The E-Myth is a how-to/help guide for diagnosing the problems with small businesses and how to begin to solve them.
I was sent this by a business consThe E-Myth is a how-to/help guide for diagnosing the problems with small businesses and how to begin to solve them.
I was sent this by a business consultant who felt the IT company myself and my partner run is falling into the pitfalls described in this book - and in a way it is. However, I wouldn't say that reading the E-Myth was a eureka moment, which suddenly made me realise what we have to do in order to grow our business (because that is our issue, rather than simply running it).
It breaks down a lot of things which most people already know because they are common sense, but of course seeing it in a linear format is always useful. In other words it helps you to see the wood from the trees.
The book is massively over-written, repetitive and I have to say the tone was irritating. The notes I took managed to streamline the ideas and suggestions from the E-Myth into approximately 2000 words and the narrative of the author's meeting with Sarah was unnecessary and sometimes, dare I say it, nauseating.
Overall, this book is helpful and contains some good guidelines for getting a business into order and focusing the direction you are going in. However, I think it would be of most use for consumer based businesses, (hair-dressers, bakeries, hotels etc) as not all of the theories fit for business to business ventures and if you do decide to buy it, consider skim-reading to save yourself some time....more
Tally is now a Special - and not only that, she is a special Special; a member of the Cutters headed up by sometimes friend and often enemy Shay. TheyTally is now a Special - and not only that, she is a special Special; a member of the Cutters headed up by sometimes friend and often enemy Shay. They push the boundaries of being Icy and their ultimate goal is to find and bring down the New Smoke.
I found this book a real slog, which was surprising considering how much action there was in it - as well as the fact that the characters and the set up were all so familiar. It should have been an easy read but it wasn't - I had to restrain myself from skim-reading about a third of it.
In some ways I felt like I was just re-reading Uglies and Pretties over again because so much of the plot structure was repeated; Tally undergoes an operation; Tally goes on an adventure out in the wild; her and Shay argue, etc, etc. And speaking of Shay, her character is one of the most bizarre and irritating I've ever come across - over the course of the series I swear she must have changed personality at least six times.
It's not that I was looking for a happy ending and I think I can see where Westerfield was trying to go with this book but he just didn't dig into the complexities of the situations nearly enough. There was lots of potential and it felt like it was wasted. (view spoiler)[ Particularly with regard to Zane - killing him off seemed like a bit of a cop-out. Wouldn't it have been better for Tally to reprogramme herself because the Doctors couldn't fix his brain damage, forcing her to learn to love him as he was? (hide spoiler)] Overall, pretty disappointing.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Tally is now a Pretty but she is having trouble feeling as relaxed as all the other Pretties around her. She thinks that by joining the Crims, a speciTally is now a Pretty but she is having trouble feeling as relaxed as all the other Pretties around her. She thinks that by joining the Crims, a special clique of Pretties that her friends Shay and Peris belong to, she will start to feel better but at her initiation party she realises someone is following her. She knows them from her past but the details of what happened are very fuzzy and she can't decide whether the message they are bringing her is the truth or if she should just focus on things that are more important - like having parties and getting drunk.
Pretties moves along at a swifter pace than Uglies did from the outset and, in general, the prose managed to immerse me in the dystopian world a little more successfully. However, the Pretty vernacular of 'bubbly, totally, Tally-wa, Shay-la' etc started to really get on my nerves about a third of the way through. I don't doubt that was the point - to demonstrate what vapid, little airheads the Pretties are, but my word it was annoying and I was almost scared I would start talking like it!
The introduction of new character, Zane, as the Crim's leader was interesting but almost immediately made me groan when I realised yet another YA novel was setting up a love triangle for its heroine, thereby chipping away at her character and making her seem fickle and indecisive. Admittedly, Tally has more excuse than most in that she has sustained brain damage but surely there would have been enough romantic suspense simply between her and David given the reasons and circumstances around the way they parted at the end of Uglies?
I did not feel Tally experienced the same arc of character development as she did in Uglies and, though I felt the constraints of their society a little more keenly, I still wasn't convinced by the entire concept. (view spoiler)[ So, the brain lesions can be fixed by the Pretties themselves if they are determined enough and yet no one other than Tally has done this yet? Really? (hide spoiler)] There were a couple of interesting points made about world views and choosing partners etc but they didn't seem to flow with the story, more like asides the author was shoe-horning into the action to remind the reader than all of it was meant to have a deeper meaning and be thought-provoking etc.
Having just read all that back to myself I have to say that the three stars I have given is actually more like a 2.5 rating. It was an easy read and I will probably go on to read Specials but I don't feel the same way I felt when I finished Uglies, wanting to move onto Pretties to see what would happen next. I'm not sure I care as much. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
A strange read for me. At times I was hooked but not particularly enjoying it. The writing is kind of hypnotic but distanced - I liked the attention tA strange read for me. At times I was hooked but not particularly enjoying it. The writing is kind of hypnotic but distanced - I liked the attention to detail but missed a deeper connection with the characters. Towards the end it felt as though this style added up to a tremendous sense of numbness which the main character was adopting in order to not go completely crazy.
The dystopian society created was one of the most original and convincing I've read, from their gradual takeover to the small powers they grant in order to reinforce control and keep everyone in a state of paranoia. It's a disturbing vision for women but not one I can see happening.
Perhaps it would have felt more possible at the time the book was written and also maybe in the US where they still have issues with regard to abortion and a strong right wing Church. I'm not saying those opinions (or indeed sexism) do not exist in England anymore but I don't feel they have any tangible influence on my life. If anything it made me think more of some Islamic traditions and how those women are living a version of this. I realise I am extremely lucky and this book did hammer home the stifling injustice of a whole sex being treated as sub-human, whilst at the same time being falsely revered.
It also highlighted the gender stereotypes assigned to both men and women but I personally couldn't draw out 'the point'. Perhaps there isn't meant to be one apart from 'don't take your freedom for granted, it was hard won'. I'll probably go and read some other reviews about it now and find out what smarter people figured out it was trying to say....more
Rhine is snatched by a Gatherer and picked to be one of three brides to Linden Ashby, the arrangement supposedly to increas**spoiler alert** 2.5 Stars
Rhine is snatched by a Gatherer and picked to be one of three brides to Linden Ashby, the arrangement supposedly to increase offspring in a time when women can not live past 20 and men no older than 25.
I couldn't get to grips with the world this novel created. Not just because the idea of a finite age doesn't make biological sense but also the dynamics of the kind of world that allowed women to be snatched and sold, with the rejects killed in a time when there is obviously a shortage of women, weren't really explained. What has happened to the police to allow this to be permissible? Or was it against the law? I have no idea.
Possibly my lack of understanding about this society is because no real time is spent out in the 'real' world and the time that is showed nothing. The sheltering of Linden and his brides within the mansion was maybe supposed to feel claustrophobic and demonstrate their lack of freedom but they are often having such a good time it's hard to empathise. The girls are not beaten and are not forced to have sex - I'm not saying its okay to lock someone up as long as you don't physically hurt them but there was no real threat looming that made me desperate for Rhine to escape.
With regards to the characters, Rhine was inconsistent but not without some reason. Linden was pathetic and creepy but Vaughn was a very faceless villain. I understood why Rhine didn't tell him the truth about how she was snatched when she found out he was ignorant but I didn't get how Vaughn could assume the wives would say nothing in the first place. Her sister wives were distinctive and Cecily's whole storyline made me very uncomfortable even though it was set up that this was culturally acceptable.
What I did think worked well was the imagery, emphasising the lurid, synthetic quality to the world. I also liked the slow development of the bond between the sister wives. It was an easy read but I'm not dying to pick up the second in the series.