Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Crush it - Gary Vaynerchuk

Crush it tells the story of a very successful man that turned his Dad's wine business in to a financial success story and how you can ditch the job and make a living enjoying your passion.
It's upbeat, inspirational, spicy, believable with a few words of warning thrown in for good measure for anyone that says it doesn't work for them.
Out of self help books I would say it's certainly one of the better types, love your family, work hard, focus on doing what you love to do. Pretty standard fayre.
It can certainly help some that want to make that break, but others, those that enjoy their passions because it's a break from the day job, maybe not so much.
Lots of people have hobbies because they are hobbies. The possibility of feeling obligated to do your hobby as a means to an end, rather than simply for it's own sake, has the potential to kill off the enjoyment gained from it in the first place.
Overall it is a method that worked for Gary and may well work for others too. Saying that, there are lots of biographies of very successful people and in the main, they all got there by being passionate about what they do.
This is just that formula in a popularised format, nothing wrong with that, but I find with these types of books people get off to a great start, then fizzle out, regardless of the authors warning of hard work ahead.

Sunday, 26 July 2015

Like father, like son - Mark Latham


A young boy follows his father on a trek through the vast wilderness of the Empire, learning of the wildlife and survival. But the boy could never imagine their final destination…

A very short story indeed, but packed with pace, keeps the interest, feels dark, macabre and the ending is superb for shock impact.

• ISBN 9781782510031

Friday, 24 July 2015

Artefacts - Nick Kyme

The Story

Before the massacre on Isstvan V, the primarch Vulkan returns to his forge on Nocturne to prepare for war against the traitors. However, in light of recent conflicts with his wayward brother Konrad Curze, he looks upon his personal armoury with a startling new clarity. If the wrath of the supposedly loyal Night Lords can be unleashed upon their own home world in a moment of unchecked rage, is it wise for any Legion to have access to such devastating devices as the Engine of Woes, the Unbound Flame or the Song of Entropy?

Read it because

A small, personal tale with massive consequences. Framed as a conversation between Vulkan and one of his sons on the eve of Isstvan V, it encompasses Konrad Curze’s madness, the destruction of Nostramo, Horus’s betrayal, the creation of the role of Forgefather within the Salamanders and the origins of the mysterious artefacts the Salamanders hunt ten millennia later.
ISBN 9781782515852

Thursday, 23 July 2015

Beneath the black thumb - David Guymer

The story

In the Untamed Lands of Ghur, Cospys Bule suffers a terrible defeat at the hands of the mysterious Seraphon as he attempts to summon forth a host of Nurgle plague daemons. But as his Rotbringers lick their wounds, Bule receives a strange vision that portends a great destiny. Could this be the call of the dark lord, the fabled Grand Marshal of the Apocalypse himself? The call of Archaon?

Read it because

We see the war for the mortal realms through the eyes of the servants of the Ruinous Powers – and meet the enigmatic Seraphon. What is a champion of Nurgle – the sinister Cospys Bule – willing to do in order to join the glorious host of the Everchosen?

ISBN 9781782516934

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Animal farm - George Orwell

At a time when the politics of Britain is in danger of crushing the working class of Britain, I felt it time to re-read Orwell's fairy tale 'animal farm'.
A direct analogy of the dangers of Communism, exploring even better than Plato's 'cave' through a story, Animal farm reminds the working class of the dangers of revolution and replacement of one leader with another.
What I feel is most poignant and relevant to the current political climate is how at the end of the tale, the animals (working class) look at their leaders (Communists) and their human oppressors and they are indistinguishable in appearance and behaviour.
When we look at PMQ's and see Conservatives on one side and the Labour party on the other and we look face to face, back and forth and we scrunch our eyes and squint a little; no matter what we do, both parties are now indistinguishable in both appearance and behaviour.
Orwell had laser insight in to how our political leaders treat the working class. Work them harder, deprive them of rations, force austerity upon them and ensure they know absolutely their political leader is always right!

Saturday, 18 July 2015

Slayer - David Guymer


The Story

With their friendship in tatters after a series of betrayals, Gotrek and Felix march south at the head of a ragtag army, intent upon driving the forces of Chaos out of the Empire and returning Felix to his wife. But Gotrek’s doom is at hand, and great powers are at work to ensure that he meets it. With enemies on all sides and destiny calling, Felix must make a choice: to follow Gotrek into the darkness that awaits him, or to abandon his oldest friend once and for all.

Read it because

This is the final adventure of Gotrek and Felix. All is revealed as Gotrek meets his doom and Felix’s fate is sealed. The story contains the ultimate showdown between the comrades and their greatest rival ever, Be’ Lakor. The battle is like nothing you’ve seen before taking them from forest to the air to the very realm of Chaos.

ISBN 9781782517757

Thursday, 16 July 2015

Assault on the Mandrake Bastion - Josh Reynolds


The Story

Orius Adamantine, Lord-Celestant of the Hammers of Sigmar, leads a ferocious attack on the Tephra Crater to unseat the dread lord Anhur of the Bloodbound. In his path lies the Mandrake Bastion, a fortress saturated with dark magic. Succeed here and the Adamantine Warrior Chamber will have a vital foothold in the ongoing war against the Chaos forces seeking to open the Black Rift of Klaxus!

Read it because

It’s a massive battle between Order and Chaos! Thousands of Stormcast Eternals from a dozen Stormhosts get their hammers dirty fighting the cannibalistic servants of Khorne. And a seriously creepy new villain makes his first appearance – but not his last, because this Quick Read is the first in a larger story…

This Quick Read is the first of a series of stories that pit the Stormcast Eternals against the forces of Chaos in a pivotal battle to stop the Black Rift of Klaxus from opening and drowning the Mortal Realms in a tide of daemons.