Friday, October 13, 2017

Paradox Bound



Peter Clines' new book Paradox Bound is a fascinating science fiction novel dealing with travels through American history. The main character, a boy Eli Teague sees an old Model A Ford with a woman dressed in a Revolutionary War attire. Before long, a second car comes along and gives chase. Fascinated by this event and wanting answers, Eli takes off on a journey through history that will ultimately decide America's future.

Time travel, which is one of the central themes in the science fiction genre, takes on a new approach in Clines' novel. It's not so much as directly influencing history, as it is a journey of self-discovery. I also liked the fact that the central theme of the book is the concept of the American Dream and the values we hold dear in our exceptional country.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Med School Uncensored



Med School Uncensored by Richard Beddingfield is a valuable guide for those who aspire to go into the medical profession. This book offers a wealth of information and solid advice from the preparation tips for the MCATs all the way to residency and board examinations. If you're in medical school or planning to enroll in one, Med School Uncensored will be a valuable guide as you navigate throughout your medical education. A word of warning, though, the book does contain some colorful language, hence "Uncensored" in the title.


Friday, September 15, 2017

By Far the Best Career Guide Ever



What Color Is Your Parachute? by Richard Bolles is by far the best career guide for those entering the workforce for the first time as well as experienced employees who are thinking about changing jobs. The guide, which is updated annually is written in clear and detailed language and thus very easy to understand. At more than 300 pages, the book deals with anything from how to effectively search for jobs to salary negotiations and career changes. It is filled with helpful tips as well as exercises that can be helpful in securing your dream job.

What I found about this book is that it can, and is intended to be, read in any order. For example, if your interviewing skills are lacking, you can read the chapter on interview tips. Likewise, if you need tips on how to write a resume that will get on the hiring manager's desk, you can read the corresponding chapter. If you are a looking for your dream job, this book is definitely for you.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book through the Blogging for Books program in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Humorous Story About Life in Modern India



Diksha Basu's debut novel The Windfall is a poignant and humorous set in modern India. At the heart of the novel, the Jha family live in a working class neighborhood in New Delhi while their adult son is a business school student in America. When Anil Jha, the patriarch of the family sells his IT company, he practically becomes $20 million richer overnight. Almost immediately, he and his wife move to an upper class neighborhood in New Delhi. Being the newly minted millionaires, the Jhas realize the immense power of money and try to make the most of it. They mingle with other millionaires and billionaires, hire private security, and buy outrageous things, they have a sofa infused with Swarovski crystals shipped from Japan.

Ultimately, this story is about the immense power money holds in our lives. We are so preoccupied with material things that we neglect the smaller things in life which are always free as the old adage goes.

I also liked the fact that the story was set in India and it was interesting for me to experience how a culture different from mine deals with modern life. 

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Worthy Sequel to Wells's Classic Novel



Massacre of Mankind by Stephen Baxter is a sequel to H.G. Wells's The War of the Worlds. Fourteen years after the first Martian invasion described in Wells's book, Earthlings have learned a lot from it and harnessed Martian technology. However, the Martians have learned too, and are preparing for a second invasion which will be even more deadly than the first.

Massacre of Mankind is a pretty good sequel to The War of the Worlds. For me, it was interesting to read a book by a modern author according to his interpretation of Wells's classic.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

The Power of Persuasion

To get anywhere in life, one must be persuasive and clearly state their objectives. Unfortunately, not many people know this fine art. That's where Jay Heinrichs's book entitled Thank You For Arguing comes in. Heinrichs uses practical examples from regular people as well as famous historical figures such as Aristotle and Abraham Lincoln to lay out this fine art. At over 400 pages, this book contains a wealth of useful information on how to get your point across. The author outlines various techniques used to persuade people very clearly. He also delves into the why behind the techniques and explains the psychology that makes this particular technique work.


Wednesday, August 16, 2017

The Art of Negotiation



Negotiation plays a very crucial part in our lives. Whether debating with your family where to go for vacation, making a large purchase, or making a multi-million dollar business deal, it is vital that we reap the maximum benefit while also being mindful of the other party. Thankfully, Peter B. Stark's book The Only Negotiating Guide You'll Ever Need provides crucial information on the art of negotiation. Originally published in 2003, the book has been updated with the latest research in the field. It is comprised of two parts, the first deals with negotiation itself: the psychology of both parties, the styles of negotiation, the skills you need to negotiate, while the second part offers practical situations and describes the tactics you can use to successfully close the deal.

Overall, this book is very informative. It is very concise, yet offers a wealth of advice.