Books Read in June 2011

Under the Dragon Flag by James Allan

A personal account of a sailor who lived through the Chino-Japanese War. It was short and free on Kindle but worth it as a glimpse into another time.

Murder a la Mode by G.A. McKevett

Fluffy and amusing mystery novel I got for free on Kindle. I enjoyed it, but not enough to pay money for the others about the same crime solvers.

Shaping Space by Paul Zelanski and Mary Pat Fisher

I'd never really read much about sculpture as it was not an art form I spent time on, but this was a great look into the principles of design applied to three dimensions. It was probably a text book at one point, since it had suggested studio exercises included, but it didn't feel like one when I was reading it.

A Passion for Excellence by Nancy Austin and Tom Peters

I loved this book even though its classic predecessor hadn't impressed me. It was densely packed with illustrative stories and ways to implement a range of ideas. I will definitely need to read again.

Headhunter Hiring Secrets by Skip Freeman. Michael Garee, and Michael Little

An interesting and inspiring look at the job market. While it is structured for the person who is actively looking, it's a great read for the person who is not looking but wants to be the kind of employee that has recruiters calling them. 

Great Thinkers by James Mannion

A themed collection of somewhat simplistic biographies. Good enough to finish, but that's about it.

Shadow's Son by Jon Sprunk

I bought this from a local author at a convention and had him sign it. I really enjoyed it and intend to keep following the trilogy. I can see why a couple reviewers complained that it contained too many conventions, but there was enough that was different and well done to be well worthwhile.

Dating a Cougar, Dating Dr. Notorious, and Dating a Saint by Donna McDonald

I almost never read romances anymore, although I did back in high school, but the first of these was on my free Kindle books feed and I couldn't resist. They're about men and women from their late thirties through to early fifties. And they were good solid characters who had lived life in various ways. I'm only thirty-four but the idea resonated with me.

The Art of Asking by Terry J. Fadem

This book was very much directed to a manager's role in asking better questions, yet many of the ideas are relevant across the board. They will definitely be worthwhile for any type of individual contributor collaborative position as well. I'll be studying this one again.

The Art of Client Service by Robert Solomon

These short stories of wisdom about being an advertising account agency apply to many service type and consulting type businesses. He points out that there's nothing surprising here, but he intends it as an inspiration and reference for remembering to actually DO it and not just know it.

The Greatest Knight by Elizabeth Chadwick

It was briefly free on Kindle and I picked it up, since I recognized the author. I absolutely loved the story of this complex and successful man in a tulmultuous era of English history. It was only half of William Marshal's life though, so now I need to decide if I'm going to pick up the sequel - Scarlet Lion.

Song of the Beast by Carol Berg

Compelling fantasy novel. The initial mystery is ruined by the Amazon reviews, but I hadn't read them first, so I didn't know it when I started. I'd picked the book up because I knew the author from other works. I appreciated the slow reveal and unfolding of this motivation and that and the human frailty coexisting with strength of the main character. Definitely a keeper for me and the author's web page says it will be re-released in oversized paperback at the end of the year.

Paul of Dune by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson

Involving and intriguing. I liked seeing into Paul's mind as he was following up in his victory on Dune. I won't be keeping it to reread, but may pick up some more of these non-Frank books at the library. I actually hadn't gotten around to reading any of them before.

Side note: Halfway through the year and I've read 57 books, which is in keeping with the pace of the last two years.