The only other writing from Blake Crouch that I've read has been his Wayward Pines series, which I enjoyed quite a bit (especially the first two booksThe only other writing from Blake Crouch that I've read has been his Wayward Pines series, which I enjoyed quite a bit (especially the first two books), so I was excited to see he has written some short stories as well. I've been looking for a few quick reads, which I think thrillers can really work well as, and *69 lived up to that promise. Since it's so short, I don't want to go into really any further detail than what's already listed in the description, but I read it one sitting and enjoyed it quite a bit. There were a few spots where I got a little confused as to who was who, but a quick re-read of those parts cleared up any confusion I had. (The confusion also very likely could have been all on my end, as I was getting interrupted a few times by my kids while reading). Anyway, money well spent. Definitely recommended for anyone in the mood for a quick dose of suspense. I'll be reading more of his shorts, and will be seeking out additional short thrillers as well. I think it's a form that holds quite a bit of promise, as Mr. Crouch exemplified himself with this piece....more
I had the pleasure of seeing Bryan Kramer speak at a recent marketing leadership summit I attended, and he gave a fantastic presentation keynote to kiI had the pleasure of seeing Bryan Kramer speak at a recent marketing leadership summit I attended, and he gave a fantastic presentation keynote to kick off the event. At the end of the talk he gave out complimentary copies of this book as well as his other book, Shareology - which was a very welcome gesture as I had already decided during his talk that I wanted to read the books he'd written.
This book is a very short little piece on the importance of understanding and remembering that communications, especially now via social media, are always between two or more real people. The whole notion of communicating differently between businesses or consumers or just other people is silly (my words, not his) and to grow the strongest relationships we need to be human in our interactions. This includes focusing on the hierarchy of needs as well as embracing our flaws as humans.
So, although the main text comes in at under 50 pages, it's still a book I recommend all marketers have on their bookshelf. I plan on taking my copy to work and encouraging my team to read it - ideally going back to it regularly to keep the human-ness of communication constantly at the forefront of our minds....more
I picked this book up at a big discount at a major retailer when I saw it in their used clearance section. Mostly I wanted to read it because I'm workI picked this book up at a big discount at a major retailer when I saw it in their used clearance section. Mostly I wanted to read it because I'm working on a short story that has an environmental radical as the main character, and was hoping to get some research in to make the character more fully fleshed out. It turns out that the book wasn't all that useful in that vein, as Mike Roselle actually tends to stay away from the more radical / anarchist end of things than I had expected from the title. That said, it actually ended up being a pretty interesting read, as I don't know too much other than what I've seen or heard in passing about those heading up the environmental movement. Some interesting history here, and some great anecdotes - as well as some good clarification of the rationality of many of those who are leading the charge to ensure our environment is taken care of and respected. I'd recommend this to anyone who's interested in learning more about the actual goings-on of the movement, beyond the sensationalist stories that are the ones that make the nightly news....more