I cracked open this book expecting a standard, high-level popular survey of investing, but found myself learning quite a few things, most notably a fo...moreI cracked open this book expecting a standard, high-level popular survey of investing, but found myself learning quite a few things, most notably a focused view of investing from a value perspective. When I was done with it, I handed it right over to my investing-uneducated fiance as a must-read.
Browne is overly inclined to name-drop and give anecdotal examples, but it does make the book more approachable. It helps compensate for the deliberately old-fashioned cover and type-face.
Even though I'm a solid mutual-fund/ETF person myself, seeing his approach to picking stocks—numbers and formulas included—has given me a better metric by which to judge fund managers. Being inexperienced myself, I'd been investing almost wholly in growth funds for the high returns, but Browne did a great job of demonstrating some of the cons.
I'll admit that my favorite part of the book is where he describes how to handle shifting invested assets when you're retired or living off of savings. That's something I don't see a lot of in intro books.
All in all, it's a good, quick read that I'd recommend to folks relatively new to investing.(less)
I can truthfully say I was floored by this book. I've read it twice in the last week. In retrospect, this was precisely the conclusion I wanted for th...moreI can truthfully say I was floored by this book. I've read it twice in the last week. In retrospect, this was precisely the conclusion I wanted for this series. Moning pulled off excellent character development without devolving (too much) into handwringing or the sappy remake-the-hero that books with romance can become. Mac stays Mac, Barrons stays Barrons, and the ending is true to them both.
(view spoiler)[ I also love that Moning didn't leave us with a tidy world. She didn't fix everything, she didn't even suggest that things are broken at the end of the book--the world is different, and people will make of it what they can. I appreciate that.
Yes, in part because it opens doors for more books in the world. (hide spoiler)]
My next move is to reread the entire series cover to cover to see if all the pieces fit. There were a few things that felt retconned, but I'm not sure.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
It's been a while since I read the Dark Tower novels, but I was immensely impressed with the style and narrative of the first Dark Tower graphic novel...moreIt's been a while since I read the Dark Tower novels, but I was immensely impressed with the style and narrative of the first Dark Tower graphic novel. I don't read much in the way of graphic novels, but I'm familiar with some of Peter David's novels--yes, including the Star Trek ones--and figured the story couldn't be too bad if he was involved in the adaptation of the series.
If the comic deviated mildly from the series in feel or details, I probably didn't notice. I did definitely appreciate the faster and more consistent pacing over the novels. I wish the novels had been written with similar pacing.
The art hooked me first as I flipped through the book in the library. Lots of dark colors, lots of dramatic posing, and lots of glinty eyes. A bit over the top, but hell, it's a comic. If it'd been more drab it'd have been too true to the novels. It was all gorgeous and gory and fitting with my imaginings of young Roland. The art also stayed marvelously consistent throughout this book--omnibuses are jarring when different artists were pulled in for individual issues.
The narration was the next big thing to hold my attention. Also a little over the top with the dialect, but it was more cute than annoying, and managed to not be confusing.
I enjoyed the presence of Alain and Cuthbert (who I barely remembered from the books), but the women other than Rhea were disappointing. Roland's mother was a static Gothic figure, nothing more than a stricken-looking pawn between Roland and Marten. Susan... I hate to even get started on her. Her one flash of personality came when she threatened Roland with a knife, after which she went right back to being a whiny, powerless character. I can only hope she grows more personality as the series continues.
And yeah, I'm definitely getting my hands on the other collections in the series. (less)