Let me start with what I liked about this book. The descriptions of the cities and people of China were so vivid I felt I was actually there and thatLet me start with what I liked about this book. The descriptions of the cities and people of China were so vivid I felt I was actually there and that I learned something about China. It's clear this author knows what it's like to live in China and interact with the locals. It reminded me of my own time living in Spain. This alone kept this book above one star.
It's unfortunate the plot and the protagonist were not as rich and well-developed as the scenery. In general, I had trouble emotionally investing in the character because I could not understand her motivations. She gets herself into quite a bit of trouble, but she doesn't do anything wrong until she starts lying to people. Why didn't she just tell the truth and step away? Maybe at least catch the next flight back to the states to be with her mom?
What's worse is the climax of the book doesn't feel like a climax, and the resolution doesn't really resolve anything. Are these people still looking for her and her friend that was harboring the Uighur? What about the state security thugs? This book sort of leaves things unresolved, but again, I had trouble buying into it in the first place. Not that great of a book....more
I am having a hard time thinking of how to review this book. It was entertaining and thought-provoking. It followed up on elements from previous EnderI am having a hard time thinking of how to review this book. It was entertaining and thought-provoking. It followed up on elements from previous Enders books, while also introducing new and interesting elements. It was well written and deep at times.
However, there is just something about this book that wasn't quite satisfying. Perhaps it was the unresolved issues they left at the end. Maybe it was the, at times, unbelievable characters on Path. Maybe it was how Novinha and her kids behaved throughout the whole book. I'm not really sure. I just know this wasn't as satisfying as either Ender's Game or Speaker for the Dead....more
Well, my expectations going in were pretty low, and I would say this book met those low expectations. I appreciated how the book was actually writtenWell, my expectations going in were pretty low, and I would say this book met those low expectations. I appreciated how the book was actually written by Mick Foley, which allowed him to show his personality through his writing style. However, there are many places where his thoughts could have been much more organized and streamlined. He would start talking about one particular event or topic then completely veer off on a tangent for several pages before circling back to where he began.
I bought this book when it came out ~1999 ish. I was really big into the WWF back then, and I was eating up anything with my favorite wrestlers. The problem was, I wasn't a recreational reader back then. I didn't even really read the books I needed to read for school. So this book sat on bookshelves and in boxes for about 15 years, moved among a half dozen different residences. I finally unearthed it one day while going through some storage containers. I decided the time was right to crack open this gem and see what was inside.
Generally speaking, I have a new appreciation for the Sports Entertainment industry. I always suspected it was fake-ish, but as Mick said, he has as many injuries or more than a traditional athlete that prove it's not entirely fake. I appreciated how much hard work Mick had to go through with all of the side gigs and all of the different tours before he really became a big name. I got a sense of what it takes to be a good wrestler, which is more than athletic ability and a spotlight. Some of the stunts and situations he found himself in were just downright insane. Who would willingly step into a ring wired with C4 explosives? It takes a special kind of crazy.
I was a little surprised by the ending. By that I mean he just stopped writing and published. I was hoping for more of a reflections or aspirations section putting everything into perspective. Perhaps he put that in his subsequent books. I don't know, but I probably won't read them....more
This book was interesting and entertaining. It was a quick read, and had some tips for effectively bringing your ideas out in the workplace and elsewhThis book was interesting and entertaining. It was a quick read, and had some tips for effectively bringing your ideas out in the workplace and elsewhere. The back of the book boiled the entire story down into practical suggestions for fostering your own creativity, and that of others.
However, I did not like the flow of this book. The author jumped from example to example and back again with little transition. He tried to let the points he was making drive the arrative, and illustrate with examples, but it seemed a bit disjointed. He has a wealth of research studies, personal interviews, and corporate anecdotes to enforce the message he tries to send, but he zooms through all of them so quickly it's hard to keep a bead on his main point.
I also feel he didn't adequately explore context and timing or salesmanship. Those concepts are almost equally vital to being a successful original as any personality traits he discusses. You could have the best original idea in the world, but if the atmosphere isn't right and you can't sell your idea, then it is doomed to fail. He does address some of this in one of his middle chapters, but I felt he should have made these concepts more prominent.
Overall, it's an interesting read but fell short in a few areas....more
This was a surprisingly enlightening book. I picked this up on a whim while perusing through the local library, and I am glad I did. This book is fillThis was a surprisingly enlightening book. I picked this up on a whim while perusing through the local library, and I am glad I did. This book is filled with anecdotes and stories of real people in China. This goes well beyond the official propaganda and the conspiracy theories and the rumors about what is going on in China. The author, an American journalist who has lived in and traveled throughout China, makes an effort to interview and build relationships with many different figures in Chinese society- from popular online personalities to political dissidents to fervent nationalists. He does a good job presenting the difficulties China is facing internally as it tries to redefine its own national identity.
Overall, this is a fascinating book and well worth the time....more
This is an entertaining book. It flows pretty quickly, and it is easy to follow the writer's logic. It's not one of his best books though. Some of hisThis is an entertaining book. It flows pretty quickly, and it is easy to follow the writer's logic. It's not one of his best books though. Some of his examples appear cherry-picked, and he doesn't thoroughly explore alternates to his hypotheses. Also, some of his conclusions can be fairly obvious (yes, the smaller more agile fighter can sometimes defeat giants with slow thinking).
Overall, this was a decent book. I recommend to anyone who is a fan of his other books....more
This was an entertaining book for what it was. It is essentially a series of short stories from George RR Martin set within his ASOIAF world. Some ofThis was an entertaining book for what it was. It is essentially a series of short stories from George RR Martin set within his ASOIAF world. Some of the names are familiar, but some are only touched upon elsewhere in his series. The stories themselves are not very complex or rich, athough one at least has quite a few new characters you must remember.
Overall, entertaining, but not outstanding. Worth a read while you are waiting for Winds of Winter...more
I didn't expect to like this book as much as I did. Sequels are usually not as good as the originals, but this isn't really a sequel per se. Think ofI didn't expect to like this book as much as I did. Sequels are usually not as good as the originals, but this isn't really a sequel per se. Think of Speaker for the Dead as a different type of novel set in the same universe as Ender's Game with some of the same characters.
What you have is a story of Ender Wiggin that shows a more remorseful and contemplative character than the child we saw in Ender's Game. He is left dealing with the consequences of his actions from the first book, and we get to see the effects of those events 3 millennia after.
Despite all those connections to the original, this book has a far different tone and writing style from the first. It helps if you read the author's note in the beginning. He explains that Speaker for the Dead actually started as its own story that Orson Scott Card kicked around and turned over and rewrote many times over the span of a few decades. It wasn't originally meant to have Ender Wiggin; in fact he started writing this when Ender's Game was just a short story. At some point, he decided it just fits with that universe, and it really does. I was pleasantly surprised by all of this.
On a side note, the ordering of the novels is a bit confusing. I see it is listed here as the third book, but I read it immediately after Ender's Game simply because the Ender's Quintet that I bought for the Kindle has this book ordered second. I'm not sure if that matters or not....more
I'm really not sure what to say about this book. It was entertaining enough to keep me wanting to read more. In fact, goodreads tells me it was only aI'm really not sure what to say about this book. It was entertaining enough to keep me wanting to read more. In fact, goodreads tells me it was only about 2 weeks start to finish, which for me is fast. However, I can't really say I enjoyed it. The plot was interesting and the story kept moving quickly without too much down time, but there just was something missing. I can't quite put my finger on it. I think 3 stars is fair. I probably won't end up reading the rest of the series though....more
This was a fun little read (only ~280 pages). I was familiar with Felicia through her roles in Eureka, Dr Horrible's blog, and other cult favorites. IThis was a fun little read (only ~280 pages). I was familiar with Felicia through her roles in Eureka, Dr Horrible's blog, and other cult favorites. I am ashamed that I had never heard of The Guild or her other projects, but I am glad I finally found them. They are original and hilarious.
My favorite part about this book is how relatable she makes herself. She talks about embarrassing incidents throughout her life and shows how they helped define her personality. I think we all have those awkward moments, and just assume famous people have their stuff together. Felicia Day seems like someone who would be fun to hang out with, playing video games of course.
This is a quick read and very engaging. I would recommend this to anyone....more
Every once in a while you find a book that completely captures your interest and prohibits you from putting it down. This was one of these books for mEvery once in a while you find a book that completely captures your interest and prohibits you from putting it down. This was one of these books for me. The mix of 80s references, video gamer culture, and a dystopian future really grabbed me.
I am about 5-10 years too young to get many of these gamer reference (I was more of the NES generation than the Atari), but I loved all the movie references and appreciated/understood the gamer ones. Although, I can understand how those who lived through this culture may feel the nostalgia is a little exaggerated. For me, it was perfect.
I hear they are turning this into a movie, but I'm not that exited about that. I think the book is grea on its own, and I can't wait for the sequel....more
Zachary Taylor was a fantastic leader of men and military strategist. he had an attitude of being one with his soldiers instead of on a pedestal. he kZachary Taylor was a fantastic leader of men and military strategist. he had an attitude of being one with his soldiers instead of on a pedestal. he knew how to take care of his people, and shunned formalities in all forms. his presidency was an odd one, in part for its short length, but mostly because he was no politician. he was closer to the American people than many who held that office, but he did not play the Washington game very well. at least, he seemed to have a distaste for it. that is probably what attracts me to him as a leader, as it must have attracted people in his time.
I first became interested in Taylor while reading U S grant's autobiography. grant served under Taylor in the Mexican American war, and grants account of him inspired me to learn more about his leadership style. it is unfortunate history does not remember much about Taylor, but what we do know about him painted him as a simple, honest, loyal man in whom others could trust. I kinda wish we had someone like that on the ballot today...more