This book was amazing! I have read all three of Gillian Flynn's books this year and each one is amazing. Flynn provides the right amount of darkness a...moreThis book was amazing! I have read all three of Gillian Flynn's books this year and each one is amazing. Flynn provides the right amount of darkness and suspense to create an entertaining experience. The characters from each book are perfectly flawed. I can not wait to read more from Flynn. I am even very excited for the movie adaptations for Gone Girl and Dark Places.
Camille Preaker is a reporter from Chicago sent to her small hometown to report on a suspected serial murderer that targets children. She reconnects with a lot of familiar faces.
The story from there lies in the strength of Flynn's ability to create magnificent characters. We meet so many different individuals with diverse interests, motives, and back stories. The small town setting is definitely where Gillian Flynn seems to thrive.
Do yourself a favor and read this book. Then read all of Gillian Flynn's books.(less)
I hate to use the phrase "textbook" but that is exactly what I thought throughout this book. John Steinbeck starts every chapter with vivid details o...more I hate to use the phrase "textbook" but that is exactly what I thought throughout this book. John Steinbeck starts every chapter with vivid details of the setting. Then the characters arrive with simple yet very effective dialogue that provide life and meaning. The relationship between Lennie and George is heartwarming and is put to the test trying to "make it big."This is a very quick and easy read and I'd recommend it to anyone.(less)
I would say that my sense of humor is pretty different . Whenever I hear that books are hilarious I worry but still want to give them a shot. I'm not...more
I would say that my sense of humor is pretty different . Whenever I hear that books are hilarious I worry but still want to give them a shot. I'm not trying to say I have a taste for high class humor but probably just the opposite. I liked the movie Freddy got fingered and probably enjoyed the scary movie series more than I would like to admit.
But now that you know about me let me introduce apathy and other small victories. It is about Shane and his apathy. He gets accused of murder even though right off the bat he knows he isn't guilty. So what follows is a cynical, alcoholic, smart ass, and odd detective trying to piece together a murder case.
The plot is a little weird but the commentary is pretty funny. Not in a laugh out loud funny but more like a Louis CK funny (sad, cynical, but brutally honest.) It was a fun and quick read that I enjoyed and wouldn't mind looking into Paul Neilan's future writing.(less)
I really don't know how I ended up reading this book. I wish it was some awesome story but it kind of started as a joke as one of the only books one o...moreI really don't know how I ended up reading this book. I wish it was some awesome story but it kind of started as a joke as one of the only books one of my friends has ever read. He ended up letting me borrow it and I put off reading it for as long as I could. I expected it to be some type of R.L. Stine novel by the cover and the title. I really had no idea what to expect from this book.
The introduction by Hunter S. Thompson really gets the book started in the right direction. Thompson seems to glorify Acosta almost like a legend. Usually I don't read too much into praise for an author or book but compliments from Thompson speaks volumes when compared to the type of work that Thompson himself has accomplished.
The Revolt of the Cockroach People starts right in the middle of a demonstration. Acosta vividly describes the scene in his own very unique voice. It seems like a lot going on right at the beginning but Acosta slows down the tempo in the next chapters allowing the reader to catch up on his life and how he became a crucial part in the Chicano movement.
Strangely, I felt connected to Acosta. Maybe it was how he felt like he wasn't always in touch with his Mexican culture. Or maybe I saw him almost how I look at my Dad. Regardless, Acosta is definitely not a perfect person. He is degrading towards women, homosexuals, and even towards other races. But as a time period piece it kind of works and makes sense. I do not agree with his outlook but I find it completely interesting to see his mindset in that time and place.
The end of the book is heavy on court cases. It is not the most exciting thing but it gives a nice feel to the book.
I appreciated the opportunity to read this book. This is not the type of book I typically read but it shed a lot of light on my culture. It definitely aligns with the stories I have been told by my Dad growing up. The entire time I felt like this book was much like Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas but with more direction and a Chicano voice. (less)
I have been a fan of logistics since my time in college. It was something that appealed to me. So many small details go into simple things that we tak...moreI have been a fan of logistics since my time in college. It was something that appealed to me. So many small details go into simple things that we take for granted. I have dealt with all types of products and it is truly amazing to see how an idea finds a way into a store and ultimately into the hands of a consumer. I was very intrigued to read a book that illustrated how all this came about.
Let me start by saying that this prologue is one of the best I have ever read. It makes a very specialized topic come to life. I was very exciting to get into the book with many of the ideas presented in the prologue. The book itself slows down the exciting pace to a typical history text book. All the facts are there. They are accessible and easy to read. The book is very clean and well cited and if this book sounds interesting to you I definitely recommend it. I know there isn't a huge demand on supply chain books but this is definitely a good one for those interested in the subject matter.