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On Combat: The Psychology and Physiology of Deadly Conflict in War and in Peace by Dave Grossman
On Combat: The Psychology and Physiology of Deadly Conflict in War and in Peace

srhwgr, April 29, 2014

Where Grossman's previous book On Killing looked into what happened to the mind before taking a life, On Combat studies the mind during and after. Relief, anger, sadness and aggression are all pulled from tales of those who have actually seen combat and carefully relayed so that a person can know what to expect during and following enduring any psychologically disturbing event whether from human or natural causes.

I picked up this book to make me a better writer, as I pray I will never face combat personally, but anyone who is dealing with the stresses of such events will certainly find a good resource on hand. Grossman is a leading voice in the world of PTSD and combat psychology but he writes with the understanding that his audience may not have such a background, pulling from real life cases and down to earth scenarios to create a book a lay man can understand and appreciate.
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The Blinding Knife (Lightbringer #2) by Brent Weeks
The Blinding Knife (Lightbringer #2)

srhwgr, January 13, 2014

The Blinding Knife picks up right as Black Prism ends and continues on the whirlwind of emotions Brent Weeks has become known for as Gavin Guile, Karris White Oak, Kip and Liv navigate the intrigue of politics, the horror of battle, the deceit and uncertainty of life as a pawn. Together they face Banes, battle pirates, take cities and claim their spots among the legends of the Seven Satrapies all while discovering something new about themselves.

My only complaint is that I must now wait another six months for the third book.
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On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society by Dave Grossman
On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society

srhwgr, December 31, 2013

I stumbled across this book as a research tool for a novel I was working on in hopes to get inside a soldiers head, and I was not disappointed. Grossman takes the reader on an eye opening tour of how the military has shaped people through the years so they are better equipped to kill. As a layman I found the book very easy to read, As a historian I loved the unbiased way in which Grossman dissected past wars and as a researcher I relished the way that Grossman did not shrink from difficult subjects.
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The Black Prism (Lightbringer #1) by Brent Weeks
The Black Prism (Lightbringer #1)

srhwgr, December 29, 2013

As a student of literature and a fan of fantasy I first met Brent Weeks through his Night Angel trilogy. Knowing his mistakes and prowess in the first series I approached Black Prism with excited caution. And my loyalty was rewarded. In Black Prism Weeks casts off the mistakes of a first time writer and delves into a world steeped in magic and tradition. His characters make you cheer even as their choices make your skin crawl, you cry even as you wish them to receive their comeuppance, and you find yourself returning again and again to rediscover the secrets he has woven into the pages.
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