5 Mini Book Reviews

February 6, 2019

Happy Monday. Hope this week is good to you and you fulfill all your goals. Today I have a few reviews of books I read in December but couldn’t review them at that time. I have two books I completed this month. Which makes it my third book for the year, I hope that this month would be a good reading month and I would get out of my reading slump but I am not planning to force things. Anyways, lets get to the reviews.

Pig Wrestling By Pete Lindsay and Dr Mark Bawden

Book Details

Title: Pig Wrestling: The Blrilliantly Simple Way to Solve Any Problem And Create the Change you Need || Authors: Pete Lindsay and Dr Mark Bawden ||Publisher: || Genre: Self-help book || Publicist: Anje Niemandt || Published: January 2019 || Pages: 140

Summary

Pig Wrestling is a simple fable with a powerful message. 
Whenever we find ourselves wrestling with a sticky situation, we need to stop struggling and instead take the time to clean our thinking.

What I thought whilst reading?

This small book is packed with a lot information. It allows to see how you or people tackle problems and how sometimes we tackle wrong problems. It allows you to learn different ways to look at a problem and how you can go about finding a solution to that challenge. Its not a straight way to finding a solution, but the authors allow you to go through different scenarios to understand how you can apply that aspect to your problem. And these scenarios are depicted in manner that you can visualize them and it helped that they included a few drawings to bring the words to life. This book is amazingly written and it also has summaries at the end of each chapter. I adored the fact that it just went straight to the point throughout the book. Pig wrestling is not specifically for solving business/work problems but it can be applied to personal problems. Thus I’d highly recommend this book to everyone, it would be an investment you make for yourself this year. Its that book, you’d go back and reread over and over again.

Rating

Fantastic Beasts: the Crimes of Grindlewald: Movie Magic by Jody Revenson

Book Details

Title: Fantastic Beasts: the Crimes of Grindlewald: Movie Magic || Author: Jody Revenson || Publicist: Lorienne Brown || Publisher: Puffin || Distributor: Penguin SA || Pages: 95 || Published: December 2018

Summary

A new installment in the Movie Magic series, this book takes young readers behind the scenes of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.

The eagerly awaited sequel to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will transport fans once again to the wizarding world. Written by J.K. Rowling and directed by David Yates, the film follows the adventures of Magizoologist Newt Scamander, played by Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne. 

Packed with captivating facts and incredible images from the making of the film, this book features kid-friendly behind-the-scenes looks at the characters, magical locations, beasts, and artifacts seen on-screen. This interactive volume will also come filled with bonus inserts–from maps and posters reproducing props from the film to lift-the-flaps and stickers.

My Thoughts

I don’t know how to review this one as I don’t want to spoil anything at all. But its AMAZING that it. Anything with images is always amazing for me lol. The story is told through images which is awesome and the photography did an amazing job. Its easier to visual understand the story being told.

Rating

The Fox by Frederick Forsyth

 

Book Details

Title: The Fox || Author: Frederick Forsyth || Publisher: Random House UK || Published: 16 October 2018 || Publicist: Lauren Mc Diarmid || Pages: 307 || Genre: Fiction, Thriller, Suspense

Summary

‘Forsyth deserves his place among the thriller greats.’ The Times

‘The master of the modern espionage novel returns . . . this is Forsyth at his spellbinding best.’ Daily Mail

Most weapons do what you tell them. Most weapons you can control.

But what if the most dangerous weapon in the world isn’t a smart missile or a stealth submarine or even an AI computer programme?What if it’s a 17-year-old boy with a blisteringly brilliant mind, who can run rings around the most sophisticated security services across the globe, who can manipulate that weaponry and turn it against the superpowers themselves? How valuable would he be? And what wouldn’t you do to get hold of him?

The Fox is a race-against-time thriller across continents to find and capture, or protect and save, an asset with the means to change the balance of world power. Whatever happens he must not fall into the wrong hands. Because what follows after that is unthinkable…

What I thought whilst reading?

  • The aouthor did an amazing job with the writing and provididng details which clearly shows that the author did his research. The author breaks everything down to detaill, taking difficult terms and putting them to terms that could be easily understood by everyone even if you know nothing about the field.
  • Character development is potrayed perfectly and its easier to be fully invested in them.
  • The plot is amazing, its paced perfectly and the final act was executed amazingly and it won’t be easier to forget.

Rating

Shiang: Two Ancient Cities. One Final War. Empire of Salt By C.F. IGGULDEN

 

Book Details

Title: Empire of Salt 2: Shiang || Author: Conn Iggulden || Publicicst: Lauren Mc Diarmid || Publisher: Penguin UK || Published: October 2018 || Pages: 360 || Genre: Fantasy Fiction, Adventure fiction

Summary

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IF THESE STONES COULD SPEAK . . . THEY WOULD CALL FOR WAR.

In Shiang, the young king rules without dissent. Mazer swordsmen stand watch on every corner, looking for the first sign of rebellion. This city is a place of quiet and slow dignity, like a man eating rice with a razor pressed against his throat.

Yet with one sharp movement, order is overturned. The balance of centuries is undone in the sudden spill of blood – and in the darkness, something terrible returns to Shiang.

Far to the west, four Shiang masters approach the city walls of Darien. The sword saint and his companions have crossed a continent to bring an old man home for punishment. They will not be denied, even if the whole city stands in their way.

TWO ANCIENT CITIES. ONE FINAL WAR.
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Discover where it all began in Darien the first book in Empire of Salt.

Thoughts

  • SHIANG is the second book in the Empire of Salt, an epic fantasy series of spellbinding imagination. I enjoyed the writing style. I enjoyed the first book and I was so intrigued to read the second book.
  • Some of the characters from the first book you dont get to see up until halfway throught the book. This might not be a good thing for others but I did not mind at all.
  • I really enjoyed getting to know the city and culture of Shiang. The world building in this book is amazing and the plot was executed perfectly.
  • I felt like some parts of the book were a bit predictable for me but not really in a bad way because I still enjoyed the book.

Rating

The Bank that Lived a Little by Philip Augar

 

Book Details

Title: The bank that Lived a Little || Author: Philip Augar || Genre: Anje Niemandt || Published: October 2018 || Publisher: Penguin Uk  || Publicicst: || Pages: 428

Summary

Based on unparalleled access to those involved, and told with compelling pace and drama, The Bank that Lived a Little describes three decades of boardroom intrigue at one of Britain’s biggest financial institutions. In a tale of feuds, grandiose dreams and a struggle for supremacy between rival strategies and their adherents, Philip Augar gives a riveting account of Barclays’ journey from an old Quaker bank to a full-throttle capitalist machine. The disagreement between those ambitious for Barclays to join the top table of global banks, and those preferring a smaller domestic role more in keeping with the bank’s traditions, cost three chief executives their jobs and continues to divide opinion within Barclays, the City and beyond.

This is an extraordinary corporate thriller, which among much else describes how Barclays came to buy Lehman Brothers for a bargain price in 2008, why it was so keen to avoid taking government funding during the financial crisis, and the price shareholders have paid for a decade of barely controlled ambition. But Augar also shows how Barclays’ experiences are a paradigm for Britain’s social and economic life over thirty years, which saw the City move from the edge of the economy to its very centre. These decades created unprecedented prosperity for a tiny number, and made the reputations of governments and individuals but then left many of them in tatters.

The leveraged society, the winner-takes-all mentality and our present era of austerity can all be traced to the influence of banks such as Barclays. Augar’s book tells this roller-coaster story from the perspective of many of its participants – and also of those affected by the grip they came to have on Britain.

Thoughts

  • There is a thin line between too much information shared to a point whereby the reader who is experienced in that field finds it difficult to continue reading and sharing enough to get the reader interested. Either way the author cannot satisfy every one but they can try to do that which is difficult at times.
  • This book is so informative which is really amazing.
  • The writing style is simple and beautiful.

Rating

 

Those were my thoughts on these books, have you read any of these or planning to? I’d like to know your thoughts in the comment section.

Thank you Penguin Random House South Africa for sending me these copies, I’m so grateful.

Until next time, lets keep reading

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