Tag: Inspirations

Lucy Cruickshanks – The Road to Rangoon | Review

Title: The Road to Rangoon

Author: Lucy Cruickshanks

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 440

Rating: 3.5/5

 

Lucy Cruickshanks - The Road to Rangoon

Lucy Cruickshanks – The Road to Rangoon

 

This is the second of two books that Lucy has written and which are set in Burma, and I was kind of expecting this one to be a sequel. It wasn’t, at least as far as I could tell, but that didn’t stop me from enjoying it. Perhaps it’s not the kind of book that I’d usually read, but I’m still glad that I picked it up.

Cruickshanks has a knack for establishing a sense of place, and when you’re reading this book it really feels as though you’re there. The plot was great as well, although I wasn’t too attached to the characters. I think the characters were better in the first book but that the plot was better in this one, so perhaps it just depends on what kind of reader you are.

Another good thing about this book was how quick and easy it was to read. I whizzed through it in two or three days and when I finished, it felt like I’d just got back from a holiday. It wasn’t much of a holiday though, because the book is set during the 1980s before armed conflict in the country led to it changing its name from Burma to Myanmar. Rangoon was also changed to Yangon, which means that even the title of this book helps to establish a sense of time and place.

 

Lucy Cruikshanks

Lucy Cruikshanks

 

Because of that, this novel is a sort of weird mixture between literary fiction, historical fiction and a sort of military thriller. I can’t think of anything that I’ve read that’s quite like it, and I read a lot of different stuff. I’d be interested to know what some of Cruickshanks’ inspirations were when she wrote this, although I also watch her talk about books on BookTube and so I already know what she’s into.

So would I recommend this one? Yes and no, because I don’t think it’s quite right for everyone. That said, I think if the synopsis sounds good and you have some sort of interest in Burma then it’s pretty much a no-brainer, because it’s well-written, well-edited and an all-round professional release. The only reason I can think of that someone might not like it would be if they’re just not that interested in the subject matter.

All in all, then, Lucy did a great job with this one and I think it was a worthy follow-up to her first book. She didn’t just try to imitate herself and that’s to be commended. Good stuff.

 

Lucy Cruikshanks - The Trader of Saigon

Lucy Cruikshanks – The Trader of Saigon

 

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Shaun Chatterton – Think Big and Make a Difference | Review

Title: Think Big and Make a Difference

Author: Shaun Chatterton

Type: Non-Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 129

Rating: 6/10

 

Shaun Chatterton - Think Big and Make a Difference

Shaun Chatterton – Think Big and Make a Difference

 

I suppose I should include a disclosure, because this book was written by a former client of my former company, but I’m honest enough when it comes to reviewing books that I’ve read because of a personal connection. This business book promises to be a collection of ‘52 business ideas and inspirations‘, and it accomplishes its goal with some aplomb.

Ultimately, as with any business book, the theory is sound enough, and it depends upon yourself to apply what you’ve learned during your day-to-day dealings. Worth reading if only to expand your mind and absorb inspiration, be the change you want to see.

 

Shaun Chatterton

Shaun Chatterton

 

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