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Malcolm Gladwell – David & Goliath | Review

Title: David & Goliath

Author: Malcolm Gladwell

Type: Non-Fiction

Page Count: 308

Rating: 3/5

I usually enjoy reading Malcolm Gladwell’s stuff, but this one was a little bit of a disappointment. I think the problem was that it was just far too basic – it basically shares a simple idea in a couple of pages and then spends the remaining 300 pages to give a bunch of examples. By about halfway through, I was thinking about DNFing it, but I stuck with it. I’m not sure whether I’m glad or not.

Basically, the idea is that it’s often the underdog who comes out on top, because they’re able to be more nimble and to use that to give them a competitive advantage. We see this in the story of David vs Goliath, although Gladwell argues that David was always the likely winner because he had a sling and Goliath was wearing heavy, cumbersome armour. He had no chance of getting close to David in the first place.

Then he talks at length about all sorts of different organisations, from the classic examples like Apple and Google to more obscure examples, such as the guy who campaigned for the three strikes law in California. It turns out that while the idea of harsher punishments might be a smart one, it just doesn’t really work in practice.

Overall, would I recommend this? Nah, I would not. It’s not that it’s terrible, it’s just pretty boring and not Gladwell’s best by a long shot. I’d recommend something like Blink instead. I still intend to read all of his books at some point, but it might take me a little longer to get to them now. He’s gone down a lot in my esteem and that’s a bit of a bummer. But it is what it is.

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K. W. Jeter – The Mandalorian Armor | Review

Title: The Mandalorian Armor

Author: K. W. Jeter

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 408

Rating: 8/10

 

K. W. Jeter - The Mandalorian Armor

K. W. Jeter – The Mandalorian Armor

 

K. W. Jeter’s contribution to Star Wars’ expanded universe tells the story of how notorious bounty hunter Boba Fett came by his iconic armour, meaning that this book covers the back story of one of the series’ most-loved characters in a way that nothing else has done before or since.

Unfortunately, since Disney bought the rights to Star Wars, all of the fantastic books that have been written for the expanded universe have been declared non-Canon, which means that they didn’t officially happen. That means that Disney can do what they want in the films, but it doesn’t have to agree with all of the other stuff that’s been written.

All that aside though, it really is a pleasure to learn more about Fett’s character, and if you didn’t think he was cool before then you will do by the time you reach the end of the book. The fun doesn’t stop there, either – this is the first book in a trilogy, a trilogy that I never got round to finishing. It’s not that I don’t think it’s worth it, it was just because there are so many Star Wars books on the market that you have to prioritise.

 

K. W. Jeter

K. W. Jeter

 

That said, one of the good things about this series is the fact that each of the books can also be read as standalones – I’m sure it’s better to read through them in order if you want to get a real look at Fett’s personality, but each book is like a snapshot. They each focus on a different story, and it’s only really when you put all three together that you get the full picture, or so I assume.

The writing is impressive, too – you might not expect it from a relatively unknown author, or as part of a long franchise of what are essentially a sort of movie adaptation. It’s truly absorbing, and the author’s interpretation of Fett’s character ties in pefectly with what we already know about him, which means that it’s never awkward or confusing, and that Fett never seems to act out of character.

Overall, if you’re a Star Wars fan then I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this book – however, if you’re one of those weird people who has never seen the movies, you’re probably best off avoiding it. You crazy person, you.

 

K. W. Jeter

K. W. Jeter

 

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