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Divergent paths all lead to promising future

Divergent by Veronica Rothaverage rating 4.6 stars on Amazon and 4.36 on Goodreads

Divergent picA Few Thoughts – If you read this book without trying to draw comparisons to other dystopian fiction you’ll really enjoy it, however, if you want more of the Hunger Games you’ll spend far too much time trying to pick it apart.  Both occupy space in the same genre, and both feature strong female lead characters…just stop there.  I really enjoyed Roth’s work with this opening act of her Divergent series because the action scenes were plentiful enough to move the plot along nicely.  She really worked on developing a few key characters and really established good depth for Tris, her main character.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Sanderson lights it up again with this urban fantasy short

Mitosis by Brandon Sanderson – average rating 4.3 stars on Amazon and 3.94 on Goodreads

18966322The Gist – Sanderson brings our favorite Reckoner back to electronic pages in this short bridge between his bestselling Steelheart and the upcoming Firefight.  David is working hard to convince the humans of Newcago to come out of their subterranean refuge and own the peace he and the Reckoners fought so hard to win, but he also knows other epics plot to fill power vacuum left by Steelheart’s demise.  Just when things seem to be working for the people of Newcago, Mitosis makes an appearance…actually multiple appearances around the city and he won’t underestimate David and the Reckoners in his bid for power.        Read the rest of this entry »

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Great start for the next big fantasy series

Promise of Blood (The Powder Mage Trilogy) by Brian McClellan– average rating 4.4 stars on Amazon and 4.21 on Goodreads

15790883What have we here? – McClellan opens a new fantasy trilogy with Promise of Blood, set in a time where magic, swords, and muskets are the tools of forces bent on controlling a government for the people or against them.  None are pure in this tale of constant struggle, leaving you wondering who the real villain is and who truly serves the people’s best interests. Read the rest of this entry »

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Game-changing communication tool for leaders

The Power of Framing: Creating the Language of Leadership by Gail Fairhurst – average rating 5 stars on Amazon and 3.25 on Goodreads

51tl8ELnu0LBackground – Fairhurst’s follow up to her 1996 book The Art of Framing showcases a compelling argument, underpinned by real life examples of how today’s business leaders succeed or fail through framing problems within their companies and to outside stakeholders.  More than the words leaders choose, it is their behaviors that carry the most weight and guide an organization through challenges.

A Few Thoughts – I read this book for a masters class and it captivated me from the beginning with its smooth narrative flow and a logical sequence of points that build from theory to application.  Students, business leaders, and everyday people looking for more effective ways to communicate will undoubtedly find this an easy read and an enlightening experience that provides plenty of tools to keep with you – 4.5 stars for its utility, easy tempo, and common sense approach.

Tom Clementson (Motley Chronicles)

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Needed more rhythm

The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson – average rating 4.6 stars on Amazon and 4.26 on Goodreads

rithmaThe Gist – Sanderson’s latest offering is a first venture into the YA genre featuring magic with a steampunk twist.  His main character Joel is a teenager desperately wanting to be something he is not; a Rithmatist.  Despite knowing nearly every fine point and technical aspect of Rithmatics, Joel was not imbued with the power to manipulate chalk drawings leaving him feeling helpless when some of his fellow students begin to disappear.  With only his quick wits and a cast of castoff characters, Joel tries to unravel the mysterious abductions and uncover intrigues haunting his own past.  Read the rest of this entry »

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