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If youre a history or philosophy buff this book should be as irresistible as a kebab to a pisshead
So whats it all about then? History, thats what. Errgghhh boring boring bollocks boring, I had enough of that crap when I was at school. History just went on and on and on and on and on .. and on and on. Nothing different ever happened.
Well thats where youre wrong, because Im going to bring it alive. Not all history books, or even books about teaching history, have to be tedious. Ive looked under every rock, in every nook and cranny. Ive searched all over the place and dug up some really interesting little titbits. Stuff not a lot of people know.
So stay with me on this one. Ive chosen to look at past events from the birth of the planet to the birth of Christ. Thats enough for one book, isnt it? Well, not really, because Ive gone off track a little bit from time to time, but I do tend to do that so dont worry about it.
If youve got a teenager whos studying the history of this period, download a copy for them now because its all laid out nice and clear. But let me warn you, I have in the past been accused of having an inappropriate sense of humour, so if you want a little bit of a chuckle watching me make fun out of everyone I meet down the years, then this is the book for you - and if your offspring is in their early teens then it probably isnt the book for them.
As I say, I do tend to stray into the modern day from time to time to bring things into focus, but I promise you this book will surprise you, inform you, keep you interested and put a smile on your face from time to time.
I discuss philosophers and philosophy a lot, including ancient Greek philosophers, Chinese beliefs and philosophy from around the world, but if you think its all Socrates, Plato and Aristotle, theres a lot more here to be discovered. Youll be surprised, for instance, at the similarities between the Celts and the Native Americans. The Rosicrucians will fascinate you, as will some of the secrets held by Alexander the Great!
Its high time we had some history books for adults!, The Authors Revenge
A MUST BUY for all self-published authors, writers, scribblers, bloggers, song-writers and spin-doctors
The moment you click Save and Publish youre no longer on your own. You are now connected to a huge network of hundreds of thousands of fellow writers, and that feels both scary and exciting. By definition writing is a solitary profession. Writers need peace and quiet to gather their thoughts, to research, to dig deep into their subconscious for ideas. Marketers on the other hand need people, and the majority of authors are pretty poor at marketing and have absolutely no interest in it
So Ive put this book together with the assistance of a number of fellow authors whove all contributed a piece or two. My objectives with this book are a) to demonstrate to those just about to publish their first book the amount of work they should expect to put in afterwards, b) to perhaps offer direction, to advise on what works and what doesnt, and, I guess c) to establish for the reader just how hard authors have to graft to promote their work, which is why Ive included pieces from various authors, who all deserve my recognition and gratitude for demonstrating their often contradictory points of view. What worked for some, bombed when fellow authors tried the same tack, so its crucial that Im true to myself and present the Indie industry in a genuinely transparent form.
Thanks to these fellow authors - whove contributed a full 28% between them - the reader will find a variety of opposing viewpoints, conflicting assessments and impressions of the industry, and differing outlooks and perspectives. The reader will also discover that a number of authors share identical points of experiences and viewpoints.
Special thanks to all contributors, but especially Harpie for baring her soul in sharing excerpts from her wacky, psycho, screwball, demented diaries with us. Youll be hearing a lot more from Harpie in the future.
WARNING: Writers can often be a precious breed of born-again goody-goodies. Me? I never ask anyone to like him. I never pretend to be anything that Im not. Im a handful and I know it. Im strong-willed, a bit outspoken and I write exactly what Im thinking. If strong language offends or you have an aversion to self-deprecating, piss-taking humour then please DO NOT buy this book, because I use these methods of bringing to light situations that just don't stack up. I truly believe that serious issues can be approached with humour, but I understand not everyone feels the same.
So what, or specifically who, is the Storm that the title refers to? Ill tell you. The Storm refers to a group of people who have no issue whatsoever with an artist hiring out a gallery and displaying his paintings. They dont mind if a chef opens a new restaurant by inviting local residents to an opening night special, or a beautician promotes her services with the use of posters and referral specials for nails, waxing or sun beds. They dont even mind a scuba diving club offering come-and-try-it sessions. And they certainly dont object to a local swing band or orchestra advertising an upcoming concert. They dont even mind their friends trying out a recently acquired capacity for wine-making on them.
BUT, if a hard-working author does similar, if he/she promotes the book theyve slaved over for the last year, this relentless and insidious enemy of all honest scribblers will have that poor author in their crosshairs in a New York heartbeat.
If youre the Storm, youll recognise yourself here., My goal, my lifes ambition if you like, is to give direction to comedy, purpose to satire. And this is probably why I write the way I do, in order to use self-deprecating, piss-taking humour to bring to the fore situations that just dont stack up. To demonstrate that serious issues can be approached with humour.
Hardly any subject is taboo to the Englishman when hes laughing, and this often seems insensitive to other cultures, but the bedrock of the British sense of humour is a strong sense of sarcasm and self-deprecation. The British can be very passionate and if you doubt that try going to a football match - but that passion is often hidden deep in our humour so that other nationals fail to not only recognise the deadpan delivery and are never too sure if theyve been involved in a serious conversation or just a little bit of friendly banter. Having said that my style of writing is now appealing more and more to the American market.
This book is not a novel, and if youre looking for a book that is all sweetness and light, please give this one a miss. Its not for you. I wont be offended and I honestly wish you a great life. If everyone likes me, then Im not being controversial enough.
If youre looking for Humorous books about Life, Comedy Writing or even Humorous Books for Adults then take a chance on this book
If a chapter doesnt suit, just move on., Rascal-Sage Karl Wiggins has done it again, only this time even better.
In America theyre called Advice Columnists, in England Agony Aunts. Well Karl Wiggins is an Agony Uncle who takes no crap
Everyone has read these columns in the dentist waiting room, and I have to agree with Karl in that the majority of Agony Aunts or Advice Columnists are without exception patronising, condescending and pretentious, providing the same type of namby-pamby, wishy-washy band-aid solution for just about every dilemma; Im sorry to hear what youre going through, but you know life is full of ups and downs, Im sure if you give it time . In short, they are no help whatsoever.
Not so Wiggins, for he has the Heaven-sent ability of being able to get right to the nitty-gritty in just a few sentences. His answers, however, are more often than not roll-on-the-floor hilarious.
Karl makes it absolutely clear that hes no marriage guidance counsellor, psychotherapist, priest or vegetarian, but his adequacy to hand out solid advice is confirmed as soon as you start reading this book.
His advice is delivered in a humorous, occasionally impassioned and exasperated, yet always intuitive manner. Karl speaks from the heart and never, ever evades the issue. If youre looking to read one of those family therapy books where the advisor hems and haws, and sits on the fence and tap-dances around the issue then stop right now. This is not the book for you.
But if youre searching for straight-talking guidance on dating, marriage, cohabitation, divorce, sensuality, lust, and sexual urges then look no further. This is the book youre after
Karl Wiggins does not tread warily around any issue whatsoever racism, under-age sex, religious extremism, sexual violence. And he does not mince his words; Just the opposite in fact. Ive known Karl for several years and Ill tell you he dances towards trouble with a huge grin on his face, which is why I call him the Rascal-Sage. He is in truth a laughing, joking Shaman. The court jester but with all the respect of a sorcerer, for theres always an element of danger lurking about beneath the surface of his smile, and when hes angry he is truly a site to behold (Maybe thats what attracts the reader).
Karl, thank you for being you, for not judging me, for seeing me as I truly am and for allowing me the honour of writing the forward to this book for you. But remember Ive read the book and you are so naughty . Im going to pray for you.