Archer proved that money is the main cause of troubles and how it influences our way of living. From a legal perspective, Jeff told the stories that aArcher proved that money is the main cause of troubles and how it influences our way of living. From a legal perspective, Jeff told the stories that allow the readers to understand the grounds for crime and the loopholes or weaknesses within the legal system. It is not a straight forward storytelling, but always with unexpected twists that linger in our mind for a while... ...more
This one of the 25 books to be distributed on the 5th March 2011 during the World Book Night celebration in U
"A million reasons to read a book..."
This one of the 25 books to be distributed on the 5th March 2011 during the World Book Night celebration in United Kingdom. Im fortunate to be one of the book-givers and distributing 48 copies of Fingersmith by Sarah Waters.
About the Project: World Book Night is a celebration of great writing and the power of books and the pleasures of reading. This book is one of 40,000 copies printed of each of the 25 brilliant titles selected for World Book Night 2011. That's 1,000,000 books to be read and enjoyed and then shared. Be part of the reading revolution.
About the Book: London 1862. Sue Trinder, orphaned at birth, grows up among petty thieves - fingersmiths - under the rough but loving care of Mrs Sucksby and her "family". But for the moment she draws breath, Sue's fate is linked to that of another orphan growing up in a gloomy mansion not too many miles away.
The style of Zafon's storytelling reminded me of C.S. Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia. Unlike the two current novels (The Angel's Game and The Shadow of tThe style of Zafon's storytelling reminded me of C.S. Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia. Unlike the two current novels (The Angel's Game and The Shadow of the Wind,) The Prince of Mist does not contain much of Zafon's poetic lines, but it does capture our imagination - a tale of adventure, magic and mystery which also embodied in the children books written by Lewis. Indeed a recommended summer read! ...more
Heartbreaking story but allows readers to embrace the truth through the eyes of an innocent child. Bruno's fate somehow lingers in my mind for a whileHeartbreaking story but allows readers to embrace the truth through the eyes of an innocent child. Bruno's fate somehow lingers in my mind for a while...trying to understand his naiveness, curiousity and being a true dearest friend to Schmuel forever! ( A long review will follow)......more
I cant believe it that this book has an excellent story. My enthusiasm to finish it was like when I also started reading Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code 6 yI cant believe it that this book has an excellent story. My enthusiasm to finish it was like when I also started reading Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code 6 years ago. Even though the plot was different, my adrenalin to find out the truth is beyond the thermometer reading!
Larsson did a brilliant story and characters that allow readers to be involved, not only to be entertained but also have critical thinking of the situations presented in the story, consequently draw some conclusions from beginning to end.
The original story was written in Swedish and I must say that the translation was straightforward and easy to follow, BUT Ive noticed that there are few words/terms used which were first time I encountered and most of them are Middle or Old English and be added to my vocabulary.
I cant wait to read the second sequel and of course to have a complete DVD copies of the films adapted from the book!
"The Stock Exchange is something very different. There is no economy and no production of goods and services. There are only fantasies in which people from one hour to the next decide that this or that company is worth so many billions, more or less. It doesn't having a thing to do with reality ..." - Blomkvist...more
This is the first book from Maxwell that I have read on leadership. The book provided me a benchmark on my current capability as a leader from a middlThis is the first book from Maxwell that I have read on leadership. The book provided me a benchmark on my current capability as a leader from a middle of an organization. As suggested by the author, I took the free 360-degree leadership assessment at www.36DegreeLeader.com to gauge my leadership potentials, strengths and weaknesses.
One of the important things that Ive learned from the book is that the secret of leadership is not the position, but influence which is used as an acronym: I-ntegrity, N-urturing, F-aith, L-istening, U-nderstanding, E-nlarging, N-avigating, C-onnecting and E-mpowering. ...more
I thought this is a simple teenage story, unfortunately, I was surprised of the emotional and psychological effects on me while reading it. The authorI thought this is a simple teenage story, unfortunately, I was surprised of the emotional and psychological effects on me while reading it. The author tackled very sensitive issues on parenting, family relationship, growing up and sexuality. These issues were presented in a lighter mood which is more easier to comprehend from a viewpoint of a teenager. With a sense of humor, the entertainment part brought the reading of this book enjoyable as well.
"So, I guess we are who are for a lot of reasons. And maybe we'll never know most of them. But even if we don't have the power to choose where we come from, we can still choose where we go from there. We can still do things. And we can try to feel okay about them." - Charlie...more
Garth Stein's novel tackled some of the important facets of living and these are shown in the personalities of the characters. In particular, despiteGarth Stein's novel tackled some of the important facets of living and these are shown in the personalities of the characters. In particular, despite the family problems and adversity he is facing, Denny managed to survive and became a well-known figure in the field of racing. It only shows that if we have the passion for what we are doing, then no one could stop us in doing it.
"I've always felt almost human. I've always known that there's something about me that's different than other dogs. Sure, I'm stuffed into a dog's body, but that's just the shell. It's what inside that's important. The soul. And my soul is very much human." - Enzo
Daniel became obsessed with the true identity of the author - his everlasting love to Penelope. He was drawn to Julian's life that led him to the shadDaniel became obsessed with the true identity of the author - his everlasting love to Penelope. He was drawn to Julian's life that led him to the shadows of Julian's past and present. Discovering Julian Carax persona, Daniel also discovered his own demons and to fight for his love to Bea! This story tells us about unconditional love, affection, and perseverance.
It is about inspiration, friendship, passion, love and happiness. Unfortunately, The Shadow of the Wind is much better than this book, however, it isIt is about inspiration, friendship, passion, love and happiness. Unfortunately, The Shadow of the Wind is much better than this book, however, it is still worth reading....more
This is the best ever story from Picoult (gauging it from my previous reading of My Sister's Keeper, Perfect Match and Second Glance). At first, I wasThis is the best ever story from Picoult (gauging it from my previous reading of My Sister's Keeper, Perfect Match and Second Glance). At first, I was a little bit disappointed of the pacing of the story. Picoult has her own way of presenting the characters which quite effective to fully understand each of the personality involved in the story. If you have already read some of her books, you understand what Im saying here. Normally I want variations of presenting the plot even with the same authors, and this is the reason why I tried to avoid much of Picoult's stories.
Going back the details of this engaging story...The novel allows readers to understand the emotional and psychological conditions that confront the characters which is very effective to get the interest of finishing the book (I think so...). For the first 100 pages, I was tempted to temporary abandoned reading it but then reaching the middle part of the book, my enthusiasm is building-up considering that I initially did some preliminary conclusions of what happened to Jess' disappearance/death; consequently I found out that, well almost 100 percent I got it right! At that point of my initial assessment of the events, I jumped to the conclusion that Picoult is not clever enough to sustain the suspense element of the story that I was able to predict the outcome of the investigation.
On the other hand, Picoult is perfectly intelligent enough to motivate her readers to bring their own initial investigations and validated at the end of the story. The focal point of the story is whether a person suffering from Asperger's syndrome can be convicted of a crime or can be acquitted because the suspect is not capable to validate that his action is right or wrong? As the story progresses, I cant resist to do my own judgment from the evidence presented, and Picoult perfectly crafted the story in such a way that readers, like myself who doesnt have any background in forensic or criminal investigations will embark and hold on to find the truth! Unfortunately, Picoult did NOT explicitly described the outcome or the verdict but somehow readers will have their own interpretations...maybe acquittal or conviction.
The criminal process somehow validates my on-going personal discovery about American justice system. Currently, I do regular readings on this subject matter as part of a personal assistance to my cousin's university degree in Criminal Justice and Picoult did well to convince me about the judicial proceedings without going to the real trials. Not only the technical aspect of coming-up with the conviction, but most importantly, Picoult provided an excellent argument to look at, not only the justice system but also the physical, financial, emotional and pyschological impacts to the parties involved. Specifically, the author brings a new dimension of bringing these vulnerable offenders or those with disabilities into trial that could bring "reforms" or challenges to the current criminal system. With my final note, Picoult also wanted to confront us and stir our values and principles especially for those families or individuals who are facing the same dilemma of bringing their loved ones with disabilities that cause a long term effect to the carers which is the hardest thing to accept!
By the way, the other thing that I like finishing Picoult's novels is that she encouraged readers to interact with her, through her "Reading Guide" presented at the end of the book. Being a part-time academician, this kind of book presentation will encourage educators to bring her stories in the classrooms or any debate for that matter....more
A story that reminds us of the cruelty of war and the conflict of religious beliefs. Felix is a young boy who is desperately wanted to find his parentA story that reminds us of the cruelty of war and the conflict of religious beliefs. Felix is a young boy who is desperately wanted to find his parents. His attempt to look for them turned to be not easy as Felix thought but it brought him to a roller-coaster adventure, trying NOT to be detected as a Jewish orphan.
The author allows readers to feel what Felix wanted in life - rescuing Zelda and be part of his plan! It is a heartbreaking story - full of bravery, hope and imagination ... the only things that made Felix's stories alive.
This book (contains two stories, Once and Then) is something to be blended with John Boyne's fable, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas. ...more