Being my first to-do once I got back into the reading game, I found Daemon to be an awesome example of a modern adventure. Every novel I'd read growinBeing my first to-do once I got back into the reading game, I found Daemon to be an awesome example of a modern adventure. Every novel I'd read growing up either took place in some neutered village without a computer in sight, or a fantastical science fiction future where the technology is indistinguishable from magic.
Daemon takes place firmly in present day, and Suarez does an excellent job introducing the tech involved. He goes through great pains to ensure that anything that happens in the book is possible with today's technology, and that adds greatly to the immersion you get while reading.
The story itself centers on a computer program gone rogue following the death of its creator. A series of pre-planned events and triggers escalate into a full on takeover of society as a whole. We get to experience this from the viewpoints of several characters - and we learn what the rise of the Daemon means to each of them.
If you grew up like me, watching computers and the internet form through the nineties, you'll appreciate the attention to detail and realism. If you're not a technophile, then you'll probably get some thrill from the story, while learning at the same time....more
My first dabble into the world of feel-good hippie business books. I've heard a lot of good things about Zappos, and since I've recently been trying tMy first dabble into the world of feel-good hippie business books. I've heard a lot of good things about Zappos, and since I've recently been trying to drive a higher purpose into my own customer service career I figured it may be a good time to start checking into some of these motivational / inspirational reads.
That said, I've got a good sense for BS and this book passes the test as being direct and honest, much better than I was expecting. The CEO's stories begin like an autobiography, detailing how he came around to deciding on customer service as a focus for his business, and the mistakes made along the way. There's a lot of talk about ways to build company culture and sticking to values because they're right, instead of compromising them for short term profits.
A lot of it feels like common sense, of course, but as you're going through you begin to realize that sense might be missing from your own company, and you begin to ask why that is, and what you can do personally to bring that to the table. That's the purpose of this book. Instead of just cheerleading and talking about how awesome Zappos is, it's about proving that their approach to business is feasible, and helping other business change for the better.
In the beginning chapters, Tony does accidentally paint himself as a character that's hard to identify with. He begins as a fairly lazy and money hungry boy, looking for a rock star lifestyle with a minimum amount of effort. At some point during the LinkExchange days he does suddenly mature and embrace all the values that the book is about, but the catalyst seems to be missing.
Anecdotes aside, you don't have to be privileged and lucky to go through the ups and downs that piece together the story of Zappos. Tony's path won't line up exactly with anyone else, but it is a true story and has its own merits.
Once the actual story portion is complete, we move onto reviewing company policies and internal emails that highlight how differently things are done when compared to other companies. Again, this sparks ideas for the reader and should help anyone who's serious about getting into their job with purpose. Whether you're a manager, ceo, or just a lowly front-line employee like myself, this book has the potential to change the way you do things, and can open your eyes to areas in your business that you never considered, where just the tiniest improvements can build into a movement....more
Wow, first book I see after signing up for Goodreads. This is a classic from my youth, one that I call back on pretty frequently when talking about inWow, first book I see after signing up for Goodreads. This is a classic from my youth, one that I call back on pretty frequently when talking about interesting and funny books. Each chapter is a self contained short story about a single floor / class in the school filled with odd characters. I don't recall much of an overarching story, but there were definitely some good laughs to be had along the way....more