Friday, August 19, 2011

Killer Web Content by Gerry McGovern

On the fence initially with this one. First 4 chapters were dull and uninformative.  Chapters 5 to finish, very detailed and explosive with information.  Killer Web Content by Gerry McGovern is a definite read if you are a beginner blogger, especially if you are first exploring the internet looking to sell products, services, or just information.
Gerry McGovern has taken web lingo and has turned it into common speech for the everyday internet enthusiast-brilliantly explained in the second half of the book.For all you experts, who need a little direction and advice, utilize this book to help you navigate towards a new and exciting direction with web content functionality.  
Initially thought I had wasted $8.00 dollars from a use book store, but after reading, I feel like I cheated them.
Must read if you are just starting out writing content for the web. If you are a seasoned veteran, definite read for a refresher course on why you are on the web in the first place.  Mr. McGovern has explained web content and its benefit for all websites in a clear and concise way…excellent.
Pick up at a used book-store, new book store, or anywhere you can get your hands on this book.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Beautiful. Thrilling. Wow. Excellent work of Fiction. 
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon is the purest definition of a great story. This tale follows the young son of a book dealer in post-WWII Barcelona, Spain, as a city heals from war. Daniel, who tries to find his way after the loss of his mother, stumbles on a book titled; The Shadow of the Wind and sets of on a journey fraught with tragic twists and turns that eventually lead him on an adventure much like the story caught between the pages of the book.
He sets out to unravel the truth surrounding the author, Julian Carfax’s , and why almost every published work of fiction that he has ever written, has mysteriously been burned by a man who is rumored to be a character right out of the authors work. Daniel uncovers a dark secret surrounding Barcelona, the city he loves, as well as embarks on a collision course with destiny that may have already been written for him.
Must read, cannot emphasize it enough. If you want to be lost in the world of intrigue, imagination and the promise of genuine good story-telling, pick up a copy of The Shadow of the Wind.

Monday, August 8, 2011

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

One, three syllable word best describes The Help; Wonderful!  Kathryn Stockett has reminded us about the difficulties of life for a black woman working as the hired help living in Jackson, Mississippi during the civil rights movement.  
This poignant tale of fiction is wickedly funny and jaw-dropping serious. This heartfelt story is about 3 women from opposite sides of the track and how they decide to take a dangerous stance and expose a dirty secret of white society during a difficult time in our nation’s history.
A must read for everyone. The Help is by far, an exciting story from all sides of the spectrum-entertaining and inspiring, this beautiful work of fiction can teach us that what can divide us, can also bring us closer together.
5 JAGS...a definite book club contender.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Bossy Pants by Tina Fey

Funny, but disappointing-expected more slap-stick laughs and SNL humor, but instead Tina Fey offers a glance into what helped her achieve the status of one of Saturday Night Lives funniest females. Long in parts and humorless rants that read like she is the only one who gets the joke, Bossy Pants falls short of what is expected by such a funny individual.

We are introduced to the family, friends and awkward moments that have help shaped Tina Fey and her climb to the top of one of the highest paid female comedians, while being reminded that even the funniest people come from the most stable of lives.

Wait to borrow from friend or pick up from a flea market, Bossy Pants is worth the wait. Instead, pick up an old copy of People magazine, re-watch a DVR of SNL, or just take out the trash before committing to reading this dry and sometimes overtly satirical attempt at making you smile.