Instead of the normal narrative mode you would find in most other zombie novels, World War Z differs by taking the form of a report and using a seriesInstead of the normal narrative mode you would find in most other zombie novels, World War Z differs by taking the form of a report and using a series of oral interviews from around the globe. In the book, Brooks plays the role of a reporter for the United Nations who is compiling the details of humanity's effort against the zombie outbreak for the last decade.
The book starts with the zombie virus outbreak in China and follows the spread to other countries through illegal organ trade and refugees. The outbreak was already well underway by the time the plague gained public attention. Nations quarantined themselves and had to put in drastic plans by sacrificing some of their citizens so that more may live.
Although the theme of this book is based on an impossible idea, the actions in this book are based on well researched data and historical scenarios. This makes you wonder whether our governments are truly prepared for the unexpected. The distrust and secrecy between governments are actually doing more harm to their citizens in this increasingly connected world. It also paints a bleak picture of what our society would be like in an apocalyptic world where the people are not equipped with the necessary skills and capabilities to survive.
It is also a commentary on the recent wars that the world was involved in, where there seems to be a disconnection between the people making the decisions and the people on the front line. The army wants to show off its latest toys to justify its cost expenditure even though they may not be the best tools for the occasion and also the failure to absorb the experiences of the front line soldiers to avoid unnecessary casualties.
I really enjoyed reading this book and especially like how it takes an international viewpoint with a range of diverse characters. Can't wait to see how this story will turn out on the big screen.
I skimmed through this book because I've watched the documentary based on this book first. I prefer the documentary as it presents the information visI skimmed through this book because I've watched the documentary based on this book first. I prefer the documentary as it presents the information visually but they both provide interesting insights into how our world works....more
The action is on and off and slow to start. When some of the scene gets good it's really good but the rest is very mediocre. I wonder if I should contThe action is on and off and slow to start. When some of the scene gets good it's really good but the rest is very mediocre. I wonder if I should continue reading this series....more
This book is still as good as the first time I've read it more than 10 years ago. Having read more stories about Drizzt and going back it seems he isThis book is still as good as the first time I've read it more than 10 years ago. Having read more stories about Drizzt and going back it seems he is more chaotic in this one. His actions are more reckless and his skills seemed to be worse than he was in the Underdark. It seems strange that Drizzt managed to get knocked over unconscious by a barbarian king when his skills match that of Zaknafein. I also notice that Bruenor loves to mention about some ancient forgotten homeland dear to his race, be it Mithril Hall or Gauntlgrym....more
Another epic story of the fellowship from the North. This time about their journey to save their friend Regis. What it lacks sometimes in plot or charAnother epic story of the fellowship from the North. This time about their journey to save their friend Regis. What it lacks sometimes in plot or character development, it makes up with the non-stop actions and fantastical tales. The Drizzt in this story is more similar to the Drizzt that we come to know later and less chaotic than when we first met him in the Crystal Shard.
What I found disappointing is that in my version of the book, it's filled with mistakes that you would find with OCR software. So names like WuIfgar, Wijlfgar, MaIchor were all common occurrences....more
I love the characters of Drizzt and Guenhwyvar and its great to finally find out how Drizzt came to be an outcast of Menzoberranzan and how he acquireI love the characters of Drizzt and Guenhwyvar and its great to finally find out how Drizzt came to be an outcast of Menzoberranzan and how he acquired the black panther as his companion. You will come to appreciate these books more if you have read them after the Icewind Dale trilogy as it gives a rich background to Drizzt's old way of life and how much he did not fit in.
The first book Homeland gives a detail background of life in Menzoberranzan and here we see how Drizzt was brought up and how much he did not fit into this chaotic and evil Underdark city. It is also interesting to see the great Houses scheming and plotting against each other, waiting for another's downfall.
The second book Exile, which I felt was the weakest book of the trilogy but necessary as it shows the transition that Drizzt goes through from a savage lone hunter to a more complete self.
The final book Sojourn is action packed, filled with one battle after another, barghest whelps, stone giants, orc invasion and a red dragon! A great finisher to the trilogy that shows the journey Drizzt took from his birthplace Menzoberranzan to his real home in Icewind Dale....more
The Flight of the Eisenstein is the fourth book in the Horus Heresy series by the Black Library. This book takes place around the time of the tragic eThe Flight of the Eisenstein is the fourth book in the Horus Heresy series by the Black Library. This book takes place around the time of the tragic events on Isstvan III and tells the story of a group of loyal Death Guards and their journey back to Terra to deliver message of Horus's treachery.
Swallow does a marvelous job expanding on the character of Nathaniel Garro, who had a small role in Ben Counter's "Galaxy in Flames". For the past three books, the lead Garviel Loken seemed a little wooden, a little too guarded whereas Garro is honest about himself and not afraid to break rules to make a stand for his believes. He has a strong sense of tradition and honour and is one of the few remaining Astartes that originated from Terra. To me, Garro displays all the best qualities of a loyal Astartes. Even when Decius was on the verges of death, Garro never thought of abadoning him and despite all the resentment from his legion, Garro treated his housecarl with care and respect.
In this book we are constantly reminded of the brutalness during mankind's darkest hour. The loyalists on the Eisenstein could do nothing but watch while their closest friends perish before their eyes and brothers that once fought side-by-side now turn on each other. Garro is repeatedly tested throughout the book and the only thing salvation in his ordeal is his belief and faith in the Emperor.
What works particularly well for me are the interactions between people in this book. There is a great scene where Mortarion explains to Garro why worthy men must be awarded so others can have a goal to strive to. The relationships that Garro has with his housecarl, Kaleb and his other men are also touching.
It's also great to see the Primarchs getting more action in this book. Primarchs have always been referred as gods but Swallow brings a humanness to the Primarch of the Imperial Fists and excellently captures the conflicted feelings that went through Rogal Dorn as he learns of his brother's betrayal.
This is a solid entry to the Horus Heresy series with great action scenes and never a dull moment. A very satisfying read indeed.
This is a story about Bruenor's quest to find his homeland. The journey itself was ok, wasn't as exciting as I read it almost 10 years ago. I thoughtThis is a story about Bruenor's quest to find his homeland. The journey itself was ok, wasn't as exciting as I read it almost 10 years ago. I thought that Drizzt receives Twinkle in this book but must have remembered wrong. Fight with Shimmergloom the black dragon was good but shorter than I remember....more
A good introduction to how organisations can leverage KM and the roadmap to use to benefit themselves. The ideas in the book are sound, and there areA good introduction to how organisations can leverage KM and the roadmap to use to benefit themselves. The ideas in the book are sound, and there are plenty of case studies of how companies have implemented KM. I would like to see an updated edition of this book to reflect the current technological environment because Tiwana keeps referring to network connection and internet speed as a scarce resource. This might have been so back in 2002 but very different now.
I have the 13th printing of this book, dated Jan 2010 and I don't like the choice of the dark grey boxes that they use for case studies. The colour makes the text hard to read and hope they will change it to something more reader friendly in later editions or printings....more
A good introduction CoP with many real life examples to put things into perspective. Wenger lists some of the common problems faced by organisations wA good introduction CoP with many real life examples to put things into perspective. Wenger lists some of the common problems faced by organisations when trying to set up communities and what are some of the steps that community managers can take to get management support and to strengthen existing communities....more
This book is part of the course reading for my knowledge management course. It has a wealth of ideas on how to leverage systems thinking and use it toThis book is part of the course reading for my knowledge management course. It has a wealth of ideas on how to leverage systems thinking and use it to your advantage. For me, this was not an easy book to get through as there are so many theories presented and I needed time to digest them and think what they mean to me.
What I got out the most is to keep things simple when implementing a learning organisation. Have dialogues with your team to make sure they share the same vision and don't use over complicated terms that no one would understand....more
Overall a strong addition to any value investor's repertoire. The biographies of successful value investors and their method of investing are nice butOverall a strong addition to any value investor's repertoire. The biographies of successful value investors and their method of investing are nice but the real gem is the middle section on analyzing and valuing assets....more
The 2nd book in the Horus Heresy series and this book delves into the corruption of Horus and his legion. Here we see how Horus succumbs to the powerThe 2nd book in the Horus Heresy series and this book delves into the corruption of Horus and his legion. Here we see how Horus succumbs to the power of Chaos while the captains Loken and Torgaddon struggle with what is right and must decide if they wish to take a stand against their brothers. Although the remembrancers make less of a presence in this book compared to the previous, we get to see Euphrati Keeler involved in the beginnings of the Imperial Cult and Ignace Karkasy defending what is right.
It is interesting to note the religious undertones in this book and think whether humans really can survive without faith or a god. Do we all need something greater than us to protect us from the great unknown?...more
I've been reading a lot of SciFi and Fantasy lately and it's been a while since I've read any good thrillers so I decided to take a break with a CrimeI've been reading a lot of SciFi and Fantasy lately and it's been a while since I've read any good thrillers so I decided to take a break with a Crime Fiction novel. Punishment also known as What is Mine is the first book in a Norwegian series featuring former FBI profiler Johanne Vik. What started off as an exciting story about kidnapped children and a crazed killer, only to be let down by a series of disappointing events that are too convenient and coincidental.
Joanne Vik was brought into the case of missing children by Superintendent Adam Stubo because of her outspoken behaviour on television and her so called expertise. However in this book, Vik hardly uses her profiling skills, instead most of the book has her chasing after another story she is working on for her own academic studies or refusing to help with the investigation.
The book doesn't focus on the investigation either, as most of it happens behind the scenes. We just know that Stubo somehow stumbled on to the killer through his interviews with the victims' mothers and that he knew he found the killer because of his gut instinct as an experienced law enforcer. I thought crime novels would involve more police work or perhaps I'm just spoilt by the clear and precise investigations in Jeffery Deaver's books.
While the tension of the kidnappings was tight, it was broken by Vik's own research into a past case that has no bearing on the current investigation. The linkage between the two cases at the end of the book is so contrived that it should never have got past the editor. I would have bat my eyes to this if this was the only coincidence in the book but no, the killer has to convenient clash with another wanted man in another case. In the end the book is just a bunch of laughable dei ex machinis.
The two main characters, Vik and Stubo are the only redeeming factors in this book. They are fairly interesting and each has their own problems to take care of before they can begin a relationship together. However I wish Holt would have spent as much time on the killer to explain his actions rather than simply cast him as an outcast of society.
I guess I just expected too much from someone who is marketed as the next Stieg Larsson.