It was ok. That's about as much enthusiasm as I can generate for the story. Brennert does a great job in describing setting, and Moloka'i is obviouslyIt was ok. That's about as much enthusiasm as I can generate for the story. Brennert does a great job in describing setting, and Moloka'i is obviously beautiful (and he has an obvious fondness for the place), but his characters are all flat to me. There's nothing particularly memorable about them. I didn't feel any sense of dramatic tension. Bad things happen to folks, but I didn't really FEEL it. I mean, poor little Rachel has leprosy, for goodness sake! And yes, it was sad that she was taken away from her family and moved to a remote island, but I never felt her emotions very clearly. I re-read my review for Honolulu, and I had the same problem with it. It just wasn't very deep. So--it was fine...but I'm going to stop reading Brennert. I've got better, more memorable things to read....more
Extremely simplistic (and in one of those dreaded parable formats with cheesy dialogue), but the basics are worthwhile. The moral of the story is thisExtremely simplistic (and in one of those dreaded parable formats with cheesy dialogue), but the basics are worthwhile. The moral of the story is this: to be a good manager, do 3 things:
1. Have your people (and you) create written goals for what they want to accomplish 2. Give small praises for good performance along the way 3. Give immediate feedback when people screw up.
#3 made me uncomfortable, because the language is "the one-minute reprimand". I'm not a child--I don't need reprimanding. If I try something and it doesn't work, give me feedback. But "reprimand" rubbed me the wrong way. Overall it felt very patriarchal (and it is 30 years old), but the basic theories of letting everyone know your expectations, giving positive and negative feedback immediately, and writing down goals so everyone (manager and direct report) is on the same page is great, intuitive (but not often used) advice. Good principles, cheesy delivery. ...more
As I'm getting more into the training/instructional design area, this was an extremely valuable and entertaining book. It's written in a way that mimiAs I'm getting more into the training/instructional design area, this was an extremely valuable and entertaining book. It's written in a way that mimics its lessons--it's interactive, puts into practice what it preaches, and uses language that's relatable. Definitely at the top of my "training/OD/ID" bookshelf. And they have a conference! I'm very interested in attending the conference (what a cool idea to tie the two together!)...more
**spoiler alert** I couldn't put this down...but that's necessarily to say that I thought it was one of Robotham's best. I'll give him this--he's grea**spoiler alert** I couldn't put this down...but that's necessarily to say that I thought it was one of Robotham's best. I'll give him this--he's great at writing a compelling suspense novel (although I still missed his books with Dr. Joe O'Laughlin--he's the best!), but the characters were muddier. Audie is just too saintly to be believed. He's in prison 10 years, they think he stole millions of dollars in a robbery gone wrong (so everyone and anyone beats on him to make him give up the money), but he stays Christ-like is his ability to be unbowed...for a reason that is explained at the end, but just didn't work for me unless you believe his absolute and unswavering devotion to the lovely (but kind of morose and tortured) Belita. I just had a hard time believing Audie wouldn't crack in prison, and I didn't see that being possible (and frankly didn't see a lot of his bad side--he was mostly heroic throughout). And then the Sheriff character--I couldn't get a bead on him. So...he's evil? But had good intentions? But not really? But he's trying to be a good family man? But not really? I felt Robotham didn't know how to sketch him. He had a lot of characters, a lot of moving parts, so some of their motivations didn't come through. Mostly I felt the final act to be unfocused...what was Audie going to do once he escaped from prison? His plan was muddled and I think Robotham's was too. I wasn't sure about the grand plan of the escape, and Audie's ideas felt half-baked (which, in all fairness...Audie kind of acknowledged. How very meta, Robotham!)
Did I enjoy it, and was it hard to put down? Definitely. But I kind of missed Dr. Joe--I appreciated the psychological suspense that character brought to the story....more