Tag: Leadership

Stephen King – Revival | Review

Title: Revival

Author: Stephen King

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 390

Rating: 3/5

 

 

This is one of King’s more recent books and so that’s probably why I hadn’t picked it up until now. It’s been sitting on my shelves for a while, but I always have a big pile of King books ready to go at any one time. I wasn’t particularly impressed by this one, but then I wasn’t expecting too much of it either. In fact, it’s one of the few King books that I just haven’t really heard anything about.

Here, the main themes are rock ‘n’ roll and religious leadership, as epitomised by the two main characters. What’s weird about that is that it ended up reminding me of Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill, King’s son, because the main character in that had similarities to this one, at least at times.

Honestly, I couldn’t recommend this book over any of King’s others, but it’s not necessarily bad. It’s just not got the magic that some of King’s other work has, and I don’t think it does a great job of representing him. At the same time, other than disagreeing with some of the science and not enjoying the way it basically turned into Frankenstein, it was decent enough. I read it in the space of two or three days and it didn’t drag.

 

Stephen King
Stephen King

 

So all in all, I’m glad I picked this up because I’m still working through King’s back catalogue, but I’m also glad that I didn’t go out of my way to get to it. At least it was better than Black House, which he co-wrote with Peter Straub, and it didn’t waffle on for as long, either. In fact, it’s relatively short for a Stephen King novel, but other than that it does follow some of his tried and tested formulae. It has a lacklustre ending for a start, which is pretty much a King tradition.

I probably wouldn’t recommend reading this unless you’re already a King fan, but if you are a King fan then go ahead when you get round to it. Look on the bright side. At least it isn’t From a Buick 8. And it also has a little excerpt of Bag of Bones in the back of it, if that’s of interest.

 

Stephen King Quote
Stephen King Quote

 

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Sun Tzu – The Art of War | Review

Title: The Art of War

Author: Sun Tzu

Type: Non-Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 225

Rating: 8/10

 

Sun Tzu - The Art of War

Sun Tzu – The Art of War

 

Sun Tzu was a master tactician, and his ancient writing, The Art of War, is enough to prove it. In it, he shares his tactics for all different types of warfare, and whilst it might not sound like it, a lot of his lessons can be directly applied to our day to day life. This is because much of Tzu’s advice is non-specific – he advocates a certain style of leadership, and if you read this book and absorb the lessons that he has to impart with you, you’ll quickly see how that can apply to all sorts of different activities.

Because the manuscript was originally in Chinese and has to be translated into English, you also avoid a lot of the confusion that you often feel when reading a ‘classic‘. The language isn’t too difficult to understand, because it was recently translated and written in a style that’s easy for us to understand in the present day. Couple all that with the fact that it’s considered to be a classical example of non-fiction with some serious historical significance, and you can easily see why it’s so popular. You hear about businessmen reading it, as well as soldiers, writers and politicians. Read it!

 

Sun Tzu

Sun Tzu

 

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