Sunday, June 04, 2017

Review: 101 Places Not to See Before You Die

101 Places Not to See Before You Die 101 Places Not to See Before You Die by Catherine Price
My rating: 0 of 5 stars

Like many books of its genre, "101 Places Not to See Before You Die" reads like the equivalent of an online clickbait. Sure, there are plenty of interesting stuff (for instance, Hell has a wedding chapel, and the residents of Fucking, Austria, voted against changing the town's name), but you also get the occasional fillers thrown in for good measure.

In the end, the book is best summed up by the quote in the introduction: "Travel should be an adventure, not an assignment, and if you spend your vacation armed with too many checklists, you're missing the point of leaving home."

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Review: The Art of Profitability

The Art of Profitability The Art of Profitability by Adrian J. Slywotzky
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

"The Art of Profitability" uses the same novel approach as "The Guy Who Fired His Boss" & "Lost and Found", two books which I read earlier, except that the delivery style is reminiscent of Gu Long, the late Taiwanese Wuxia novelist, who had a habit of not explaining everything explicitly in his novels.

This is good in the sense that it leaves you to ponder over the concepts and draw (quite literally) your own conclusions. On the flip side, sometimes there is too much backstory going on for its own good, which leaves you hanging, especially if you are lazy to think through things.

At the end of each chapter is usually an interesting reading assignment, which turns out to be a subtle promotion of some of the author's other works.

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Friday, May 05, 2017

Review: Unmistakable: Why Only Is Better Than Best

Unmistakable: Why Only Is Better Than Best Unmistakable: Why Only Is Better Than Best by Srinivas Rao
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This book is preachy and repetitive, so much so that you will feel like you're reading the same chapter over and over.

The more I read books of this nature, the more convinced I am that acclaimed authors such as Seth Godin, Hugh MacLeod, et al., operate within the realm of a links-exchange orgy - I mention you in my book, and you mention me in yours. Eventually they become enclosed in an echo chamber and their reputation precedes themselves.

Take for example a glaring contradiction on the piece about Seth Godin. The author states that one of the reasons that Seth has intentionally chosen not to have comments on his blog is because "hearing negative feedback from anonymous people who I have no connection with will cause me to do nothing but hide."

Yet, in the conclusion of the piece, Seth defines unmistakable this way: "The path to become unmistakable is the willingness to be wrong, to be criticized, and most of all to matter."

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Sunday, April 16, 2017

Review: The Politically Incorrect Parenting Book: 10 No-Nonsense Rules to Stay Sane and Raise Happy Kids

The Politically Incorrect Parenting Book: 10 No-Nonsense Rules to Stay Sane and Raise Happy Kids The Politically Incorrect Parenting Book: 10 No-Nonsense Rules to Stay Sane and Raise Happy Kids by Nigel Latta
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Unlike other no-nonsense parenting books, this one actually got me off my butt to work on stuff that I haven't been doing right. The case studies have an easy-to-follow structure, and the solutions do not need a PhD to comprehend.

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Friday, April 14, 2017

Review: The Freaks Shall Inherit the Earth: Entrepreneurship for Weirdos, Misfits, and World Dominators

The Freaks Shall Inherit the Earth: Entrepreneurship for Weirdos, Misfits, and World Dominators The Freaks Shall Inherit the Earth: Entrepreneurship for Weirdos, Misfits, and World Dominators by Chris Brogan
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This is one of those New-Age hippie-dippie non-conformist literature that tries to inspire but falls flat in many places due to its over-simplistic and flippant one-size-fits-all recommendations. Some parts of the book also read like a shameless plug for Evernote.

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