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Stephen King – Rose Madder | Review

Title: Rose Madder

Author: Stephen King

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 471

Rating: 7/10

 

Stephen King - Rose Madder

Stephen King – Rose Madder

 

Rose Madder seemed to drag by for me, which is a shame. Sure, King has a habit of blowing my mind with the word counts on his releases, but usually you still find yourself barreling through towards the end. With this one, I felt like I was forcing myself to finish it, although I will at least admit that it got better as time went on.

Loosely speaking, the story line follows a woman called Rose as she tries to escape from her abusive husband. Rose’s husband is a cop, and he likes to hit her in the kidneys so that the bruises don’t show. He’s a manipulative son of a bitch and he treats her horribly, and even when she finally plucks up the courage to leave him, she’s absolutely terrified.

Along the way, Rose makes a number of new friends and tries to get her life back on track, meeting a new man and purchasing a painting which ends up taking on a lot of significance within the story. I’ll be honest, I’m not really sure why that part of the story line was even there, because it felt forced and distracted me from the overarching action. But if you like horror and realism mixed together, but with elements of magic thrown in, then perhaps this is the book for you.

 

Stephen King

Stephen King

 

For me, I thought it was an okay read, but I’d have trouble recommending this one ahead of any of the other Stephen King books that I’ve read. It felt like it could have been written by anyone, which usually wouldn’t be much of a criticism, but when it comes to Stephen King, I expected better. Although there were moments here and there where he was self-referential, like when he referenced ka and when he talked about the characters reading Paul Sheldon novels. Sheldon, if you didn’t know already, was the main character in Misery, the author who was imprisoned by his terrifying number one fan.

The alternate reality on the other side of the painting was also a little bit like the windows in King’s Dark Tower series, and while it was interesting to see King explore how events in one universe can affect events in another, it seemed out of place with the rest of the story line. It’s a bit like if you were reading a James Bond novel and then suddenly, out of nowhere, the bad guy whips out a magic wand and fires off the cruciatus curse.

Overall then, this is a professional quality book but it just lacks that certain something, that special spark of brilliance that makes a Stephen King book what it is. Read it if you want – it’s your call!

 

Stephen King Quote

Stephen King Quote

 

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Gary Klein – Seeing What Others Don’t | Review

Title: Seeing What Others Don’t

Author: Gary Klein

Type: Non-Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 281

Rating: 9/10

 

Gary Klein - Seeing What Others Don't

Gary Klein – Seeing What Others Don’t

 

Disclaimer: While I aim to be unbiased, I received a copy of this for free to review.

Now, I’ll be honest – when I started reading this, I was a skeptic. I didn’t believe in the so-called ‘science of insights‘, or the field of naturalistic decision-making that the author helped to pioneer. Boy, was I in for a surprise.

Klein writes with such passion and such conviction that you quickly come round to his point of view, and he’s done the hard-work for you by researching over a hundred cases of insight, from Napoleon‘s insight to cut off the supply lines at the battle of Toulon to Alexander Fleming‘s discovery of penicillin and the cop who realised a carjacking was in progress when a driver flicked ash over the dashboard of a brand new BMW.

Klein classifies each of the insights in his collection as connections, coincidences, curiosities or contradictions, although insights can also come about through creative desperation or through a combination of multiple factors – in fact, these combinations are the most common source of insight.

 

Gary Klein

Gary Klein

 

I could talk about it forever, but suffice to say that Klein explains each of the concepts clearly and concisely, using real examples to illustrate his theories. The rest of the book explains how companies and organisations try to block these insights, no matter how much they may claim the contrary.

And Klein will also reveal how you can boost those insights – that’s invaluable advice, and it more than pays for the cost of the book. So go out and get it!

 

Gary Klein

Gary Klein

 

Click here to buy Seeing What Others Don’t.

 


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