Kiyo

That Kiyo was born in Okinawa and raised in New Jersey are not likely the reason he’s a mythology, science fiction, fantasy, classic manga and comics aficionado. Painting, drawing, behavioral economics, gaming, philosophy, pop culture, psychology, science, and technology equally light him up, suggesting he’s either a polymath--or just confused. It may be interesting to know he’s been a graphic designer, PC support manager, software consultant, and software product manager. Yet if you seek to plumb the inner Kiyo, you need to know his two favorite D&D classes are Bards and Monks.

 

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The Revenge of Analog: Real Things and Why They Matter Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781610398213
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Published: PublicAffairs - October 24th, 2017

Like all Boomers and Gen-Xers, I watched the world transition from film to digital cameras, vinyl to mp3, and board to video games. With so many "brick and mortar" businesses closing by the late '00s, it was easy to believe that we had moved into a shiny new digital era. In that context, David Sax opens his book, wondering why some analog products like records, film, board games, and (dare I say) physical books, were seeing a resurgence. To answer these questions and more, Sax travels the globe to interview entrepreneurs and technology leaders who defied conventional wisdom and invested in analog businesses or are attempting to integrate the best of analog and digital business practices. What we learn along the way is insightful, always accessible, and ultimately optimistic. Whether you are an early adopter or card-carrying Luddite, there is something in this book for you. ~ Kiyo


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The Complete Maus: A Survivor's Tale (Pantheon Graphic Library) Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780679406419
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Published: Pantheon - November 19th, 1996

The first graphic novel to win a Pulitzer Prize, Maus is an epic story. The framing narrative tells of Spiegelman's attempt to reconnect with his father Vladek, an Auschwitz survivor. Embedded within is Vladek's story of Nazi occupation and the horrors of Auschwitz. Maus is by turns honest, moving, comical, and brutal. Spiegelman's sketchy drawing style evokes a personal form of storytelling, and his use of animals to represent race does not trivialize but rather enhances our empathy for the main characters. Whether you are new to comics or a long time comic book reader, Maus is a seminal work. ~   Kiyo


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On Writing: 10th Anniversary Edition: A Memoir of the Craft Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781439156810
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Published: Scribner - July 6th, 2010

This is a must read not only for writers, but for any aspiring creative person. The book opens with King’s formative years—from his childhood to his first commercial success—and abruptly ends with his struggles with addiction. The second part shifts to his thoughts on the writing process, or what he refers to as the “toolbox.” Using plain and concise language, he describes these tools and makes every effort to demystify the art of writing. King closes on an empowering note by sharing how writing aided in his recovery from the near fatal accident in 1999. While I’m not a huge Stephen King fan, this is one King book I will read again and again. ~ Kiyo


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Neuromancer (Penguin Galaxy) Cover Image
By William Gibson, Neil Gaiman (Introduction by)
$25.00
ISBN: 9780143111603
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Published: Penguin Classics - October 25th, 2016

If you're shopping for a new science fiction reader, it's hard to go wrong with this seminal triple award winner from 1984. Considered a cornerstone of the Cyberpunk movement, Neuromancer follows the story of Case--a down-on-his-luck freelance hacker--and Molly-a badass, cybernetic mercenary--as the two become caught in a secret war between unknown powers. They must discover the nature of the conflict by pulling off the greatest data-heist in history. Gibson's prose shines as he deftly splices pulp-fiction and poetry to create something unique. I highly recommend this elegant hardcover edition for the holidays! ~ Kiyo


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Art & Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking Cover Image
$12.95
ISBN: 9780961454739
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Published: Image Continuum Press - April 1st, 2001

For those of us artists who struggle to improve our craft, this wonderful book shines a light on the fears hiding in our psyche. Bayles and Orland's central question about artists is "Why do so many who start, quit?" What follows is an honest inquiry into why making art can be challenging, why facing our fears is crucial, and advice on how to deal with new fears as our careers evolve. If you find yourself struggling with procrastination, creative block, fear of failure, or fear of success, give this book a try. It might be the kick in the pants you need. ~ Kiyo


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The Caped Crusade: Batman and the Rise of Nerd Culture Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781476756691
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Published: Simon & Schuster - March 22nd, 2016

Despite being over 78 years old, Batman remains part of our cultural zeitgeist because of his constant re-invention. Weldon recounts these leaps, from the superhero's origins as a brooding vigilante to the campy TV series with Adam West, and from Tim Burton's playful noir films of the 80s to Christopher Nolan's gritty reboot in the 00s. Lovingly researched and written with charm and wit, Weldon's book also examines the growing fan base, and the dark side of fan obsession. If you're a Batman aficionado, or interested in learning more about pop-culture history, you'll enjoy this entertaining and informative book! ~ Kiyo


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Ghachar Ghochar: A Novel Cover Image
By Vivek Shanbhag, Srinath Perur (Translated by)
$15.00
ISBN: 9780143111689
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Published: Penguin Books - February 7th, 2017

Laced with humor and tragedy, Ghachar Ghochar is a lean and elegant portrait of an Indian family in Bangalore adapting to their newly acquired wealth. A very enjoyable quick read. ~ Kiyo


The Name of the Wind (Kingkiller Chronicle #1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780756405892
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Published: DAW - April 7th, 2009

The Wise Man's Fear (Kingkiller Chronicle #2) Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780756407919
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Published: DAW - April 2nd, 2013

Shadow & Claw: The First Half of 'The Book of the New Sun' Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780312890179
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Published: Orb Books - October 15th, 1994

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780060839871
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - August 2nd, 2005

Lord of Light Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780060567231
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Published: Harper Voyager - March 30th, 2010

The Power of Myth Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780385418867
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Published: Anchor - June 1st, 1991

Dune Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780441172719
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Published: Ace - September 1st, 1990