The Art of War by Sun Tzu

The Art of WarThe Art of War by Sun Tzu

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Right away I can tell why this book is a classic. While it is specifically focused on war and war tactics, a lot of it (I would even say all of it) can be applied to anyone in a leadership position, or anyone in business.

Let’s back up a bit. This is an old book, like written originally in the B.C. era where not a lot of factual data can be found simply because it doesn’t exist or has decay to a point where it isn’t trustworthy. This book has existed in one form or another since then, and many other writers or authorities have added their comments to each new edition. Basically, there is some good information here, despite it being ancient.

Ok so it’s old, but it’s about war, right? Well, it’s about strategy, organizing your soldiers, keeping their loyalty, what to do in certain situations, knowing your enemy, and many other tips on how to win battles and the war. It’s about being a good general, or in more “general” terms: being a leader.

If you’re going into business, getting a promotion, or even just want something classical and quick to read, this is a brilliant book. I’ve got the Barnes & Noble version, and it is a very nice little book to carry around.

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Asgard Stories by Mary H. Foster

Asgard Stories: Tales from Norse MythologyAsgard Stories: Tales from Norse Mythology by Mary H. Foster

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

First off, the author specifically states that this ebook was formatted to introduce young children to Norse Mythology. It was developed by teachers for teachers and others wanting to teach their kids about mythology from our northern ancestors.

As such, it is very much a beginner’s guide to Norse Mythology. It gives all the more famous stories, most notoriously the ones leading up to Ragnarok and the one with Thor in a dress. Having said that, a lot of the details are missing – there are a lot of duels during Ragnarok which the book glossed over. Mythology is also notorious for violence, killing, raping, and torture, which the book also glosses over.

If you want to get into Norse Mythology this might be a good place to start, but you will need find other resources for more in depth research.

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Everlasting by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss

EverlastingEverlasting by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It has been awhile since I even touched a romance novel, but I couldn’t resist. Kathleen E. Woodiwiss quickly became one of my favorite romance authors years ago when I was in my romance phase. I’m still drawn to her books and after reading this one have considered going back and rereading some others.

Woodiwiss redefined the historical romance genre, and every single book of hers I’ve read has become and instant favorite. This one is no different, and I ate it up very quickly. It’s hard to put down any of her books. I will say that for awhile I thought a couple details were glossed over or forgotten but the author picked them back up later, to which I was relieved. I hate when details are mentioned and then never referred to again.

In the end, the guys get the girls, some of them are pregnant, and everybody lives happily ever after. Such is the bumpy road of romance novels.

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The Buddhist Catechism by Henry S. Olcott

The Buddhist CatechismThe Buddhist Catechism by Henry Steel Olcott
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

As someone who has only briefly brushed the topic of Buddhism (Karma & Reincarnation) this little ebook answered a lot of questions and fleshed out some the things I only knew a little about.

Presented in question and answer style with several introductions included and an appendix this is a handy little book for those of us wanted to know more about Buddhism. I found it informative, but I believe this is made for more of an introduction or primer to Buddhism as there are several aspects that could have been delved into further.

If you are like me and want to know more about Buddhism, for curiosity’s sake or maybe you’re looking at it as a new religion, this would be a good place to start.

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Bullfinch’s Mythology by Thomas Bullfinch

Bulfinch's Mythology: The Age of Fable / The Legends of Charlemagne / The Age of Chivalry (Laurel Classic)Bulfinch’s Mythology: The Age of Fable / The Legends of Charlemagne / The Age of Chivalry by Thomas Bulfinch

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book is a very good introduction into mythology. I’ve had a long interest in mythology, Greek particularly, which had led me to already know many of the stories contained in this novel. I will admit that some of the myths were told in a new way to me, which made them new to me.

I’ve not had much experience with Norse mythology or the legends of Charlemagne, so both of those were quite fun to read as they were new to me. I’ve read the free little Amazon ebook on King Arthur and his Knights, so many of those myths were familiar, but I enjoyed rereading them again anyway.

However, I wasn’t impressed by the lengthy discussions on The Illiad, The Odyssey, Beowulf, and other epic poems. Granted, they are important pieces of mythology, but I feel that they should be studied on their own, not in collection with other mythological stories.

Overall, it’s a good introduction into mythology, and a good resource.

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Dollar Tree Book Reviews – Part One

I’ve bought quite a few books from the Dollar Tree in my time here on this blog, and I think the time has come to do a collective review on some of them. So, without further ado here is a video of my talking about some books from the Dollar Tree!

 

The books I cover in this video are:

 

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The Prisoner of Heaven by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

The Prisoner of Heaven (The Cemetery of Forgotten Books, #3)The Prisoner of Heaven by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I would have given this four stars, but there there were some plot inconsistencies that confused me. For one, it was never explained how the main character knew where the Cemetery of Forgotten Books was. It was supposed to be this big secret, and then all of a sudden there they are. Other plot points were either shoved aside as unimportant later on in the book.

Don’t get me wrong, it was a good story, but it got my hopes up at seeing some of the events concluded and then they suddenly weren’t important enough to follow through with. Now, I have to admit that this is a book in a series, and that some of these events may either be explained in previous/later books, but as a stand alone book, it doesn’t really resolve much.

In short, it’s a good story, I just wish it would have resolved more plot points.

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