I enjoyed this book not just because I love the works of Jim Henson but also because it was well written. A lot of memoirs have certain inherent diffiI enjoyed this book not just because I love the works of Jim Henson but also because it was well written. A lot of memoirs have certain inherent difficulties, such as the trouble of a slow beginning, which I struggled with in this book. However, even information that seemed slow and unnecessary at the beginning was well integrated as the book progressed. So, there was a slow start, but the story picks up nicely. I also thought the author handled certain sensitive aspects of Jim Henson's life with respect, not shying away from the troubles of a rocky marriage and affairs but also not going into an inappropriate level of detail.
It was well balanced. I learned a lot of the details about Jim Henson's work while also finding out details of his personal life and his human foibles.
The author has something of an addiction to em dashes, but only copy editors would notice that.
I would have liked a bit more detail about more individual episodes of The Muppet Show, but I'm glad an entire paragraph was devoted to the episode with Harry Belafonte, a particular personal favorite.
Jim Henson is and always will be a personal inspiration, so I'm very glad to have learned more about him....more
Susan Baroncini-Moe claims that this book is for small business entrepreneurs. That’s where she’s wrong. I say this book is for small business entreprSusan Baroncini-Moe claims that this book is for small business entrepreneurs. That’s where she’s wrong. I say this book is for small business entrepreneurs AND anyone who is willing to work hard to chase a dream.
I’m not starting a business. What I am is a blogger and an indie author, someone with aspirations, and this book is relevant to my needs and what I want to accomplish. Very shortly after I dug into the first chapter, I had to put the book down and run to get a pencil and colored tabs so I could start marking pages and underlining sentences. Even before I finished reading, I had a chance to speak with a friend who is in the beginning stages of starting a web comic, and I couldn’t help but recommend this book to her.
The author writes in a companionable tone, and the text is divided into brief sections, and when you combine those two factors, you get easy, fast reading. What I usually expect from a business book is stuffy formality, but I got none of that here. Instead, what I got was straightforward information and practical examples, all packaged in conversational-style writing.
I’ve finished reading the book, but I’m nowhere near done with it. Next I get to explore the companion website, and I’m going to go back through the book and take the time to work on the homework assignments that appear throughout the text.
There must be something terribly wrong: I’m feeling excited about doing homework. What has Susan done to me?! But never mind that — I need to get to work.
Whether you’re looking into starting a small business or a chasing a dream that needs a lot of elbow grease and focus, this book will be of practical use to you. Trust me: I know a little about dream chasing....more
This book is for people who are new to dealing with media, and it has some great tips even for those who are more experienced?
Did you know there are sThis book is for people who are new to dealing with media, and it has some great tips even for those who are more experienced?
Did you know there are specific times of day when it’s ideal to try to contact people who work in the media industry? And that those times are very different for, say, people working in TV news versus print media? I didn’t. That’s just one of many examples of the useful facts I learned from this book. I also learned about exactly what materials should go into media kits for various purposes, depending on my needs, and even the right way to send a thank-you message to a television interviewer.
This book has several contributors. I thought at first that this situation might cause a problem with the content, because the information is coming from so many different sources. However, having multiple contributors, I think, made this into a coaching book. Here and there, some ideas are repeated, but the repetition comes from different perspectives with unique twists, which really helped solidify the reasoning behind the advice. I felt as if I were receiving coaching from reliable sources.
I do want to point out, however, that the book could use one last clean proofread. I found occasional minor typos, though nothing that impeded my comprehension. My other critique is structural: Right after the book’s Introduction is a section that introduces all of the contributors (and there are lots of them) with 1-2 page biographies. I didn’t feel it was the right place for those bios — it would be better to let the readers dive right into the good stuff. My suggestion would be to place those bios at the back of the book and have a brief section explaining the concept behind bringing so many contributors together and why these particular people were selected.
I suggest using this book as a reference. If you want to brush up and prepare for a radio interview, check out the relevant sections. If you’re working on your social media presence, turn to the “Social Butterflies” section. There’s an incredible amount of practical To-Do and Not-To-Do information packed into this book.
The final book in a trilogy, long awaited, and worth all the years I spent asking the questions that the author deliberately left me aching to know thThe final book in a trilogy, long awaited, and worth all the years I spent asking the questions that the author deliberately left me aching to know the answers to. ...more
Cannon Fodder is a gritty, compelling story, succeeding at being a heavy read and still very fast at the same time. Even though it’s prose, it’s a higCannon Fodder is a gritty, compelling story, succeeding at being a heavy read and still very fast at the same time. Even though it’s prose, it’s a highly visual story — the deeper I got into the story, the more strongly I could visualize it in my head as a graphic novel. I’d love to see it realized as a graphic novel some day.
The story follows new recruits Dylan, Karl, and Tyler as they begin their jobs as henchmen for Elkhart Global Dynamics. On the first day at the job, they’re given their numbers, 23, 17, and 12, respectively, and instructed not to use their real names. At orientation, they learn that “henching is a job with a long and rich history” and warned about an occupational hazard known as the “Hero” factor, which tends to shorten the lives of many henchman. The company is run by Damien Elkhart, who is determined to bring his version of Truth to the world.
The chapters are all short and very sharply defined, which adds to the fast pace of the story. I became very involved with Tyler’s storyline in particular as he progressed from a new recruit to a seasoned hencher. Throughout, the story is steeped in a sharp, wry humor.
On the more critical side of things, I would have liked to see Dylan’s individual storyline tied more firmly to the main action and through-line of the story. Though still interesting, his story seemed to diverge along a separate path. Also, I would have liked to see some stronger female characterization — although the main female characters (Sarah and Number 9) were plenty strong as individual people (which I always love to see in this genre), their motives and actions sometimes perplexed me.
Also, I’d be remiss not to mention that I had some grammatical quibbles. I sometimes stumbled over some sentences and punctuation choices, but to be honest, I’m pickier than the average person about such things.
Details and critiques aside, I truly enjoyed this book, and I’m personally recommending it to friends who are interested in this genre. Considering that “would definitely tell a friend” factor, I rounded up for the star system to give it 5 stars.
TL;DR: This book will be a delight for fans of graphic novels, those who enjoy satire, and people who like some hard grit in their stories.
(Full disclosure: I’m related to the author, but I can put my money where my review is — I bought the book from him.)...more