This is not the kind of book you can pick up and put down and still keep enjoying. The BBC have made a 3 part drama of this book to be played over thiThis is not the kind of book you can pick up and put down and still keep enjoying. The BBC have made a 3 part drama of this book to be played over this Christmas so I thought it was about time I actually read the book. I started this the night before our wedding and what with Christmas it has taken me a little over a week to read - reading the last hundred pages pretty much all in one go because I couldn't put it down. There is a lot to this story and for the first week of reading I was reading perhaps 30 pages a night which was simply not enough to progress through the story and enjoy the twists and turns of the plot. My recommendation - find a couple of quiet days where you can sit and read this and you will perhaps enjoy it more. There is a somewhat tenuous link to the original pride and prejudice which is thrown in in the epilogue almost for good measure but this is a story in its own right - using Austen's well loved characters. It is well written and pacey where needed although the more cynical of us may find that the story is a little fair fetched for reality......more
This book has taken me a long time to get through. Its an intricate storyline which has made it a heavy read with all the hours I've been keeping andThis book has taken me a long time to get through. Its an intricate storyline which has made it a heavy read with all the hours I've been keeping and the studying I am having to do at the moment.
Set in Elizabethan times, this centres on religion and heretics. I understand this is a series of books so I will be interested to know where this book is going to go next. This book is a crime/ mystery/ historical fiction which is new for me as a lover of historical fiction. Bruno, the main character in this book, gets caught up in more than he has bargained for when he travels to Oxford for a debate under orders from Walshingham to look into things there. There is minimal female involvement in this story, with only a couple of female characters, Sophia being the primary one. This book highlights the secrets that must have been kept during the period that, whilst having a tolerant queen, had councillors who followed their own rules when it came to persecution.
With its intricate plot, Parris weaves a complex story that is not to be read lightly. This is not a pick up and put down book. It is an enjoyable read, but it needs dedicated time to be able to follow what is going on and not be lost. For me, this would be a holiday read where I have a couple of days to dedicate to the story, not a pick up and put down when I am tired from a hard day at work....more
I quite enjoyed this book until I got to around 100 pages from the end where I already knew how it was going to end. I have enjoyed the cousins war seI quite enjoyed this book until I got to around 100 pages from the end where I already knew how it was going to end. I have enjoyed the cousins war series so far as the same story is told from multiple viewpoints highlighting the mass of agendas at play during the cousins war and showing that your friends may not actually be your friends and just because you hold the done doesn't mean it can't be taken away from you. I'm looking forward to reading the white princess later this year as the story takes a different turn into the younger generation as by the time I got to the end of the kingmakers daughter I was feeling that the story was perhaps just a little repetitive...more
This book was brilliant. I picked it up in the uk kindle sale over Christmas because I had an amazon voucher and it was 99p. I was drawn to it by theThis book was brilliant. I picked it up in the uk kindle sale over Christmas because I had an amazon voucher and it was 99p. I was drawn to it by the cool looking cover, but I didn't really know what the story was going to be about. I've since learned that this is a whole series of books and it will take some will power not to go and buy the next book in the series now.
Skullduggery pleasant is probably one of the coolest names for a character I've come across and this character really makes the book. It's a cleverly layered story with the primary plot centring on Stephanie but there are other levels to the story and a number of different agendas within this. It's the kind of book that you can read as much into as you want or you can stick to the basic plot which is still a fantastic story.
As children's / young adult books go this is probably one of the best I've read since the hunger games trilogy. Whilst it is a fantasy there's something that makes the book feel like its real which can only be down to the skill of the author. At 400 pages it's a quick and easy read and the language is simple enough to grip you all the way through the story and leave you wanting more at the end. The book has also been cleverly written in a way that makes a sequel an obvious choice. What's to come next is dangled in front of you by a thread with no spoilers of what's to come and from the way this book was I expect it will be unpredictable and full of twists and turns.
This is the book for my second, and exam based, CIPD module. Like with the previous book, I am sure we will be required to read all the chapters, thanThis is the book for my second, and exam based, CIPD module. Like with the previous book, I am sure we will be required to read all the chapters, thankfully this one is only around 300 pages as opposed to the 600 of the other one.
Chapter 1 - this was the introduction to the book, with a couple of case studies and an outline on how the book with progress in terms of structure. I found the case studies and the questions a bit of a challenge to get through, I'm not sure why, or whether I'm just reading too much into it, but the questions seemed quite hard. I think I need to go back and recap the case studies when I make my notes for this chapter so I can try to understand this a bit better.
Chapter 2 - I'm starting to come to the conclusion that these CIPD books are nothing if not super wordy. In an attempt to get ahead on the material before the study day so I at least have an idea of what is going on, I've started to read the material for the first unit (there is a lot of reading for this one - unfortunately it's the exam course). Rather than starting with the study pack I've taken the textbook and am tucked up under my duvet because it's well below freezing and my flat I'd still cold even with the heating on full and have started to read. It wasn't until I got to the bit about ulrichs model that I started to understand what this was on about. It's a very wordy chapter with lots of food for thought that I don't really understand yet. Hopefully it will become clearer as I progress...
Chapter 3 - I'm struggling my way through this book and it doesn't seem to get any easier, the material makes sense in isolation and perhaps I getting hung up on not understanding how it fits together and I'll be able to translate into exam material. Not helped that my concentration is interrupted every 5 minutes by Xbox gamers sat in my flat!
Chapter 4 - finally a chapter that I have come some way to understanding. This chapter focuses on ethics which is something I did as part of my a level studies. This chapter goes less around the houses than its predecessors have done and actually makes sense. These ate the different views, these are the challenges, and these are some of the things that can be done to help. Rayner and Christy have done a good job with this chapter and have given me some hope that maybe im not that thick and I might actually be able to get through this course and scrape a pass...
Chapter 5 - essentially simple models of leadership complicated by lots of blurb around research, which whilst important, has been dropped into this chapter to make a point about how important current study in these fields are. It doesn't feel like that adds anything to it, just blurring the borders of the different theories and the principles addressed.
Chapter 6 - yet another chapter I struggled through. I understand the principles of change but there was so much material in this chapter it was difficult to know where one point stopped and another begun. I think when I come to make notes from this i'll be able to break this out and make sense of it, but reading it as continuous passages trying to understand what was going on was a significant challenge.
Chapter 7 - this chapter scratches the surface of the interesting employment relationship and psychological contract. I'm glad this isn't one I have to focus on writing an essay about as it is very complex, but its quite a interesting topic area and certainly something to examine further in the future
Chapter 8 - organisational and job design is a tricky concept to get your head around and this book has lots of theories in that I'm struggling to understand. But it is an interesting topic area.
Chapter 9 - we're back on familiar ground with this unit as its all focused on recruitment and selection, unfortunately not a question in the exam. Luckily I'm practised in most of this and this has given me the theory that sits behind it.
Chapter 10 - Developing employees. An interesting subject area with a number of models that, once I get my head around, I will be ok with understanding. A little more straightforward than some of the other chapters, perhaps because it is an area I can relate to.
Chapter 11 - Managing the employment relationship is a topic that I am quite interested in, perhaps because of the diversity aspect and I currently work in the wider talent and diversity team. This is the topic area we've been told to steer clear of for the exam because there's not much literature around it. This chapter was very engaging and I found that I was quite interested in the material that was there.
Chapter 12 - performance management, reward and motivation is the key area for the exam and despite the fact that I wrote my first degree dissertation on this, there appears to be new information for me to learn and a lot I've forgotten. Again another rather complicated chapter that has given me quite a thick head.
Chapter 13 - the closing chapter of this book recaps the rest of it. I think this may help guide my thinking for the case study exercise there is as part of the exam which focuses on the future trends of HR.
Finally finished the read through of the book this time, but my challenges with the material are far from over and I will be coming back to this book over and over again between now and the exam in may....more