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User Story Mapping: Discover the Whole Story, Build the Right Product
User Story Mapping: Discover the Whole Story, Build the Right Product
Price: £13.29

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars It is very frustrating that a basically good idea has been bloated and extended into an over-long ..., 23 Nov. 2015
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It is very frustrating that a basically good idea has been bloated and extended into an over-long book. The overall idea is useful and quickly explained. However, more in depth questions are dodged (e.g. what about concurrent Stories) and the authors experiences aren't really shared. The maps in the book are mostly not real world. The style is also gratingly jaunty and lightweight e.g. "If you like cake, by now you might be getting hungry - especially if the cake you're imagining is a particularly tasty one. Sorry about that". Not recommended as the web has similar resources for free and put more succinctly
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The Personal MBA: A World-Class Business Education in a Single Volume
The Personal MBA: A World-Class Business Education in a Single Volume
by Josh Kaufman
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.79

12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars What is the fuss about?, 24 Jan. 2013
The premise of this book is that MBA courses are a waste of money and that just by reading this book you'll get all the basics that you will need.

Well, it's simply not true.

A modern MBA probably includes detailed studies of Drucker, Deming, Porter, Kotter, Ohno etc etc

What you get here is an American-style book with huge simplifications and a lot of popular psychology replacing rigourous analysis. It's not only dumbed-down, it doesn't even touch on large fields of management study.

The author appears to have had a job at Proctor and Gamble he didn't do too well at and has turned to journalism.

He picks up concepts, only to over-simplify and drop them again. For example, he dismisses government's setting interest rates in a throwaway sentence, thereby dismissing Keynsianism before ever bothering to discuss it.
He also starts each (short) section with a quote from someone famous, as if this lends intelectual weight to the section, which also annoyed me. The book reads like a self-help blog.

The idea that this replaces an MBA is laughable.


The Demolished Man (S.F. MASTERWORKS)
The Demolished Man (S.F. MASTERWORKS)
by Alfred Bester
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

0 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Dated and overrated, 9 Jan. 2013
This book is dated in terms of its vision of the future (which is quite quaint), its view of women (who are mostly sexually available, beautiful and subject to violence) and it's use of 50s pyschology. The book's core plot is dependent on the reader believing in crude Freudian motivations which did not convince me.
Add to this the fact the book has plot holes (who is held to justice for the second murder?), co-incidences and a dissapointing ending and you have a pretty second rate read. It annoyed me that I read this book to the end.


Pereira Maintains
Pereira Maintains
by Antonio Tabucchi
Edition: Paperback

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great translation of a great novel, 9 Nov. 2011
This review is from: Pereira Maintains (Paperback)
This short novel accomplishes so much it's quite hard to see how Tabucchi does it. Subtly observed and impeccably paced, this is a minor classic.


The Sisters Brothers
The Sisters Brothers
by Patrick deWitt
Edition: Paperback

9 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Didn't get it, 9 Nov. 2011
This review is from: The Sisters Brothers (Paperback)
This is a rather knowingly written story about two hit-men brothers narrated by the slightly more complex one who vaguely senses that their life is somehow lacking. The two carry out various sadistic acts (not sure if some of these are supposed to be "funny") caused by anger, job-routine and a vague sense of family duty. There is little humanity on show, the needy are derided and the body count is high. There are several historical inaccuracies (not really the point of this kind of novel), a few unlikely plot turns but even though the writing is taught, I found the end section unsatifactory.

The best that can be said for this is that the novel may be an exploration of how nostalgia and sentimentality can be the flip side (or refuge) of the violent.
Having said that, this novel doesn't do much that films like Peckinpah's "The Wild Bunch" didn't do a lot better
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Ice (Peter Owen Modern Classic)
Ice (Peter Owen Modern Classic)
by Anna Kavan
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

0 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not quite...., 14 April 2010
Despite some brilliant writing, the hallucinatory episodes, wafer thin characterisation (even after admitting that this is part of the 'point'), and quite ridiculous 'plot' make this novel influential rather than good. The militarised society parts seem anachronistic and if this had been written by a man, would be unread as mindlessly sexist.


A Question Of Upbringing (Dance to the Music of Time 01)
A Question Of Upbringing (Dance to the Music of Time 01)
by Anthony Powell
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.68

9 of 33 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The most overrated series of novels ever?, 26 Sept. 2007
Young fogey Jenkins (the worlds most aged teenager) narrates his uneventful life in Eton and Oxford. Devoid of much emotional or intellectual life, shielded from history (though not class prejuduce), he manages a few witty character observations before a boring holiday in France and a flat ending. How anyone makes it to book 2 (let alone book 12) is beyond me.
Comparisons with Joyce and Proust are excruciatingly wide of the mark. Waugh is a genius in comparison with this minor effort (this books "literary" merit seems miniscule to me). Powell has a witty eye and captures some speech well, but the book is flabby, dated and poorly structured.


Freedom and Its Betrayal: Six Enemies of Human Liberty
Freedom and Its Betrayal: Six Enemies of Human Liberty
by Isaiah Berlin
Edition: Hardcover

9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Effortless Insight, 21 Sept. 2003
The book contains six essays orignally given as radio lectures, and the direct and straightforward way difficult ideas on philosophy are communicated shines through the beautifully flowing prose. The writing is elegant, immediate and almost casually deep. An excellent introduction to philosophy around the Enlightenment, and a wonderful display of a lively mind at work.


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