Books Read in November 2010

Invictus by John Carlin

I admit I picked up the book because of the movie, but the story in the movie is addressed only in the second half of the book. The first half sets up the backstory and the depth of the conflict that led up to making the cricket world cup such a symbol. I hadn't been particularly familiar with South African history and my respect for Mandela increased even more with deeper understanding. I was also intrigued by how he was able to meet disagreement and hatred with simple statements about knowing that everyone involved wanted to come to a good conclusion and so forth. 

Writing for Story by Jon Franklin

An in-depth look into how to craft an interesting non-fiction piece. I'll be returning to the craft elements here again because I expect to be using them. The book was a great combination of practical example discussed in detail and overarching principles to consider analytically. 

The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan

A fun start to a new arc about the modern Greek demi-gods. I liked that one of the characters was a son of Hephaestus and how that worked out. It appealed to the engineer in me. And the premise of there being a Roman set to match the Greek is so obvious, but only after it's brought up. I'm looking forward to seeing how it all turns out.

Soft Selling in a Hard World by Jerry Vass

Useful book. Need to gather the tips here and in other sales books I have to help approach my new job. I've pulled some of them out to reread.

How to Think Like Leonardo Da Vinci by Michael J. Gelb

Very good. It reminded of what I heard recently about putting a structure to a set of ideas is a way of adding value. There was a good balance of biography, philosophy, and practical exercises to stretch your own creativity. 

Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire

Urban fantasy with a half-fae private investigator. Very much in the current vogue of strong female characters with complicated lives but I liked the writing and the problems and premises were different. I intend to get the next two in the series when I can.


I've been reading more comics and more magazines as well, as I usually do. I restarted my subscription to Business Week and ordered a Kindle, which will be my one Christmas present this year. Although I will definitely not be waiting until Christmas to open the box!