Paul Sloane

"Author of The Innovative Leader and Lateral Thinking Puzzlers"
Author and speaker on innovation and lateral thinking.
Helpful votes received on reviews: 78% (281 of 360)
Location: Camberley, England
In My Own Words:
I am the author of 17 books including The Leader's Guide to Lateral Thinking Skills and The Innovative Leader published by Kogan Page. I have also collaborated with Des MacHale to produce a series of Lateral Thinking Puzzle books published by Sterling Publishing. As an an evangelist for lateral thinking, I help organisations think differently and improve innovation. I speak, write, give courses… Read more

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Top Reviewer Ranking: 10,901 - Total Helpful Votes: 281 of 360
A Burnt Out Case (Vintage Classics) by Graham Greene
Graham Greene was a great writer and here he displays a masterly command of language. The key character, Querry, is tortured, enigmatic and initially intriguing. But the story itself flows much slower than the Congo river. The book is consumed with tedious dialogues about the nature of faith or its loss. I found that the book contained too much of Greene's philosophical hang-ups about Christianity, sex and love. One of its main themes is that success is somehow like leprosy - which does not make much sense. The story eventually develops some interesting action but it is a long turgid journey to get there.
What a Carve Up! by Jonathan Coe
What a Carve Up! by Jonathan Coe
Jonathan Coe is a very gifted writer. He has a marvelous command of language. This is a very ambitious work which is in parts a thriller, a mystery, a comedy, a romance and a political polemic. In places it is very funny. The plotting and story-telling are clever with many twists and unexpected connections. But I found the book as a whole unconvincing and heavy going. The Winshaw family form a parade of similar two-dimensional greedy villains. It is hard to find anyone likeable in the book. The commentary on Thatcherite Britain is simplistic and one-sided. The final scenes are ridiculous melodrama. For me the individual brilliant parts did not add up to an engaging story.
Stoner: A Novel (Vintage Classics) by John Williams
4.0 out of 5 stars A Dour Tale of a Stoic, 14 Jan 2014
This novel is highly regarded by many and seen as a modern American classic. It is certainly beautifully written with wonderful prose and it has an old-fashioned feel to the narrative. It is a biography of a stoical man, William Stoner. He is a farmer's son who becomes a professor of English and he endures many sufferings in his life. The book, like the hero, is dour and intellectual. It contains no humour and little irony. At times Stoner is annoying - particularly in his acceptance of the injustices handed to him. The story is gripping in its own sad way. It is unusual and well worth reading but you may find that it does not live up to the high expectations that surround it.