Goodreads Challenge Update: Short Takes

Falling a little behind this month: Busy, Seasonal Allergies, RA Flare-ups- Lots of excuses.

Then to top it all off, got a couple books read that I really didn’t like or can’t go into depth on:

Invisible Selling Machine

Invisible Selling Machine

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I Subscribe to Ryan Deiss’s marketing email list and have for awhile. While kind-of spammy, he does offer enough decent product to keep me on the list. So, when he offered this new book free to subscribers, I jumped on it. What it is is basically a list of email templates, showing you how to set up a campaign to sell a product. And while it promises to be effective, reading 40 hard sell emails in a row, along with the reasoning and technique behind them, will destroy whatever faith in humanity you might have. I gave this a 3-star review, but continue to page through it finding new insights.

Lost City of the Monkey God

The Lost City of the Monkey God: A True Story

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Man, I expected more from this book. Douglas Preston writes some great pulp adventure novels and this true-life adventure seemed like it was going to rock. However….It’s weirdly boring, and the pulp elements are grafted onto this “true” story so obviously that it just reads like he’s trying too hard. The “Lost” city was supposedly known for awhile, only being confirmed by LIDAR mapping in 2012. Preston makes a big deal about the valley being untouched by man, which doesn’t appear to be true. And the Deadly Tropical Disease the expedition comes down with seems unbelievable. Sure, it’s dangerous, but much is made about it when it’s just another deadly tropical disease. Preston makes every little detail seem mysterious and sinister like it was from one of his books, and I ain’t buying it. He would have been better off just telling the real story.

Wonders of the Invisible World

Wonders of the Invisible World

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Chris Barzak is a local writer I’ve followed since the publication of his first novel, “One for Sorrow”, filmed as “Jamie Marks is Dead”. He works with a strong magical realism bent and has been nominated for a nebula. He also teaches at YSU and is my advisor for the MFA. Because of this, I finally read his latest, and love it and gave it five stars, but don’t feel comfortable reviewing it. But if you like your YA a little on the fantasy side ( if a little dark), go ahead and check it out. It’s worth it.

Originally published at Byzantine Roads.

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