I don’t usually go for novels, but this one looks interesting. It’s called “An Obese White Gentleman in No Apparent Distress”. It is a novel based on the life of Aikido free spirit Terry Dobson, written by Riki Moss. I think it will be worth a read. The release is set for January ’09, and Amazon.com is taking pre-orders now.
Also upcoming are some more conventional titles. “A Life in Aikido: The Biography of Founder Morihei Ueshiba” is an English translation of a work by the nidai Doshu, already in print in Japanese. Also, William Gleason is set to launch a book in February ’09 devoted to the principles of Kototama. Amazon is also taking pre-orders on these titles. In addition, a new print-on-demand title has been recently posted on lulu.com. Written by Mark Stokmans, it is titled “Aikido, Keri Waza”. I have thumbed through it, and it looks like a very thorough work on an oft-neglected aspect of Aikido (defending against kicks).
I’ll be posting reviews of these titles to coincide with their respective dates of release. Happy Reading!