Monday, March 13, 2017

The Inkblots by Damion Searls

   In the field of psychology there is the testing. I am talking about Myers-Briggs, MMPI, Free Association, and the Inkblots also known as Rorschach.
    All have meaning and all have a purpose. Freud emphasized words and his overlay was sexual repression which was understandable seeing how Freud came from the Victorian period. Another practicing psychologist who wanted to help people was Carl Jung who based his theories on association. And then we have Hermann Rorschach who was interested in perceptions. He was looking to read people.
   He developed what became known as Ink Blots. The ink blots are holistic. Each Inkblot has a meaning.
   Just who was this Hermann Rorschach and how were the ten Inkblots developed and standardized?
 It is an interesting story and this book gives you the up to date findings.
   You start out this book with the biography. Then you move into the fate of the ink blots after the death of Rorschach up to the present day.
    It is an easy to read book and should be of interest to students of psychology and maybe people interested in the Inkblots.
   I enjoyed this book. Having been sent this book gratis from to be reviewed I was not required to give a positive review in order to maintain the relationship. All I was required to do was read it and review it.
   It retails for $28.00.

Friday, March 3, 2017

The Wrong Side of GoodBye by Michael Connelly

   For all of us Harry Bosch lovers this is another adventure we have been waiting for. No matter how long it is between publishing, it seems to take at least a year or more from the time it is released to the agent who scouts out the book to publication.
   Connelly seems to alternate between Bosch and the Lincoln Lawyer in his output. I find the Lincoln Lawyer to be not as good as his Bosch series, although they are related characters. Connelly presents them as half brothers.
   You will find the Lincoln Lawyer in this story helping Bosch with one of his cases.
As in most good novels there are plots and subplots. The plot has to do with a missing heir. The subplot is a rapist.
   For fans of Bosh you know the novels are chronological. In this one he is pursuing the job of a private investigator. He still is able to use the equipment at the station.
   Asked by a dying billionaire to try to locate a possible offspring who can inherit his estate Bosh runs into opposition. At the same time he must find and stop a rapist who is picking on a certain type of female.
   The ending where the two stories are brought to a conclusion is very satisfying.
   I would recommend this book to all fans of Bosch.