I started out this month with a dive into the past, rereading more Valdemar books by Mercedes Lackey. Take a Thief is a standalone and I was supposed to stop there. But that led me into the Mage Winds Trilogy - Winds of Fate, Winds of Change, Winds of Fury - and then into its sequel the Mage Storms Trilogy - Storm Warning, Storm Rising, Storm Breaking. I appreciated the complexity of the politics involved in these later books a little more than I had last time and was especially interested in the implications of the fantastical religions Lackey created. Mostly I just reread them because I enjoyed them.
Salsa, Soul, and Spirit by Juana Bordas
This was a very interesting concept - to build a book around the leadership principles held in common by the best of the Native American, African American, and Asian cultures. And the author was definitely qualified to write it. Some were things I'd seen discussed before in the mainstream, but one really stood out. That was the idea that individuals are called from the community to lead and do not take it on themselves as a career choice. Yes, I remember seeing it in historical literature, but not in business literature. I'll definitely be rereading it.
Creative License by Danny Gregory
I had wanted this book for awhile, so when I saw it in the used book store I grabbed it up. It was a bit of an odd reading experience because of the all-caps font used that seems to be based on Gregory's actual handwriting.
It did inspire me. I took out my art for the first time in a while and thought about how, maybe, just maybe, I could actually fit it into my life.
The book itself was visually appealing and worth diving into. You're not getting quick creativity tips here. You're going on a journey that will take a little while. One that will have you drawing, journaling, and essentially being an artist. If you choose to accept the actions he suggests, of course.
Dragon America by Mike Resnick
Okay, I couldn't resist the idea of a North America cut off from the rest of the world and with dragons, or maybe they were really dinosaurs. I thought that their use was effectively woven into the story of the American Revolution and I enjoyed the characters and the way the story was broken up into different perspectives.
The 80/20 Principle by Richard Koch
The principle is powerful but I didn't really get into the book itself. It was kind of dry and repetitive. I kept it as a reference, to refer to later, but don't feel any pull to actually try reading it again.
Marketing Metrics by Paul W. Farris et. al.
This was a truly miserable book to actually read through, despite the use of stories and examples. But it's a wonderful reference book and I'll not be parting from it as I expect to pore over portions relevant to future endeavors.
Nano Nature by Richard Jones
The images are gorgeous, although it's a bit odd seeing scanning electron microscope images rendered in such stunning color. That's not something that will bother anyone who hasn't spent a semester or more looking at the original versions.
I love the comparison of close-up photo to ultra-close-up. Having the full-size images and then compiling the text on pages with small versions to remind you of the topic of discussion was a great formatting choice. The information included about the natural world was interesting and well-written also.
Dawn of the Dreadfuls by Steve Hockensmith
I liked it. I thought this prequel to Pride and Prejudice and Zombies kept well the flavor of what was spoken and what was not spoken in Pride and Prejudice. The story was interesting in and of itself and the characterizations definitely appropriate. I believe I read that the publisher is also planning a sequel and I'll look forward to that one too.
On the Nightstand:
The New Rules of Marketing and PR, Personal History, Green to Gold