Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card, Book Review

Ender’s Game

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card, Book Review Preeminent science fiction and fantasy author, Orson Scott Card won both the Hugo and Nebula awards for best novel for Ender's Game and Ender's Game: Speaker for the Dead, his best known novels. Published in 1985, Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card is a military science fiction set in a future time. Humankind faces elimination by an alien race – buggers - from another planet. Humans have encountered buggers twice before, the last time 70 years ago, but earth’s hero, Mazer Rackham won the war for humans. Unfortunately, the buggers rose again and military officials are desperate to find the … [Read more...]

Girl With a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier, Book Review

Girl With a Pearl Earring

Girl With a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier, Book Review Not much is known about the artist, Johannes Vermeer, so authors such as Tracy Chevalier and Susan Vreeland have re-imagined his life, based on extensive research on what life was like in Delft in the 1660s for someone in his position. They have presented their findings in their respective novels, Girl With a Pearl Earring: A Novel, and Girl in Hyacinth Blue. Related Post Girl in Hyacinth Blue by Susan Vreeland, Book Review Circumstances can change at the drop of a hat – the death of a spouse, the loss of a job, or even a change in relationship status. For the main … [Read more...]

Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier, Book Review

Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier, Book Review

Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier, Book Review Published in 1936, Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier is a romance novel steeped in suspense and murder, with a theme that deals with identity. In How to Read Literature Like a Professor: A Lively and Entertaining Guide to Reading Between the Lines, Thomas C. Foster describes the importance of story starters, the weather, the names of characters and so on, and the role they play in the story. In Jamaica Inn, the setting, which is Gothic, is integral to the story, keeps the readers in suspense. If you have been reading The Invisible Mentor blog for a while, you have been introduced to the … [Read more...]

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley – Book Review

Brave New World

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley – Book Review Chief Bottler, Director of hatcheries and Conditioning, Director of Predestination, Deputy Assistant Fertilizer-General, Professor of Feelies in the College of Emotional Engineering, Dean of the Westminster Community Singery, Supervisor of Bokanovskification, State Conditioning Centre – I invite you into the world of Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World. In this brave new world, babies are essentially manufactured on an assembly line, and while they sleep at nights, they are preprogrammed so that they will grow into people who always accept the status quo, never thinking for themselves, nor … [Read more...]

How Successful People Think by John C Maxwell – Book Review

How Successful People Think

How Successful People Think by John C Maxwell - Book Review I purchased How Successful People Think: Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life by John C Maxwell based on the title and the author. I did not flip through the book or look at the table of contents. If you are looking for a book with how-to advice nicely laid out, this book is not for you. As someone who reads a lot, and process large amounts of information, the content of this book is not new to me. Despite this, How Successful People Think is useful because I need reminders of things that I should be doing. How Successful People Think by John C Maxwell is a small book in … [Read more...]