Faceless Killers by Henning Mankell

Faceless Killers by Henning Mankell Are you striving to become a better problem solver? I love detective stories, and I have mentioned here that reading these kinds of books enable you to become a better problem solver. This year I am reading globally, so I chose Faceless Killers: The First Kurt Wallander Mystery by Henning Mankell because it is set in Ystad, Sweden. This book is ideal for learning how to problem solve because the case takes a long time to solve, which is probably more representative that in detective stories set in the West. The pace of the story is a lot slower, and the … [Read more...]

Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer, Book Review

Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer, Book Review Fairies and technology intersect in Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer, and if you love both, you will love the story, which is filled with gadgetry and fairies. Twelve year old multimillionaire genius, Artemis Fowl, is from a family who acquires their wealth through nefarious means. At one point the Fowl’s decide to legitimize their conglomerate, but soon realize that going legal isn’t for them. Artemis is also the last of his infamous Fowl family, who have been thriving from their illegal activities since the middle ages. His father is missing, … [Read more...]

How to Make Professional Development a Part of Your Day at Any Age

How to Make Professional Development a Part of Your Day at Any Age You already have an over-scheduled day, and you always seem to be playing catch-up with your work, so how will you find time to make professional development a part of your day? The reality is that with the unprecedented rate of change, things will not slow down, and you will always be playing catch-up until you make adjustments in your life. Professional development is no longer something that is nice to do, it is something that you have to do so that you do not fall behind. I love learning, and professional development … [Read more...]

The Spy Who Came in from the Cold by John Le Carre, Book Review

The Spy Who Came in from the Cold by John Le Carre, Book Review First published in 1963, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold: A George Smiley Novel (George Smiley Novels) by John Le Carré is often found on the list of must-read books, and has been a constant best seller. John Le Carré was an intelligence officer before he became a writer, however, he swears that the story is not based on any of his experiences. He wrote The Spy Who Came in from the Cold before he left the service and received permission before he could publish his book. The book, set during the Cold War (The Cold War: … [Read more...]

Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah by Richard Bach, Book Review

Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah by Richard Bach Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah by Richard Bach follows his bestselling Jonathan Livingston Seagull, which I loved. I can’t say the same thing about this book, and let’s get my bias out of the way, I detest books where you have a “sage” trying to show you your errant ways, directing you to the proper path. Or it could be my introverted self, speaking, getting annoyed at the notion of some well-meaning person forcing you to speak, when you do not want to. I love learning, and I am open to learn from others, but … [Read more...]