What a brilliant concept for a book, and for a zombie story no less! I never thought I'd be awarding five stars for a book about zombies.
I started thi...moreWhat a brilliant concept for a book, and for a zombie story no less! I never thought I'd be awarding five stars for a book about zombies.
I started this book thinking that it was going to take more of a comedic approach to a zombie thriller. It's written by Max Brooks-son of comedy writer Mel Brooks-who also wrote for Saturday Night Live. The book wasn't funny in any sense of the word, so shame on me for walking into something with a preconceived idea about what to expect.
World War Z reads almost like a documentary, since it's essentially a compilation of interviews from all over the world which have been told by the survivors of the war. I know the movie is due out this year, and I just really, really hope that Brad Pitt does the book justice. I hate it when an awesome book is ruined by a terrible movie!
Another thing that really impressed me was the sheer amount of creativity that went into putting this book together. I'm pretty sure Max Brooks came up with every possible scenario that could play out in a Zombie Apocalypse. We read accounts of what happened when people first started hearing about the outbreaks of 'African Rabies'; we read about entire governments collapsing, how entire cities were overrun, how the plague went as far as it did without making anyone the wiser, and what militaries around the world had to go through when they realized that all of their training and weaponry meant nothing when they were pitted against a new kind of enemy, one that would never stop coming and would never know fear. How do you fight against 200 million zombies that have taken over the world?
I think probably the biggest surprise, though, is the quality of Brooks' writing. I thought it was going to be a simple and easy to digest tale about zombies, but by the time I finished reading World War Z, I have been fervently hoping that it won't be his last.
Die-hard zombie fans will love The Zombie Survival Guide. Whether you're defending your home, on the run, or preparing for an all-out zombie apocalyps...moreDie-hard zombie fans will love The Zombie Survival Guide. Whether you're defending your home, on the run, or preparing for an all-out zombie apocalypse, The Zombie Survival Guide will teach you everything you need to know about zombie behavior, zombie anatomy, defense tactics and the best weaponry to use.
If you've ever read an actual survival guide, you'll be more than impressed with the lengths the author takes to provide you with an extremely accurate and logical set of steps towards preparing yourself against an assault of the living dead. The author also includes a complete and thorough history of zombie outbreaks around the world. Humor and horror blended together, Max Brooks has written a very tongue-in-cheek and interesting read, to say the least! He gets top marks from me for being completely and 100% original.(less)
A friend lent me this book a few months ago and it's been sitting on my 'to read' shelf ever since. A hatter's daughter, witches, wizards, magic, fire...moreA friend lent me this book a few months ago and it's been sitting on my 'to read' shelf ever since. A hatter's daughter, witches, wizards, magic, fire demons and a moving castle make this story an absolute delight and I'm sorry now that I didn't pick it up sooner.
The story is centered around a hatter's daughter named Sophie who makes the most wonderful creations and ends up attracting the attention of a wicked witch in the area, who turns her into an old woman. Sophie runs away to Howl's moving castle with the intention of gaining the wizard Howl's help in reversing the spell. While waiting for Howl to return home, she strikes a bargain with the fire demon Calcifer, and agrees to break the contract he is under with Howl in return for his help in turning her into her old self again. Sophie ends up moving into Howl's castle and the adventures begin. Does Sophie convince Howl to reverse the spell? Does she break Calcifer's contract? You'll have to find out for yourself!(less)
"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.” -Aristotle
Covey shows us that habits play an integral role in our lives b...more"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.” -Aristotle
Covey shows us that habits play an integral role in our lives by allowing us to move through life with knowledge, skill and desire. We see the world based on our own personal perspective; our personal perspectives have a deep impact on how we relate to things. He also points out that changing outward behavior isn't really effective. The change has to start from within.
In The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change, Stephen Covey teaches us that we can achieve effectiveness in our personal life and professional life by following these seven habits:
1. Be proactive 2. Begin with the end in mind 3. Put first things first 4. Think win/win 5. Seek first to understand, then to be understood 6. Synergize 7. Sharpen the saw
There are some real pearls of wisdom here. In particular, the chapters that I found particularly meaningful for my personal growth were Chapter Four - Think Win/Win and Chapter Five - Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood.
Habit Four taught me to think of situations as win/win. I am definitely going to start working towards that end. Covey shows us that thinking in terms of a win/win situation requires us to be tough and nice, to have courage and consideration, to be empathic and confident. I don't always believe that there is plenty for everyone, so I'm really going to start striving towards creating a win/win situation for everyone involved whenever I get into an altercation in my personal or professional life.
Chapter Five also hit home for me. I've always thought I was a good listener, but when Covey pointed out that we tend to listen to others and then relate to their problems with our own personal experiences, I realized that I'm a prime offender. I need to work on my listening skills and really start to understand where someone else is coming from BEFORE I try to start making myself understood. This habit, more than any other point in the book, is something that I really want to achieve.
I found the book a bit long-winded, but there were some really great ideas in The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change. I'd definitely recommend it if you're interested in making some personal changes in your life.
A friend gave me this book because she knows I have a strong interest in mythology. Suffice to say, it was awful. I could barely make my way through i...moreA friend gave me this book because she knows I have a strong interest in mythology. Suffice to say, it was awful. I could barely make my way through it. Utter drivel.(less)
Brilliant artwork and a strong story line from Robert Kirkman! It's no wonder The Walking Dead was picked up for a television series. Now I see what a...moreBrilliant artwork and a strong story line from Robert Kirkman! It's no wonder The Walking Dead was picked up for a television series. Now I see what all the fuss is about with these graphic novels! You can't ask for a better combination of writing and artwork.
The author does a great job of developing all of his characters. We get a good sense of what kind of man Rick Grimes is right from the very beginning, and I really like that we get to learn more about (and care about) the secondary characters that appeared briefly in the television series. Kirkman does an incredible job of capturing the fear, grief and anxiety of his characters. I even found myself feeling sorry for some of the zombies!