Still not sure what I read, but it was not what I was expecting. Could it be that I'm getting too old for comic books? Even the darker stuff like BatmStill not sure what I read, but it was not what I was expecting. Could it be that I'm getting too old for comic books? Even the darker stuff like Batman?
Then again, this wasn't Bruce Wayne. This was Dick Greyson as Batman and Damian Wayne as Robin. Somehow Bruce was still alive and in Japan, but totally slacking on the Batman gig. Ex girlfriend gets shot, but doesn't die, and then goes on a rampage.
I must start out with honesty. While I read this book as an educator, for the purpose of homeschool students to use as a history text, I did not reallI must start out with honesty. While I read this book as an educator, for the purpose of homeschool students to use as a history text, I did not really enjoy the book. It was a narrative with lots of pictures, an easy read, and fairly interesting. Despite of this, I found it not quite what I expected for a comic book, and not in depth enough for a history book.
But that does not effect it's level of educational value. If I was to grade on that, I would say it's a 5 star book for students with a little bit of WWII history under their belt. There are notes of politics, technological advances, important battles, and even a handful of important people. And, it's written in a way that is easy to follow without being overwhelming for those that don't have a mind for names and dates.
I took the time to check the info against a military historian, Travis Beiersdorfer, and it seems to be very accurate for being so easy to read. ...more
I am not a fashionista. I'm not even really all that concerned about glamour or my looks beyond looking presentable and keeping my skin and nails healI am not a fashionista. I'm not even really all that concerned about glamour or my looks beyond looking presentable and keeping my skin and nails healthy. However, there are times when I'd like to take the extra effort for one reason or another. The problem I had was not knowing a damned thing about beauty supplies, makeup, fashion, or anything else in the beauty industry.
Thus, I retrieved Your Beauty Mark from the library and delved in.
I can say it's a great primer for those that are like me and not sure what the differences are between all the powders and liquids, let alone what goes where and ways to apply them. This part of the book answered all my questions. But, Miss Von Teese did not stop at just applying make up. She went into the art of taking care of your body (cleanliness, taking care of one's self, eating sensibly, and exercising), doing your hair (and even had tutorials on her fav styles), ways to dress for life and stage, and even manners.
What was impressed most about was not the depth and breadth, but the way that Miss Von Teese constantly reminded us that beauty is not something for the frivolous, but rather a way to show pride in oneself by taking care of oneself. It can be taken as far as you want, but the point is to care for yourself, play, and create an image that you are happy with.
So, why only 3 stars? Well, first off, it should be apparent from looking at the rest of my shelves here on Goodreads that this is not my typical sort of read. Second, I found it tedious to read in points where they pontificated their world of fashion a bit too much. Interesting, yes, but definitely tedious. And, third, it seemed as if Miss Von Teese would tell you one page to do what feels beautiful to you, but then on other pages tout that only the 1940s level of glamour and mystique that she has worked so hard to portray is the way to go. A few places it felt pretty disjointed due to this undertone.
Still, if you are new to beauty and enjoy her refreshing and different fashion, it's a good read with lots of useful bits. ...more
Sometimes when you see a book like this, you have to pick it up and see how cheesy it's going to be. I mean, look at that cover. It screams infomerciaSometimes when you see a book like this, you have to pick it up and see how cheesy it's going to be. I mean, look at that cover. It screams infomercial. It screams buy my scam. It screams the same thing every internet marketer screams.
The difference is that it's solid.
Hartley does a great job integrating psychology, toolboxes of professionals, and business savvy together in a way that feels like you are part bad ass, part smart ass, all kick ass. This works out well because the content in here is not the dark arts that you might think they are, but highly practical skills we can use in the business world to make things work better.
For example, profiling is used to make sure you've got the right person for a job. Networking goes deeper than just talking to people, but also dips into the intelligence realm so you can follow what really bugs employees when they won't say it to your face. Negotiation becomes more about making the situation a win-win, without any loss.
Frankly, I loved the book. I like the down to earth, practical advice. It wasn't an easy read though. It oscillated between dry and boring and more dry and more boring. Despite of that, there is a LOT of useful information in here on how to work with people no matter what type of situation you are in or what you need them to do. ...more
Sci-fi is one of those genres that's hit or miss with me. That's often why I shy away from them -- in the past I couldn't suspend belief long enough tSci-fi is one of those genres that's hit or miss with me. That's often why I shy away from them -- in the past I couldn't suspend belief long enough to buy the crap they were shovelling, and they didn't explain it well enough that didn't make me think they created a whole new physics.
Posfai managed to create short stories that were engaging, intriguing, and explained the "what if" questions behind the stories. It's like asking "what if we got too close to a black hole", then following the possibilities down the rabbit hole until you come up with a good story.
Or in Posfai's case, really good stories.
The first story, I must say was only "decent". It was a war story, sort of, built on a fictitious war (I think). Not fictitious in the way it was completely made up, but in the way that is perpetuated by those in the know. The idea was vaguely "Matrix-y", but without Neo, Morpheus, or terrible tropes. Instead, you get the story of a young strategist that is freaking out about an anomaly, only to be given a choice to join the ranks of those in the know... or have his life's work destroyed.
The second story, The Big Loop, floored me. I remember having similar discussions about what would happen if we could space jump to different dimensions and universes in my astrophysics classes. While our convos were the stuff of alcohol or caffeine (depending on time of day), this was the stuff of geeks talking science and possibilities limited only by our engineering and human conditions.
The third story, Remember, was all together different for me. It's a cautionary tale of what happens when we don't really control technology, but yet allow it to control us. It's a bit of a horror story, too, for the visceral feeling it leaves you with as you let yourself sink into this morbid, dystopian possibility for a future.
The fourth story was by far the most confusing for me -- but not because I didn't get the story line. It was because I started asking questions. A man leaves a mysterious package to be delivered at a certain place at a certain time, then dies of a heart attack. The message is delivered, and it's tied to the story. Which would be tied to the family in a very weird, gross way. Did she birth herself? Argh. So many possibilities of crazy, so little time to explore them all.
All in all, Posfai's stories are short, thought provoking, and really could be expanded into amazing full length novels that would essentially warp minds. ...more
I'm not a marketing guru, but I've always been interested in the psychology of how to communicate, market, persuade, and influence. When I picked up tI'm not a marketing guru, but I've always been interested in the psychology of how to communicate, market, persuade, and influence. When I picked up this book years ago, it was to learn just that. However, when I picked it up to read it, it was to help my marketing team design a marketing platform that wasn't sleazy, cheesy, or out-dated.
What I learnt was both our own mind's workings and how to market in a way that won't haunt me.
Rushkoff shows you the history of marketing in all it's glamour, triteness, and coercive horrors from really beginning in the Roaring 20s to modern day. He leads you on a historical journey showing how the art and science of marketing evolved with the times, how it became an aggressive "arms race" between potential consumer and companies.
What Rushkoff doesn't show you is the human element of communicating with one another. Reason? This book is more of a cautionary tale of just how bloody corrupt things can get, but how as each of us get used to the marketing, we become resistant to it. Cult mentalities (Apple), MLM marketing schemes (Mary Kay/Tupperware/Cutco/etc), themed flagship stores (Disney/Nike/etc.) are all part of the modern world. They are made to delight, subtly guide you into their narrative, show you how the world can be, and invite you to be part of their narrative.
The way he writes it with a definite distaste towards the beauty of making a branded fantasy world and inviting others to live in it. This is none clearer than in the last chapters on modern marketing in the age of the internet. It's not just the banners everywhere that we have learnt to ignore no matter how gaudy and flashy they are, but his displeasure at the way the internet is being used for a commercial use instead of mostly for letting knowledge free-flow from person to person without restriction.
While he might hold a vaguely Utopian view on the commercialisation of everything (which seems to ignore cultures at large), Rushkoff points out some more darker shades of this reality in how "they" track us across the internet and team up to offer us personlised experiences -- no matter how much this might box us in.
All in all, this was a very informative book. It's hard to believe that I learnt some history, psychology, marketing tactics, and even some cyber security. ...more
I hate preachy books, but I tried to read this for the sake of the family member that gave it to me. In the first few pages I was disgusted by outdateI hate preachy books, but I tried to read this for the sake of the family member that gave it to me. In the first few pages I was disgusted by outdated tropes that have been disproved time and time again (we only use 10% of our minds), 34 uses of God/He/Him, and the short, choppy sentences that seemed to have been written by a 5th grader.
So, instead of reading this book, I flipped through and read random pages. If you are the type of person that has really nothing going for you in life, it would be a useful book. But for those of us that read a lot of self-help, leadership, or personal development books, then it's absolutely trite preachy rubbish.
So, no. I didn't finish this one. I flipped through and read about every 3rd page looking for wisdom that I could quote to some of my more religious employees to give them hope, understanding, and help them. Instead, I found pretty bland stories from a upper middle class life with the underlying message of "trust god". The best part was the table of contents. Read that, and you'll know exactly where Osteen is going with the lessons. Read what you want when you want it....more
I've read a lot of campy books in my time. I've read a lot of crappy detective books. I have not read anything that made me so apathetic about the chaI've read a lot of campy books in my time. I've read a lot of crappy detective books. I have not read anything that made me so apathetic about the characters that I wanted to burn the book just to spare anyone else the pain.
But, I'm not a book burner, so I leave it for others to discover.
This book, as far as I can tell, is supposed to be a whodunit type of book. It starts off with a Thai police officer whose old flame has gotten tangled up in with the wrong people and died. Then, the author weaves in a horrible attempt at soft-core porn throughout to make it seem more ... something. Hell, I don't know what he was trying to achieve, but he probably would have gotten anywhere if he had spent some time reading his mother and grandma's pony books. You know the ones with Fabio and the ladies that rip their bodices off with their heaving chests.
Alas, he didn't. I don't think he even read much in the way of detective books from the setup. It seems like he DID watch of wuxia films from the 80s and 90s... and then left all of the action scenes out. And all the excitement and emotion. Seriously. ...more