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Trainjack: Preview Part I (English Edition)
Trainjack: Preview Part I (English Edition)
Preis: EUR 3,27

4.0 von 5 Sternen Short and hard to stop reading, 30. Juni 2015
‘Trainjack: Preview Part I’ written by David Alexander is a booklet not thick in its scope, but work that certainly draws attention with the unusual combination of motives and author’s style – the result is thrilling ride through the unknown that lasts short, but will keep reader entertained all the time.

Though I would not disclose the story in order not to spoil the entertainment - in the center of the story is one NYPD detective who will be recruited by a brother in arms, a French cop, and soon will get caught up in the something bigger than he could dream of, a crime of the century.

With a few unexpected twists and turns, Alexander is going to take reader for a short, but entertaining ride and one can only hope Part II will be soon released in order for reader to find out what happened next.

Though it’s matter of personal taste, in my opinion with ‘Trainjack’ David Alexander managed to create a completely different experience, an appealing and intriguing title that is hard to stop reading.

I was given a copy of this book by the author for the purpose of unbiased review, while all the presented information is based on my impressions.


The Wealthy Family (English Edition)
The Wealthy Family (English Edition)
Preis: EUR 8,92

4.0 von 5 Sternen Gives framework useful for the individual to fix own finances, 30. Juni 2015
B. Chase Chandler with his work ‘The Wealthy Family’ managed to create a book that is much more than a book about the money – the author’s knowledge and rich experience will be useful for the improvement of the whole life, mostly financial part.

B. Chase Chandler is a man of business, investor and finance writer. As the founder of Chandler Advisors, a financial consulting firm focused on unconventional strategies, and E3 Management, a holding company, and TheFallofLogic.com, he is more than just man of theory.

His career in the financial industry began with one of the world's largest investment management firms, and soon he realized that the 'conventional' financial strategies being sold to the public often weren't in their best interest. Since then, Chandler tries to help teach, research, and write about effective financial management strategies; both for individuals, their families and institutions.

Therefore I can recommend his book ‘The Wealthy Family’ for ordinary people, because the author with his book gave framework useful for the individual to fix own finances – a plan that is full of potential.

This was the first time I encounter with B. Chase Chandler’s work, but after reading this one, I certainly plan to read his other books, as well.

I was given a copy of this book by the publisher for the purpose of unbiased review, while all the presented information is based on my impressions.


We Don't Need Roads: The Making of the Back to the Future Trilogy
We Don't Need Roads: The Making of the Back to the Future Trilogy
von Caseen Gaines
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 13,93

4.0 von 5 Sternen Wealth of information and unknown details, 29. Juni 2015
‘We Don't Need Roads’ by Caseen Gaines is a book that will have appeal on all the fans of highly popular ‘Back to the future’ trilogy – a work that was properly released just in time for the movie 30th anniversary.

The main reason is wealth of information that can be found inside, mainly about the first movie installment. Therefore reader will learn about the background of Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale, and especially interesting topic, unknown for many fans - the dilemma about the main actor. Both Bobs – the two most important persons - wanted MJ Fox but given that he was occupied with ‘Family Ties’, they turned to Eric Stoltz.

Though great actor, Stoltz was not the best choice for Marty that eventually led to reestablishing relations with MJ – and the rest is history.

Fans will enjoy many interviews found within the book, together with some unknown details even for the die-hard fans (such as incident of stunt woman that almost got her killed during the shooting of legendary hoverboard scene in second movie).

The other things book discusses are replacing Crispin Glover in episode 2 and 3, the movies’ soundtracks, big expectations from episode 2 and 3 after initial success and legacy of the whole trilogy.

The only things missing are actual interviews with MJ, Mary Steenburgen, Crispin Glover and Tom Wilson that would make this book even better.

Still, after reading this book, I could not help myself watching again whole movie trilogy and though 30 years had passed, these are movies that still manage to highly entertain. Therefore, if you are BTTF fan or just like to read movie trivia, you should not miss this one.


Rarity from the Hollow (English Edition)
Rarity from the Hollow (English Edition)
Preis: EUR 5,75

4.0 von 5 Sternen Saving the universe, 29. Juni 2015
‘Rarity from the Hollow’ written by Robert Eggleton, to be fully honest, was much more than expected and a great read – semi-autobiographical literary work full of beautiful and ugly things, adventure, romance, pain and humor.

Lacy Dawn, a young girl from West Virginia, is a very intelligent 11 years old girl who is living a nightmare of life. Surrounded with poverty and parents that are abusing and neglecting her, Lacy can be happy that she is still alive. Lacy’s father, a Gulf War veteran suffering from PTSD, is beating Lacy and her mother, an under-educated woman unable to protect her child.

Lacy Dawn is going to meet an unusual creature – an android called DotCom, who will inform her that it is up to Lacy to save the entire universe. Lacy Dawn, together with her friends and family will embark on the journey trying to discover what is endangering the universe and is there a way how to deal with it…

The author, in the beginning of his book, introduces reader to the hyper realistic world – what comes next is the story combined of several genres’ motives, with lot of humor, science fiction elements, with few twists and turns making ‘Rarity From the Hollow’ a very appealing read for various readers.

On the other hand, it should be clearly said, this is not a book that everyone will love, mainly because of its beginning that will be too painful for some to read. My recommendation for parents is not to encourage children reading of this book, because of some disturbing scenes and events that could be difficult to bear even for adult reader.

Eggleton offers very good pace, keeping the reader occupied through whole of its duration succeeding from the start to deliver an exciting story, well-crafted characters put into well-conceived world. Therefore, his book can be recommended to the fans of SF, drama and suspense genre that are searching for something to read from the skillful author, still unknown.

I was given a copy of this book by the author for the purpose of unbiased review, while all the presented information is based on my impressions.


In Search of the Next P.O.T.U.S.: One Woman's Quest to Fix Washington
In Search of the Next P.O.T.U.S.: One Woman's Quest to Fix Washington
von Judy Frankel
  Taschenbuch

5.0 von 5 Sternen There is a third way, 29. Juni 2015
‘In Search of the Next P.O.T.U.S.’ by Judy Frankel tells the story about a mission that seems almost impossible to undertake – provide the prerequisites for U.S. Congress to start working as it should.

Judy Frankel is political activist, founder of writeindependent.org – an interactive federal elections website, public speaker and person with a sense what democracy should look like. With her book and her activism in general, Frankel tries to motivate public to get money out of the politics and fight for healthy water, soil, air – for freedom.

Though Frankel with her book may look like a David fighting against several Goliaths at once, we all know how the Biblical story ended. She shows the ways how to combat corruption in U.S. Congress, in same time showing the path how to find the right person to be next POTUS (President of the United States) who will lead US into the better future.

Frankel introduces her six-point plan for improving the U.S. government to make it more responsive to Americans and it was great thing to see that the first point of her plan (use a well-designed, interactive website to review candidates’ platforms, ask them questions via debates, and engage in solutions) she already almost did with her website.

As she nicely said, whether you consider yourself Republican, Democrat, Libertarian, Independent, Occupier, Tea Partier, Undecided or Green – my recommendation would be to read her book ‘In Search of the Next POTUS’ that will make you think and show you there is a third way.

I was given a copy of this book by the author for the purpose of unbiased review, while all the presented information is based on my impressions.


I Will Take A Nap! (An Elephant and Piggie Book)
I Will Take A Nap! (An Elephant and Piggie Book)
von Mo Willems
  Gebundene Ausgabe
Preis: EUR 9,54

5.0 von 5 Sternen Willems doesn’t lose the inspiration for creating simple, though great titles for children,, 28. Juni 2015
‘I Will Take A Nap!’ written and illustrated by Mo Willems, a worldwide known children book author and three time winner of Caldecott Award, is the new, 23rd installment in ‘An Elephant and Piggie’ series. This time the book theme is napping – Willems telling a story what happens when someone wants to take a break, and the other would not like to interrupt playing even for a second.

Our known acquaintance Gerald the Elephant wants to take a nap, though Piggie does not like that idea. Gerald will try to explain why he needs a nap (otherwise he will be in bad mood) that will help him feeling better.

Elephant and Piggie would start arguing and suddenly Piggie will say that now she does not feel good and needs a nap. They two will try to take a nap together, but Piggie’s snoring will not be very helpful for Gerald sleeping. Will the cranky Elephant in the end be able to fall asleep?

Willems, with each new installment of long lasting series for children, again manages to introduce original theme and speaks about it in great style suitable for kids. In this book, using his two charming familiar characters Willems emphasizes how important is to respect other people needs, even when it comes to napping.

As someone who is for long time enjoying ‘An Elephant and Piggie’ series it is always refreshing to see how with each installment this great author doesn’t lose the inspiration for creating simple, though great titles for children.

Therefore ‘I Will Take A Nap!’ is another Willems funny and educating work for kids, that will be equally enjoyed by children (I would say 4 years old and above) and their parents.

In the company of Elephant and Piggie you simply cannot avoid to have great time, either reading their adventures to your children or listen to them read for themselves, and therefore I can highly recommend this book and whole Mo Willems series.


Summary & Analysis of Sejal Badani's Trail of Broken Wings
Summary & Analysis of Sejal Badani's Trail of Broken Wings
Wird angeboten von Audible GmbH

5.0 von 5 Sternen Instaread makes already known great books even more appealing, 28. Juni 2015
Summary & Analysis of ‘Trail of Broken Wings’ written by Sejal Badani and prepared by Instaread was a great chance for me to once again enjoy in this beautiful book – this time in much shorter and summarized version.

Though so far I had chance to read several Instaread books, in my opinion this one is the best – beside it managed to awake same feelings as the original book, I would recommend its reading even to those that had read Badani’s work in order to have chance to study all the details about the story that you may overlooked previously.

There are lot of people who spend their free time on reading, having enough will and patience to go through the literary works hundreds of pages long, such as this one that has almost 400. In same time, there are many people, probably much more, that doesn’t have enough time for reading or will to spend lot of time in company of a book. Those people can be happy because of the summarized books edition existence that will enable them to enjoy and become familiar with the literary masterpieces.

This book can be split into two main sections – the first one, called Summary, will present reader the important characters appearing in ‘Trail of Broken Wings’, while the second part offers the Analysis part, discussing the relationships between protagonists, the book themes, and as nice addition, the author’s style.

As I wrote for some other summarized book edition, I’m more than sure that many people after reading this skillfully made summary will decide to read the actual full book version, intrigued by the content; for others, either if they don’t plan to read it or already had read it, this summarized edition will be an excellent reminder or reference.

Though I’m not the type of person targeted for this kind of books, makes me very happy to share pleasant experience of this booklet reading - and if you don’t have enough time or chance to read full book version, this ‘Summary & Analysis’ edition is the closest you can get to the original Sejal Badani work.

This is the reason why I can highly recommend both this book and the whole Instaread series - for making already known great books even more appealing.

I was given a copy of this book by the publisher for the purpose of unbiased review, while all the presented information is based on my impressions.


Goal Setting 101: How to Set and Achieve a Goal
Goal Setting 101: How to Set and Achieve a Goal
von Gary Ryan Blair
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 7,33

4.0 von 5 Sternen Good but will leave you asking for more, 28. Juni 2015
‘Goal Setting 101’ after ‘The Ten Commandments of Goal Setting’ is second book written by Gary Ryan Blair I read. Again, it’s concise, quick and easy to read introduction to goal setting subject that regardless of thin scope manages to offer few helpful advices.

The author starts his book with important statement – “achievements and accomplishments do not happen accidentally. They are result of clearly defined goals acted upon until completion. Goals determine what you will or will not become or accomplish.”

Basically, in these three sentences the whole Ryan Blair’s book can be summarized – he discusses careful planning, thoughtful strategy and faithful execution that are main factors required for success. His book addresses the fundamentals of setting and achieving a goal, while offered book self-paced format will encourage reader to become personally involved.

Ryan Blair divided his book in four main parts:
- The Fundamentals of Success
- Plan Your Way to Success
- Execute Your Way to Success
- Manage Your Way to Success

each of them additionally divided into sub-chapters that can be seen as tasks or questions that one needs to answer before going forward.

Few books manage to teach reader in so few pages how to think, plan, execute, manage and celebrate way to success - Ryan Blair with his thin booklet certainly is on the right path, though you will come to an end too fast and ask for more.

And exactly that fact is the only drawback that I can say about the book – I’m sure it would be even better if twice or triple its size.

Still, the same thing I said for ‘The Ten Commandments of Goal Setting’ I can repeat here - as quick and interesting intro to the subject of goal setting, both books written by Gary Ryan Blair can be highly recommended.

I was given a copy of this book by the author for the purpose of unbiased review, while all the presented information is based on my impressions.


The Land of Stories: A Grimm Warning
The Land of Stories: A Grimm Warning
von Chris Colfer
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 7,53

5.0 von 5 Sternen Easily loved because of great mix of adventure, fantasy and humor, 27. Juni 2015
'A Grimm Warning' written by Chris Colfer is the third installment in his 'The Land of Stories' series which introduced twins Alex and Conner Bailey who received for their twelfth birthday book that has been in possession of their family for a long time – a special collection of fairy tales 'The Land of Stories'.

First Alex and then Connor will enter the world described in the book which will be in same time strange and different, on the other hand familiar, full of characters from known tales for children – escaped evil Queen, Goldilocks and the pack of deceased bad wolf. And while the twins embarked on the journey trying to find a way home using "The Wishing Spell", they will encounter many magical creatures and experience a lot of adventures...

Though I don't want to spoil the fun for those people who have not read the previous two installments, in third part of this exciting series - after the adventure with Enchantress who cursed Sleeping Beauty and had kidnapped their mother - twins will discover mysterious clue left by the famous fairy tales writers - Brothers Grimm. This time their mission will be partly in real world, but when the Land of Stories will be put into danger, brother and sister will have to unite with those both good and bad in order to save both worlds...

The author of this series, Chris Colfer, is very versatile man, though it was surprising to me how with each part of his series, I liked more and more his rich and descriptive writing style which allows reader to be easily drawn into the action and become part of the fun and exciting story.

Though the third part of the series can be read as stand-alone story, those who had enjoyed previous two parts will be able to even more enjoy this one, and two additional sequels that are planned to be released following year.

Though children are its main audience, this series will be easily loved by adult readers because they offer great mix of adventure, fantasy and humor what will make this series appealing for all those who have read at least one of its parts. Therefore, big recommendations for this book and to the whole series.


Summary and Analysis of Ashlee Vance's Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future
Summary and Analysis of Ashlee Vance's Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future
von Instaread
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 6,64

5.0 von 5 Sternen Concise style and the wealth of information, 27. Juni 2015
Summary & Analysis of ‘Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future’ written by Ashlee Vance and prepared by Instaread was another chance for me to read the short and summarized version of original book – the feeling was the same, impression equally good and I have to congratulate this booklet authors for the great job they did.

There are lot of people out there that devote their free time to reading, having enough will and time to go through the books with hundreds of pages, such as this one with 400 of them. Though, to be honest, there are many more people that simply don’t have enough time for reading or ability to focus on reading something for long period of time. For this second group of people the summarized version of Ashlee Vance's book will be more than welcomed.

This book can be split into two main sections – in first one, called Summary, reader will be introduced with the important people that appear in ‘Elon Musk’, while the second part offers the Analysis, discussing the main protagonists, their relationships, book themes, and as nice addition, the author’s style.

As I wrote for previous summarized book versions, I’m more than sure fairly significant number of people after reading this great summary will decide to read actual full version of book, intrigued by the content; for others, this short summarized version will be reference good enough, either as an introduction to the topic or as a starting point for creating a school paper or some professional work.

I am happy to say, though I’m not the target audience for this kind of books, this is another nicely done summary edition of one important book, and if you don’t have enough time to read full book version, you simply cannot miss with this ‘Summary & Analysis’ edition – highly recommended because of its concise style and the amount of information offered on such small number of pages.

I was given a copy of this book by the publisher for the purpose of unbiased review, while all the presented information is based on my impressions.


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