Category Archives: Books

Book Review: Gung Ho!

It’s a 1998 book on management written in the form of fiction, by Ken Blanchard and Sheldon Bowles (Blanchard, with various collaborators, is behind the very successful One Minute Manager books). So how does this fit in with the whole idea … Continue reading

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Book Review: “Strike Back” by Chris Ryan

It would be easy to say that the mere act of reviewing a novel based around a kidnapping by Middle Eastern terrorists seems to carry more weight today than it would have done before the events of Wednesday on Westminster Bridge. Easy, … Continue reading

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Book Review: “Wildfire” by Chris Ryan

Another trip to the (apparently) bottomless well that is macho literature. Well, in this case, it’s more “teen adventure” than macho, since “Wildfire”, published in 2006, is a young adult novel. The author has impeccably manly credentials, though. For anyone who’s … Continue reading

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Book review: “Market Forces” by Richard Morgan

It sounds like the dullest Economics textbook ever, but it’s a novel, and this is part of my ongoing series about macho literature. As Market Forces came out in 2004, you’ll probably have to scour libraries, second-hand bookshops or Ebay for it, … Continue reading

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Book Review:”Crash” by J.G. Ballard

“I’ve had enough, enough of you/enough to last a lifetime through.” When the reviewer’s reaction to finishing Crash, the novel, are those lines from Crash, the pop song by The Primitives, you might be forgiven for expecting a scathingly negative … Continue reading

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Book Review:Khaki Lit

I posted a while back about the peculiar sub-genre that is Doorman Lit,  a sub-genre of which it seems I may be the only reader (or at any rate, the only one who’s publicly prepared to admit to reading it). Military … Continue reading

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Chinese civilisation: an idiot’s guide

And, in a shocking development for this blog, the headline on this post is…not quite the full story. You see, normally “an idiot’s guide” implies a well-read expert giving simply-written guidance on the subject of their expertise to the idiot in … Continue reading

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