Functional Programming Patterns in Scala and Clojure: Write Lean Programs for the JVM
Functional Programming Patterns in Scala and Clojure: Write Lean Programs for the JVM
by Michael Bevilacqua-Linn
Edition: Paperback
Price: £20.33

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great if you are moving from OO to FP on the JVM, 2 Feb. 2015
For an experienced OO developer seeking to transition to the world of functional programming this is an excellent read. Functional replacements to OO patterns are introduced in bite sized chunks and some purely functional patterns are covered. But for an experienced functional programmer there will be nothing new.


Implementation Patterns (Addison-Wesley Signature)
Implementation Patterns (Addison-Wesley Signature)
by Kent Beck
Edition: Paperback
Price: £30.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Inside the Mind of Kent Beck, 11 Dec. 2014
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A masterclass in how to write quality code and essential reading for senior developers. As with any masterclass its a very personal series of insights and the focus is on communicating high level principles and concepts rather than learning specific language features or libraries. For this reason the advice is grouped into broad areas, rather than the sequential progression you would have in (for example) a learning Spring MVC or learning ASP .NET book.

If you are starting out in IT and still learning syntax or core concepts then this is not an appropriate book. But if you are an experienced developer trying to improve your craft then its a must have.


What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions
What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions
by Randall Munroe
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £14.88

5.0 out of 5 stars Buy one for your best friend as well, 20 Sept. 2014
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As ever from XKCD its pure genius. Buy one for your best friend as well :-)


The Hunter (Victor the Assassin Book 1)
The Hunter (Victor the Assassin Book 1)
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5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing character and series, 13 Feb. 2014
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Bought this on impulse expecting it to be another run of the mill 'invincible assassin' yarn. Instead its a tightly written fast paced thriller with a compelling main character. Have since read the sequel and its equally good.

If you are a fan of the 'John Rain' or the 'Reacher' series then you will probably love this.


Analysis of Shaolin Chin Na: Instructors Manual for All Martial Styles: Instructors Manual for All Martial Styles Second Edition
Analysis of Shaolin Chin Na: Instructors Manual for All Martial Styles: Instructors Manual for All Martial Styles Second Edition
by Jwing-Ming Yang
Edition: Paperback
Price: £16.78

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent resource for all martial artists, 16 July 2011
I bought this book because although my own art (Krav Maga) does not stress locks and controls they have always fascinated me.

I was not disappointed - the text is very comprehensive. Virtually every lock I have ever been taught or seen demonstrated is in this book, along with many that were completely new to me. The descriptions of the techniques are very good, and accompanied by helpful tips and details of possible counters. The book is clearly structured, starting with conditioning exercises and then working through the different types of control (finger->wrist->elbow->shoulder etc...). A major strength of the writing is that the author never belittles the difficulties of applying a control in a real situation, especially when compared to striking.

I would recommend this to any martial artist interested in deepening their understanding of this area, reagardless of their own style.


Anatomy of Martial Arts
Anatomy of Martial Arts
by Lily Chou
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.99

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Its hard to see what the point of this book is, 16 July 2011
As you go through the book there are 2 pages for each technique, the first describes the technique in general terms whilst the second illustrates the muscles involved. Runing along the bottom are suggested exercises to improve your execution of the technique.

So far so good - however:
1) I didnt feel I gained anything from the technique descriptions or the anatomy diagrams - maybe I'm missing something but everything seems too abstract to have any practical application to my day to day training.
2) Likewise the vast majority of the exercises are ones that any martial artist who stretches and lifts weights will already know.
3) The inclusion of some of the techniques suprised me (e.g. Handstand Brick Break) as did the authors comments on the effectiveness of some of the strikes.


The Ministry of Love
The Ministry of Love
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very funny and well worth the money, 16 July 2011
I purchased this based on how much I enjoyed the 'Spoofers Guide to the Lisbon Treaty' - available for free on the authors website.

Its a funny, intelligent satire that neatly combines the authors irreverent sense of humor, knowledge of the murky depths of politics and (presumably) deep discontent at the state of popular culture today.

Great fun - especially for those of us grew up in the 'good old days' :-)


Drills: Training For Sudden Violence (A Chiron Manual)
Drills: Training For Sudden Violence (A Chiron Manual)

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant resource, 27 Jun. 2011
For anyone who practises martial arts, but especially instructors, this is a treasure-trove of ideas on how to create a training environment that bridges the gap between classical martial arts and unplanned, unscripted self-defence situations.


Facing Violence: Preparing for the Unexpected
Facing Violence: Preparing for the Unexpected
by Rory Miller
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.38

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb follow on from his first book, 27 Jun. 2011
I ordered this book plus the Kindle book on drills Drills: Training For Sudden Violence (A Chiron Manual) based on how good the authors first book was.

Once again this is an excellent read, but less 'raw' and much more structured. Sgt. Millar provides detailed consideration of the common types of violent encounter, how each type begins and escalates, how it can be avoided, diffused or resolved and afterwards how to cope with the legal and psychological consequences.

Essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the difference between martial arts training and self defence.


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