madrid, Spain | Member Since 2011
I am giving a rating because all rating counts. Maybe I just dont like this kind of book, but I found that the story goes really slowly for most of the book, and then everything happens in the lest 20% of it. I heard this from another friend, so I think I am not the only one.
I like to read books where I come out with something. I've been thinking about reading this book for a long time, since Tim Ferris was a fierce supporter. But I struggled to see what pointers I could take on this book.
Many of the "conclusions" are opinionated, posing a right and wrong way of traveling. Myself, I travel rather similar to how the author of the book has done, but I find that most of his advice is common sense, the rest is just his opinion, which sometimes coincides with mine, and sometimes not.
For someone that has never traveled outside of package tours, this book my pose a different way of traveling, something that many people can enjoy and learn from if they try. I was expecting to find something creative and different from what I saw, instead I just saw criticism of those that do package tours, drugs or alcohol.
I'm not saying the way he travels is not interesting, I'm saying that if this is what you like, this is what you will do. If someone rather go to a club med, well, there can be something in that too, different tastes make up for different traveling ways.
My self, I like to mix up a bit of everything.
After reading The Name of the Wind I could not stop, I jumped right in The Wise Man's Fear. It is like the first book, if not better. With more magic and with our hero exploring many different sceneries. Highly recommended series, too bad the 3rd book is not yet available, so it was with a pain that I finished this book. Now I was just waiting for The Second book of the Storm light archive to come out, and I will be on it next!
I loved this book. To compare it to some of my favorites, it inspired me like The Way of Kings or The wheel of time series. I love the character, the type of magic, the apparent normalness of it all. Like if the magic that happens in the book could truly exist, like if it was rational.
Its a long book, and there wore a few parts that wore a bit too slow, but in general this is an amazing book, with great narration. Loved it, just hope the 3rd book comes soon.
I didnt like the narration and the story. Its nice that is in ancient egypt but I didnt find I was learning a lot about how things wore done then. I read 50% of the book and gave up
I loved the book because it helped me understand history by passing it thru the caracters stories. Its not an incredibly exiting book, and is not as good as Pillars of the Earth, but I loved reading it. its caracters as always display all sorts of emotions, and there are some sex scenes. If you like Ken Follet and history, you will like this book
I love Brandon Sanderson, been reading quite a lot of things from him. I'm not really sure why I didnt like Mistborn so much. I give it a 4 star because it was a good book, and I might even read the following book, but I wasent particularly trilled by it.
The Way of Kings is my advice, best book of the kind I have ever read
I have read this book after book 10, which most here agree is one of the worst of the series, perhaps even possible to skip it without hindering the whole series.
Although many have liked this book I found it to be almost exclusively the story of Moiraine Damodred and Lan Mandragoran. Although I like the caracteres, I was expecting many more interesting things to be added to the plot, for example I would love to know the story of Rand's father and mother, both biological and step father, this is a part of the story I was always missing and curious about.
anyways, I'm not sure if there is much to this book, maybe it would be possible to skip it all together, read a sumarry somewhere and race to the new books by sanderson, which I've heard pick up the pace quite a bit
I imagined a book like this would be based on research. I've only read 50% of the book because it was so Shallow I couldent go on, but so far all of autors arguments wore "Because me and my friends can't read more then one page, then it means the whole world can't read more then one page". Sorry, I read a book per week and although I think internet is making us more shallow and read less, I was hopping to encounter some solid research, instead this books seams a description on how the autor and his friends are behaving, which is not very usefull in my opinion.
I loved the whole series. This is kind of obvious since I got this far! But this book had no exitement, I was just reading it hopping the end of the book it would pick up like it usually does, but it didnt. In the end I feel I must continue as I love the series and I am curious to reach the next books, but well, this one was awfull.
The autor uses a kind of logic that is, in my opinion, very flaude. He says things like "I eat 5 hamburgers per day and don't have high colestorol, thus I conclude that hamburgers do not cause high colesterol".
They are constantly saying the "truth" without any real objectivity, saying it works because they made it work and that is a really poor argument.
I understand not all books can be based on research, in fact I love many business books that are based on experience. But most of the autors that write books based on experience say things like "Have you tried this? It has work very well for me". This way you know what they are saying is a possible thing to do, and give you ideas of what you can try.
They say things like "who needs a PR agency? we wore featured in this and that paper without one, why would you pay tens of thousends of dollars for PR that you dont need?"
First of all, not al PR agencies will cost you tens of thousends. Secondly, how long did it take them to get into this big news outlet? Do they know how long it would have taken them with a PR agency? Would it be better? And thirdly their most sucessful product (Basecamp, which I am a user) is a project management tool where you pay by project, not by user. This makes it really easy to invite suppliers to participate on your project page without any extra cost. They supplier sees how it works for us and might sign up for it themselves. This is ofcourse a genious move, and makes the product viral (like dropbox, that gives you extra space for each person you invite) but not all products can work the same, or not al entrepreneurs can find such a clever way to make your product or service viral.
At one point they say "People say to learn from your mistakes, but what can you learn from your mistakes, we learn from our sucesses" "Other people's mistakes are their mistakes, not yours, so don't get mixed up on it". I am an internet business owner and so far I have never met a person that has not made a mistake. If you do make a mistake, you better learn not to do it again, and WHY it was a mistake. If you don't learn that, then I think it will be hard to move forward.
I have read many business books, almost 1 per week and this is the lowest rating I have ever given as I recall. It has no new and usefull information, its just a recopilation of statments, some of which I agree fully, so of which I dont agree at all.
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