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After nearly thirty years in martial arts, 18 working with violent criminals in Corrections and a year as a contractor in Iraq, I now teach and write on the subject of violence. I've been a military medic; a tactical team member and leader; a corrections officer and sergeant.
Basically, I'm a little scarred up, but generally happy.
on May 31, 2013 :
Here's my review from Amazon.com, but I'd like to add a few comments:
"If you think you know what 'violence' looks like, you probably don't. If you think what you see on T.V. shows or in movies is a close representation, you're dead wrong. If you think what you read in novels is closer - it's not. If you want to stay safe in this world, you first need to look at violence through a new set of eyes, take off the filters, and open up your mind. Trust me, it's a whole paradigm shift. To get you familiar with violence I want you to consider buying this updated book from Rory Miller. It's called VIOLENCE: A Writer's Guide, and in it you will learn more about the realities of violence than you likely know now, or have even considered. Because it's getting to be a more violent world, I think you owe it to yourself to come out of your comfort zone of denial, and have a good read - it will prepare you in some ways to at least understand what you may be experiencing when it does happen, or at the very least recognize it BEFORE it does. Rory has an amazing set of credentials that allows him to be an expert in this area - trust me on this. His writing style is very easy to get lost in - and isn't that fun losing hours reading before you even realize it? If this whets your appetite, be sure to check out his other tomes as well... Mediations on Violence and Facing Violence."
So, here goes: This book needs to be re-titled. Yes, that's what I think, and here's why - Rory is going to miss a great market with this title. For the record, I am NOT a Writer. Here's the scenario: in trying to gain Rory some new reader's, i've had to explain WHY they too should read this book. "Well, I don't write, so why would I want to read this book?" Yeah, it's like that.... sigh. Okay, so the short and skinny is, it's not really JUST for writer's although that may have been a partial intent on Rory's part or his publisher's. Who can benefit from reading this book then, if not writer's? How about your mom, your dad, your brother and sister, your kids, their kids, your grandkids? Your friends, their friends, your BOSS! Yes, your boss, and his boss, and his boss, AND the CEO. In my job, these are all 'targets' that I'd love to have read this book in particular. Let's be clear - violence is all around us, but until you've actually experienced it, you won't likely really know what it is, what it looks like, what it feels like. You may kid yourself that you know it, but you don't. Really. You don't. The problem is that you don't even KNOW that you don't know. Really. This book, IMO, pulls back the curtain of denial that we've all likely grown up with, and exposes the cold, ugly truths that we've denied for many years, or decades. Do yourself a real favor - buy this book, in ANY format. Then read it cover to cover. Discuss it with anyone that IS familiar with violence. Then re-read it. Go back and ask questions. Indoctrinate yourself in this cld ugly truth - you've been living a very sheltered existence - in denial - for many, many, too many years. If you find that you want more information, buy anything else by Rory. It's in there, and you'll be all the better for it.
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)