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review SPOILER ALERT! 2018-04-11 18:33
Anger Management
Career of Evil - Robert Galbraith,Robert Glenister

Soooo ... turns out I listened to book 3 almost straight on the heels of book 2 after all, because I've had some fairly major anger and sadness issues to go through lately, and nothing helps in that process like a really dark-hued book, right?


As a matter of fact, it turns out that yours truly wasn't the only person in need of some healthy dose of anger management here.  I knew going in that this is a serial killer novel (that much is clear from page one); actually, though, the person ultimately revealed as the killer is only one of several seriously sick and violent bastards, all of whom have a major personal gripe with Strike and therefore pretty much auto-suggest themselves as suspects -- I mean, who other than someone pretty obviously out to make Strike's (and Robin's) lives hell would send them body parts and go stalking Robin, intent on ultimately killing her, too?  (No spoiler here btw.; this, too, is obivous right from the beginning.)


But speaking of Robin, in this installment she is having to deal with some pretty substantial anger management of her own in turn, and she's unfortunately not doing all that brilliantly ... in fact, for the better part of the novel she's behaving more like a sulking teenager than like a grown up woman.  We learn a lot about her background here, and about the reasons why she gave up university and kept on clinging to Matthew, her boyfriend of nine years, despite his obvious dislike of her work as Strike's assistant -- and up to a point I can empathize with her insecurities

(she's a rape victim and developed agoraphobia as a consequence, which it took her a full year to overcome and even so much as venture out again at all).

(spoiler show)

  However, I have decidedly more of a problem empathizing with her for throwing a major fit every time Strike doesn't go to the end of the world to treat her as a full-fledged partner -- and for her coming within an inch of fatally jeopardizing both her own and Strike's lives, not to mention his work, on several separate occasions as a result; not least towards the very end.  For an army / MP veteran with 15+ years of experience on the job as an investigator to accord that kind of equality to an untrained temp secretary who'd started in his office barely over a year earlier would be a ludicrous expectation under any circumstances, but even more so after she had repeatedly failed to follow his orders, thinking (wrongly) that she knew better, with disastrous consequences every single time. And no, Robin, you don't get to chalk that one up to your experience in university, horrific as it doubtless was.  Because this isn't a matter of anyone denying you your basic, inviolate human dignity -- it's a matter of (un)realistic expectations, plain and simple; and if you did have even the most marginal claim to the position to which you aspire on the job, this would be the first thing you'd realize.  I don't doubt that your experience created major insecurity issues, but if those are truly still overwhelming to this degree, Strike is even more justified than he is, anyway, on the basis of your lack of training and repeated misconduct, in not treating you as an equal partner.  For him to be able to do that -- and trust you with the blind assurance that true partnership in a dangerous job such as the pursuit of violent criminals would have to entail -- you would have had to demonstrate that such trust on his part would be justified.  You, however, have demonstrated the precise opposite.

And I can empathize even less with Robin for her petty bit of revenge on Strike at the very end, getting married to Matthew after all -- not because she's determined she really loves him and he is the man in her life now and forever, but simply to get back at Strike for sacking her ... for what had been her most blatant act of stupidity and professional misconduct yet.  I hope by the time we get to the beginning of the next book, which it turns out is due to be published sometime soon now, she's got a grip on herself.  And if her marriage had gone to hell in a handbasket in the interim, I wouldn't feel particularly sorry for her -- you don't marry for revenge, period.  Even less so a guy who you've realized is the wrong guy for you to begin with and to whom you're only clinging for sentimental reasons now (as you're very well aware, too).

(spoiler show)

So anyway, minus one star for Robin's temper tantrums, but full marks, as always, for the writing and for Strike's character development -- as well as for introducing us to a guy named Shanker, who I very much hope is going to make a reappearance or two in the future.  The serial killer plot isn't of the ingenious, never-seen-before-new variety, but more than merely competently executed, and I've also had quite a bit of fun touring Northern England and the Scottish borderland with Strike (and, in part, Robin) on the hunt for the killer.

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text 2017-12-26 11:05
5 Must-Read Books That Will Boost Your Career

According to the perception of the express employment professionals, the best way to build your personal career is through reading expansively. Read good books that will help inspire you and develop your career. Here are five books that you should do your best to read in the near future that will tremendously boost your career and help you enjoy your current job or help to find a job or switch careers.


1.     “Designing Your Life” by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans

Designing Your Life

“Designing Your Life”  is widely acknowledged among the lovers of personal development books for the working population. The book was authored by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans, professors in charge of design programs at Stanford University. The book focuses on the way to build a properly lived and joyful life. It is mainly based on the wildly popular approach on the manner in which design principles are leveraged to develop a more satisfying career and life. Burnett and Evans’s program is dedicated to helping undergrads. However, the course and the book, in general, is similarly of much greater usefulness to people of all ages. ‘Design Your Life’ is among the top reads that are featured in Forbes.


The book is built on the principle that you cannot simply think your ways ahead, but you should also build these ways as you approach your destiny. The book also explains how to carry out life design interviews as one of the quickest means to test your ideas. The book skillfully explains the five-step life-design approach to boost your career. The approach includes being curious, trying things, reframing your problems, understanding it is a process and asking for help. Finally, the authors demonstrate how to put all the design process phases into action.


2.     “Pivot: The Only Move That Matters is Your Next One” by Jenny Blake

Pivot The Only Move That Matters

The Pivot is among the top career development books for any worker who wishes to excel in 2017. The book was written by Jenny Blake who is both a career coach and former Google employee in charge of development management. It is a great book to read especially if you don’t intend to change your career, but you just wish to improve and do something new at your workplace, boost your career and perhaps get a raise or promotion. The Pivot Method explained in the book entails a four-stage process that is meant to enable a career person craft a personal vision, understand their strengths and establish ways to close the gap between the current state of affairs and the grand goal.

The most intriguing thing about Blake’s book is that it just doesn’t offer a theory but include a number of practical exercises, strategies, and worksheets that are culled from her coaching classes. Blake’s work includes a range of personal development books for women who wish to start mastermind groups. She offers brainstorming options, support and ways to monitor personal accountability when taking new career directions.


3.     “Reinvention Roadmap” by Liz Ryan

reinvention roadmap

The book is authored by Liz Ryan; the CEO of Human Workplace, a firm that specializes in career advisory. The book focuses on the rules to getting the job you wish as well as the career you deserve. “Reinvention Roadmap”  is among the most widely read coaching books on LinkedIn and Forbes.com within the past 24months. The book is an outstanding guide for any individual intending to break free from a career rut or even those wishing to change jobs.  

The book clearly highlights what needs to do to get noticed and win a job or promotion. Ryan is one of the best career coaches who advise on how to get passed the black hole job application system.  She says that the personal power in the hiring equation is the potential to pinpoint and resolve the Business Pain in the firm.


4.     Born for This” by Chris Guillebeau

Born for This

“Born for This”  was written by Chris Guillebeau, a popular bestselling author. The book focuses on the ways to find the perfect work you were destined to do. It is a captivating action-oriented book that will answer your most dominant and disturbing question: “What follows?” It is among the best books to open your mind and help reach for what you were meant to do.

The book is categorized into two parts: Section one highlights features that will enable you to understand what you want as well as help you to mine it: the second section entails questions, tactics, and strategies that will help you implement the lessons in real life. It is among the few professional development books that offer a 3600 approach on how to chase your dreams and hit the mark.


5.     “Build Your Dream Network” by J. Kelly Hoey

Build Your Dream Network

This book was authored by J. Kelly Hoey, and it is all about forging powerful associations in the current globalized world.  It is a desirable guide that will help you build meaningful connections and transformative relations both on the internet and in the normal world. It is ranked among the top ten confidence building books in 2017.

Hoey’s work can help you improve your strategies to achieve career success. She advises that you require maneuvering seamlessly from one networking room to another, understanding that your most connected and useful communications may take place when you meet people face-to-face or just when you interact via social media platforms.


In Conclusion


Developing a personal career is not only an option for those willing to build their job but also a mandatory measure for those willing to secure a stable future. It is essential that you read best books on confidence, networking, and career choices in order to be informed and be able to make the best personal choices and plan better.


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review 2017-09-21 02:00
Strike was investigating a mystery of a woman's leg sent to his office
Career of Evil - Robert Galbraith

Reading this for Terrifying women. 


And it is better than I thought. 


A leg was sent to Strike' office and was addressed to Robin, his assistant. 


Who would send a leg to him? And is the leg's owner still alive?


25% finished and it is not even close to getting to who he is.


But the threat is there, and it is following Robin.


Not much is happening yet. A lot of talking and meeting and information gathering. With the sideline story of Robin preparing for her wedding.


Liking it so far. 


Robin turned out to be quite capable. Strike is sort of capable but not really good at expressing himself.


Still a pretty decent story. 

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review 2017-09-18 04:51
Camel Combat Ace: The Great War Flying Career of Edwin Swale CBE OBE DFC* - Barry M Marsden

"CAMEL COMBAT ACE" is a fine, well-written book about a singularly remarkable man, Edwin Swale. Hailing from a middle-class background in Northern England, Swale joined the Royal Naval Air Service (RNAS) in October 1917. He completed his flight and gunnery training by early March 1918. Shortly thereafter, he was shipped to France and was assigned to No. 10 Squadron, RNAS, which soon became caught up in trying to stem the German offensive. 

Later that spring, with the creation of the Royal Air Force (RAF) from the amalgamation of the RNAS and the Royal Flying Corps (RFC), No. 10 Squadron RNAS - now redesignated No. 210 Squadron RAF - was very active along the front. Swale was involved in a lot of dangerous, low level attack missions against German troops in the field and other military installations behind the lines. The book provides considerable detail on Swale's combat service, which - aside from one spell of leave in Britain - lasted through October 1918, by which time he had shot down 17 German planes in aerial combat, survived a number of close calls, and had been promoted to Captain and placed in command of a flight of Sopwith Camels. 

After the war, Swale would marry, have a family, and assume responsibility for the family business. The book shows, with the insertion of some excerpts from Swale's autobiography, that he was a restless man with considerable energies and interests. With the outbreak of the Second World War, he rejoined the RAF and spent the war working in intelligence. 

This book was both interesting and easy to read. Plus it has lots of photos showing Swale (at various periods of his life) and his family.

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review 2017-09-07 00:00
Career of Evil
Career of Evil - Robert Galbraith Good novel and build up. Kept me guessing between the suspects throughout. I did eventually start thinking it was Laing toward the end. Was a little disappointed in Robin getting married. Really thought her and Strike may get together. Liked the vivid imagery of the towns they went and visited.
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