Friday, 23 January 2015

On her majestys secret service


James Bond has had enough. Enough of Service life, of fruitless manhunts, of taking orders. But Blofeld is back – older, leaner and more dangerous than ever, with a deadly secret at the heart of his luxury ski resort. Bond must rediscover his passion for what he does best, in Fleming’s eleventh 007 novel.

Thursday, 22 January 2015

The art of war - Sun Tzu

Still a source of inspiration for soldiers on the battlefield and managers in the boardroom 2000 years after it was written, Sun-Tzu's The Art of War is the most influential book of strategy in the world, translated from the Chinese by John Minford in Penguin Classics.

'Ultimate excellence lies not in winning every battle, but in defeating the enemy without ever fighting'

For more than two thousand years, Sun-Tzu's The Art of War has provided leaders with profound insights into the use of skill, tactics, psychology and discipline to outwit opponents. Said to have inspired Napoleon, and used by Mao Zedong and General Douglas MacArthur, as well as many famous business gurus, politicians and sports stars, its ancient words of wisdom provide a touchstone for today's managers and executives fighting their boardroom battles. This best-selling book offers ancient wisdom on how to use skill, cunning, tactics and discipline to outwit your opponent.

Little is known for definite about Sun Tzu (544-496 B.C.) and his life during the Warring States period after the decline of the Zhou dynasty, but his classic The Art of War has been one of the central works of Chinese literature for 2500 years.

The spy who loved me - Ian Fleming

Vivienne Michel is running away – from pain, from rejection, from humiliation. When she stumbles into a criminal plot, her life seems over... until a chance encounter with James Bond turns her world upside down. Ian Fleming’s tenth 007 novel is a unique view of Bond, through the eyes of a woman who loves him.

Sunday, 11 January 2015

Don't give up, Don't give in - Louis Zamperini

This second memoir, dictated to co-writer Rensin during the last year of the author's life, brims with sage wisdom, learned advice and fond observations from his adventurous 97 years. Zamperini answers the most recurring questions asked of him during book signings and lectures, mostly pertaining to his adventures after his service in World War II, his secret to living honorably and what role his faith in God played . . . Stuffed with bolstering, life-affirmative reinforcement . . . the inspirational odyssey of an American hero.

Sunday, 4 January 2015

The ragged trousered philanthropists - Robert Tressell

An English novel about class war of the working class versus the rich, Capitalism versus Socialism. Reading it, even though I am versed in Economics, the rhetoric really gets you and pulls you in to their arguments.
At the time of writing it highlighted very real and serious issues. A lot has changed since the publication of this book, what hasn't changed is the fact of Socialist utopianism, like all perfect ideas, once we hit reality, Socialism becomes bastardised, twisted, malformed and cancerous. Like a virus it infects you and makes you very sick.
The book itself is brilliant, a voice for the working class masses and should be read in a wider audience. The idea is beautiful. The book was a real starting point for better working conditions of the poorest and a lot of the irony and sarcasm still stands true today.
It's just a shame it's ideals in purest form. have yet to come to fruition.

The serpent queen - Josh Reynolds

One of the more enjoyable Gotrek and Felix novels where we see a mix of Undead and Lizardmen intermingled in an adventure that deepens our understanding of the motivations of the leaders of the Undead.
It's classic stuff, again I hold Nathan Long as the master of this pairing, but for fans of these two heroes or Warhammer fantasy in general a very worthy and exciting read.

Monday, 22 December 2014

Last step backwards - Justin D Hill

The Story

As the dread forces of the Chaos-worshipping Anckorites spread from world to world, Cadian Shock Troop Whiteshields – new troopers tasting battle for the first time – are all that stand between the enemy and utter destruction. But when the famed general Ursakar E Creed enacts a dangerous battle plan to outmanoeuvre the foe, there may just be hope for survival, or even victory.