Stinque Book Club

Everything is Gruesome

Minecraft is a flat circle.Title: “Minecraft: Essential Handbook: An Official Mojang Book”

Rank: 82

Blurb: “You’re alone in a mysterious new world, full of hidden dangers. You have only minutes to find food and shelter before darkness falls and the monsters come looking for you. What do you do?”

Review: “I have learned more about Creepers and spider jockeys than I ever wanted to know!”

Customers Also Bought: “Minecraft Iron Golem Action Figure”

Footnote: What we do is quickly head home, because clearly we’ve found ourself in the Gaslamp District during Comic-Con.

Minecraft: Essential Handbook [Amazon]

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Token Tolkien

Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to finding something better to spend your time.Title: “Dungeons & Dragons Starter Set: Fantasy Roleplaying Fundamentals”

Authors: “Wizards RPG Team”

Rank: 14

Blurb: “Explore subterranean labyrinths! Plunder hoards of treasure! Battle legendary monsters!”

Review, Illustrating Everything We Hate About D&D…

Characters have races (e.g., human, elf, halfling, etc.), classes (e.g., fighter, wizard, rogue, etc.), backgrounds (i.e., backstory that both provides motivations as well as some specific skills), and equipment. Each character has six primary attributes called abilities that include the standard set of: Strength, dexterity, Constitution, intelligence, wisdom and charisma. These ability scores generate modern fires in ranges. For example, an average ability score in the 10 to 11 range has a modifier of zero.

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Comfortably Numb

No there there.Title: “The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment”

Author: Eckhart Tolle

Rank: 88

Blurb: “Tolle introduces readers to enlightenment and its natural enemy, the mind. He awakens readers to their role as a creator of pain and shows them how to have a pain-free identity by living fully in the present. The journey is thrilling, and along the way, the author shows how to connect to the indestructible essence of our Being, ‘the eternal, ever-present One Life beyond the myriad forms of life that are subject to birth and death.’”

Review: “After nearly three decades of practicing meditation to become enlightened (some day) I found it disheartening to conclude that I wasn’t really getting anywhere.”

Customers Also Bought: “Buddhism For Dummies”

Footnote: And here we thought Enlightenment involves embracing the world, not escaping it. You can’t rid your life of pain — that’s the curse of consciousness — but if you’d like to cut down on the drama, try letting some air out of your ego.

The Power of Now [Amazon]

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The Fault Is Not In Our Includes, But In Ourselves

alert(“FEAR GEEKS”)Title: “JavaScript and JQuery: Interactive Front-End Web Development”

Author: Jon Duckett

Rank: 13

Blurb: “This full-color book will show you how to make your websites more interactive and your interfaces more interesting and intuitive.”

Review: “I own Jon Duckett’s HTML/CSS book as well and I can safely say this author knows how to write a captivating book.”

Customers Also Bought: “Node.js in Action”

Footnote: We actually understand everything being discussed. What we don’t understand is how a geek reference book could reach #13.

JavaScript and JQuery [Amazon]

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Bad Grandpa

Old Man Yells at Cloud.Title: “Blood Feud: The Clintons vs. the Obamas”

Author: Edward Klein

Rank: 2

Blurb…

In Blood Feud, you’ll learn:

  • Why Michelle Obama’s political ambitions could rival Hillary Clinton’s
  • About the “deal”: why Bill Clinton supported Barack Obama for reelection — and why he feels betrayed
  • Benghazi: how Barack Obama set up Hillary Clinton to take the blame

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It’s The Thought That Discounts

Stay out of my head, Mom.Title: “The Conscious Parent: Transforming Ourselves, Empowering Our Children”

Author: Shefali Tsabary

Rank: 37

Blurb: “In Dr. Shefali Tsabary’s conscious approach to parenting… children serve as mirrors of their parents’ forgotten self. Those willing to look in the mirror have an opportunity to establish a relationship with their own inner state of wholeness. Once they find their way back to their essence, parents enter into communion with their children, shifting away from the traditional parent-to-child ‘know it all’ approach and more towards a mutual parent-with-child relationship. The pillars of the parental ego crumble as the parents awaken to the ability of their children to transport them into a state of presence.”

Review: “If you are ready to experience your children as special agents on your spiritual journey, this book is your gospel.”

Customers Also Bought: “Buddha at Bedtime: Tales of Love and Wisdom for You to Read with Your Child to Enchant, Enlighten and Inspire”

Footnote: This is what happens when you make “parenting” a verb.

The Conscious Parent [Amazon]

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The Gathering Gloom

Don’t call them Cankles.Title: “Hard Choices”

Author: Hillary Rodham Clinton

Rank: 3

Blurb: “Hillary Rodham Clinton’s inside account of the crises, choices, and challenges she faced during her four years as America’s 67th Secretary of State, and how those experiences drive her view of the future.”

Review: “Hillary Clinton is a liar a cheat and should be impeached out of the White House over Bendgozie.”

Customers Also Bought: “Let’s Just Say It Wasn’t Pretty” by Diane Keaton

Footnote: John McCain in a pantsuit.

Hard Choices [Amazon]

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