Tag: Action-Packed

Richard Branson – Losing My Virginity | Review

Title: Losing My Virginity

Author: Richard Branson

Type: Non-Fiction

Page Count: 520

Rating: 3.75/5

I’ve had this book lying around for a good few years now, but I’ve been putting off picking it up for whatever reason. It’s kind of strange really, because I remember giving the prologue a read back when I picked it up and quite enjoying it, I just never had the momentum to keep going. But that all changed when I had to travel back to Tamworth for a family engagement because it’s something of a tradition of mine for me to pick up my longest unread book.

One of the good things is that it’s actually misleading, because while this is quite long in terms of page count, it has pretty big text and a bunch of photographs in it too. It’s also just generally quite interesting, whether you’re a Branson fan or not. I can’t say that I knew too much about him going into it, but I had heard good things about this book and I knew that he was an interesting chap.

I guess the noteworthy thing here is the market that Branson was aiming for. It’s got a lot to offer just because he had an interesting, action-packed life, especially when it comes to some of his ballooning adventures. It also has a lot to teach you about what it takes to be successful in business, but they’re the kind of insights that you can apply at any kind of job, from a corporate role to self-employment.

I still haven’t made my mind up on what I think about Branson as a person, but I am glad that I know a little more about him. I think I pitched this book just about right because there’s no need to go out of your way to get to it in a rush. If you do see it lying around though, it’s not bad and worth your time. I’d definitely say it’s in the upper half of the “celebrityautobiographies that I’ve read throughout the years, at least in terms of quality.

It was also just a genuinely pleasurable reading experience, something that was nice and easy to absorb while still giving me a few little bits of food for thought. In fact, it basically set my expectations pretty well and then delivered exactly what I was hoping for from it. For a non-fiction memoir, I think that’s almost the best that you can hope for, and this really would have had to have been something quite special for it to stand out to me above all of the other great stuff that I’ve been reading.

This brings us on to the final question that I try to answer in my reviews, which is whether or not I’d recommend it. Honestly, I’d have to say yes, even if you have no particular reason for reading it. There’s a little something for everyone and while it’s not exactly going to hold up to a re-read, it was alright for a one time thing. Check it out, I guess.

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Ian Fleming – Diamonds Are Forever | Review

Title: Diamonds Are Forever

Author: Ian Fleming

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 298

Rating: 8/10

 

Ian Fleming - Diamonds Are Forever

Ian Fleming – Diamonds Are Forever

 

Bond is back, baby! As you might have been able to guess from the title of this novel, which shares its name with one of the films in the franchise, this book is another one of Fleming’s James Bond adventures.

Here, Bond is dealing in diamonds by trying to infiltrate an American gang to find out where they’re getting their diamonds from. Something sketchy is going on, and Bond is tasked with finding out exactly what, by any means necessary.

Along the way, Bond finds himself smuggling diamonds internationally, making friends with a beautiful woman (the obligatory Bond girl) and indulging in plenty of gambling, from cards and roulette to horse racing. See, you pretty much know what you’re going to get when you pick up a Bond novel, and this one doesn’t disappoint you.

 

Ian Fleming

Ian Fleming

 

In fact, I’ve often found the Bond novels to be a little drawn-out, and they’re not always as action-packed as you might hope for. Here though, Fleming never takes his foot off the accelerator, and we have the added benefit of getting to see a number of different locations. Fleming has always had a gift for evoking a sense of time and place in his work, and so it’s a pleasure to see it in action.

Overall then, this is a decent little novel, and it’s easy to speed through it from the start to finish. It might not necessarily be the best Bond novel on the market, but it’s a great little read for what it is. And if you’re anything like me, you’ll have the theme song to the movie stuck in your head every time you pick it up.

 

Ian Fleming

Ian Fleming

 

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