Sure to appeal to any fan of Pixar! Funny, I was drawn to this book more for the management aspects than the history and behind-the-scenes looks at PiSure to appeal to any fan of Pixar! Funny, I was drawn to this book more for the management aspects than the history and behind-the-scenes looks at Pixar, but I actually ended up enjoying the sort of memoir portion of the book more than the business portion. While I haven’t seen many of the Pixar films, I did enjoy hearing about the evolution of the projects, and it made me interested in finally seeing all the films. While the history of the company held my interest, I found the management advice a bit thin and repetitive. Maybe it is because I have already been lucky enough to have worked as the production manager for a creative company that had a very similar culture, but a lot of it didn’t seem that original to me. A lot of it is just common sense: hire people smarter than you – then trust them, be honest, look for hidden problems, don’t be afraid to fail, etc. Not to say there is not some good advice – and specific examples that make it easy to understand – but I really found the second half of the book a bit hard to get through because of the redundancy.
Thanks to Random House for providing a complimentary copy via Riffle Books. ...more
3.5 stars rounded up to 4 since I think I would have enjoyed it more had I read it in a day or two rather than over the cThe Scatter Here is Too Great
3.5 stars rounded up to 4 since I think I would have enjoyed it more had I read it in a day or two rather than over the course of a week. It would have helped me more fully appreciate the interconnections of the characters from one story to the next.
Despite the bomb blast event, it is not a terribly heavy read, though it does touch upon some deep reflections at times. It is more about the characters and their lives than this actual event.
The author has a unique style, but I can’t really put my finger on why, but this uniqueness has a genuine feel to it. It could be that I am just not familiar enough with Pakistani literature, or much of the novel-told-in-stories genre to say for sure how it compares.
I was a little disoriented at times, which could be because my reading was too spread out, or that it was intentionally written this way in order to provide the reader with the feel of the chaos and confusion that characters would feel such a traumatic event, much in the way I felt reading Blindness though Saramago used a completely different technique to get that feeling across.
All in all, a worthwhile book I will probably return to again when I’ve got a small block of time where I can sit down and read it straight through.
I received a complimentary copy via the Goodreads “first reads” program. ...more
A fantastic debut novel! I couldn’t have loved it more. I almost passed it over because while I actually like the cover art, it confused me as to whatA fantastic debut novel! I couldn’t have loved it more. I almost passed it over because while I actually like the cover art, it confused me as to what type of book it really was. But I am a sucker for a good immigrant story, and the whole ice cream twist seemed like an original idea – and it was. Though definitely very humorous in parts, it is a more serious work than the cover suggests; perfect for readers of literary and historical fiction alike.
Lillian Dunkle is a terrific antihero—and funny as heck. Because of her hard-working, self-made, persevering nature, you just can’t help but root for her no matter what dreadful situations she gets herself into. The setting was absolutely perfect and really captured the feel of an early twentieth century America, beginning with Lillian’s/Malka’s young life in the New York tenements, and up through the years, as both Lillian and the ice cream business must adapt to changing times. All of the supporting characters were well-crafted and fully imagined, really bringing the story to life. A lot of research went into the history of ice cream making—with parts loosely based on Tom Carver and his accidental invention of soft serve—and it shows in every detail.
Usually there is always something I feel could be better, but in this case it is perfect as is. It was the first book in forever I didn’t want to end, and it even made my “favorites” list. I’m not familiar with Susan Jane Gilman’s non-fiction, but I read in the Q&A that she has always wanted to write fiction. She truly has made her place here, and I hope she writes more like this.
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