It is fair to start this review by saying I am a huge Manchester United fan so for me this book has a special feel. The book shows a unique sense of humour to Sir Alex Ferguson which was never very evident in his time on TV during interviews and matches.
This book has been well quoted in the media. I have to say after reading it the quotes of course are accurate but highly taken out of context. The well quoted opinions on Beckham and Rooney although accurate are largely taken out of context. What is missing from these quotes are the other highly supportive and complimentary opinions which Sir Alex includes. Of course positives don’t sell as many papers and in all honestly may not have sold so many copies of the book itself.
The book details certain players and events in Sir Alex’s managerial career. Although not chronological this is a fascinating insight to one of the most successful mangers ever. Mixed within the fact and opinions about Manchester United are antidotes and facts that will keep any football fan interested irregardless of which team you support.
This book took me longer to read than normal mainly because of the wealth of information that has to be digested. There were moments when I found myself realising that Sir Alex was talking about a match I had actually seen. As well as events you expect to be covered such as The Class of 92 and The David Beckham Boot Incident there are also other smaller events that are just as entertaining and were never reported in the media.
This is an amazing insight into one of the most successful football clubs and one of the most successful managers ever. For anyone who is interested in management, football or the man himself, this is a must read.
Sir Alex announced his retirement as manager of Manchester United after 27 years in the role. He has gone out in a blaze of glory, with United winning the Premier League for the 13th time, and he is widely considered to be the greatest manager in the history of British football.
Over the last quarter of a century there have been seismic changes at Manchester United. The only constant element has been the quality of the manager’s league-winning squad and United’s run of success, which included winning the Champions League for a second time in 2008. Sir Alex created a purposeful, but welcoming, and much envied culture at the club which has lasted the test of time.
Sir Alex saw Manchester United change from a conventional football club to what is now a major business enterprise, and he never failed to move with the times. It was directly due to his vision, energy and ability that he was able to build teams both on and off the pitch. He was a man-manager of phenomenal skill, and increasingly he had to deal with global stars. His relationship with Cristiano Ronaldo, for instance, was excellent and David Beckham has described Sir Alex as a father figure.
Over the past four years, Sir Alex has been reflecting on and jotting down the highlights of his extraordinary career and in his new book he will reveal his amazing story as it unfolded, from his very early days in the tough shipyard areas of Govan.
The description in this book is beautiful and it takes you to a place I would greatly like to visit. The idea of twin worlds that you can jump between is beautiful and if not quite poetic.
Throughout the story there are some interesting moral aspects brought up. There are trade mark comedy moments that are common for Terry Pratchett but there is just not enough evidence of him to make this a great read. I think it is fair to say that this was just not for me this book.
1916: the Western Front. Private Percy Blakeney wakes up. He is lying on fresh spring grass. He can hear birdsong, and the wind in the leaves in the trees. Where have the mud, blood and blasted landscape of No Man’s Land gone?
2015: Madison, Wisconsin. Cop Monica Jansson is exploring the burned-out home of a reclusive – some said mad, others dangerous – scientist when she finds a curious gadget: a box containing some wiring, a three-way switch and a…potato. It is the prototype of an invention that will change the way Mankind views his world for ever.
And that’s an understatement if ever there was one…
The Long Earth is the first novel in an exciting new collaboration between the creator of Discworld Terry Pratchett and the acclaimed SF writer Stephen Baxter
Filed under 2 Star, Books
When I finished reading this book at 120 in the morning I lay there for half hour thinking about the book. What had occurred and the twists and turns. If this is not a sign of a good book I don’t know what is.
The book has all the normal twists and turns which makes Coben such an amazing author. The twists continue throughout the book with no rest and this is what keeps you engaged as a reader. There are links throughout the book to previous novels, which I believe is the authors way of rewarding the loyal fans. I like these little quirks which means that new readers can still enjoy the books but the old faithful fans get little rewards looking for the connections. It makes me want to go back and read the earlier books to see what I have missed in them.
The fast moving pace, the twists and turns and the constant action has meant that Harlan Coben is fast becoming a favourite of mine. If you haven’t read any of his offerings I urge you to have a look you will not be disappointed. Another excellent read.
17-year-old Haley McWaid is a good girl, the pride of her suburban New Jersey family, captain of the lacrosse team, headed off to college next year with all the hopes and dreams her doting parents can pin on her. Which is why, when her mother wakes one morning to find that Haley never came home the night before, and three months quickly pass without word from the girl, the community assumes the worst.
Wendy Tynes is a reporter on a mission, to identify and bring down sexual predators via elaborate-and nationally televised-sting operations. Working with local police on her news program Caught in the Act, Wendy and her team have publicly shamed dozens of men by the time she encounters her latest target. Dan Mercer is a social worker known as a friend to troubled teens, but his story soon becomes more complicated than Wendy could have imagined.
In a novel that challenges as much as it thrills, filled with the astonishing tension and unseen suburban machinations that have become Coben’s trademark, Caught tells the story of a missing girl, the community stunned by her loss, the predator who may have taken her, and the reporter who suddenly realizes she can’t trust her own instincts about this story-or the motives of the people around her
It is will a slight twinge of sadness that I write this review, because it is over. The trilogy that I have loved and the girl on fire who I have followed is finished. This last book does not disappoint. The questions are answered and the characters are concluded.
This is a book which has been written to show how pointless war is and how all sides play the other. Who is the energy and who the hero? It is hard to tell at the end of the book This is written in a way that leaves you questioning not just war in this fantasy land of Panem but also war in any land.
Throughout the book this shows the manipulation that all sides use to win a war. A naive young girl is fully transported to see the world clearly, well at least her version of the world. The beauty of character such as Katness Evergreen is not just that she is flawed, but that she also see’s her own imperfections and deals with them herself throughout the book.
Nothing I write here will do this book justice. It is one that simply has to be experienced by the reader themselves. It is with a sense of regret I have to move onto my next read. I know that for sometime, nothing will measure up to the pure wonder that was The Hunger Games Trilogy.
Can Katniss Everdeen win the final fight against the Capitol? Against all odds, she’s survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she’s made it out of the bloody arena alive, she is still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge. Who do they think should pay for the unrest? Katniss. And what’s worse, President Snow has made it clear that no-one else is safe either. Not Katniss’s family, not her friends, not the people of District 12… Find out what the Mockingjay really stands for in the third book of the nerve-shredding, adrenaline-soaked _Hunger Games_ trilogy, whose first episode triumphed in the arena to win the Red House Children’s Book Award 2010! “Bare-knuckle adventure of the best kind.” _The Times_ “The Hunger Games is amazing.” _Stephenie Meyer_ “I couldn’t stop reading.” _Stephen King_
This is an amazing fast paced novel which keeps you turning the pages from start to finish. The easy prose helps with this easy read. There were parts in this book where I needed to revisit earlier sections to fully connect with what had been written. There were times when reading later on I though I have read about this before and flicked back. This I think is a product of the excellent writing.
There were constant twists through out the book. At times I thought I knew where the story was going but I have to say that I was already wrong. The book includes several characters but these are well written and developed. At no time do you lose connection with the characters and wonder who they are. There are several parts through out however that you don’t know who to trust and who not to. This is mirrored in the opinions of the lead characters life as well.
Both the prologue and the epilogue are written in a first person manner which puts you into the book. This symmetry between the start and the end of the book is a lovely twist in my opinion. The other twist I loved was for the die hard Harlan Coben fans there is a rather cheeky reference to his Myron Bolitar books.
Altogether this is a well written exciting book. Harlan Coben is one of my favourite authors and this does not disappoint at all.
Matt Hunter’s life has already been blown apart once. A fight, a friend in trouble, and the dull crack of someone’s skull on the concrete cost him four years in jail, and a small sliver of his soul. When Matt got out he set about rebuilding his life. He carved himself a job as a lawyer and fell in love with a beautiful woman. The break in the road seemed only to have made him a stronger person. But now someone is following him, and Matt realises that his new existence is under threat. Suddenly Matt can’t trust anybody – least of all those he loves…
In my experience there are two types of sequels. The first are those written for no other purpose than to make the author money. The second are when the story is just so good it can’t be told over one book. This second book in The Hunger Games trilogy falls into the second category.
This book starts shortly after the fist finished. Back in district 12 life has progressed for the winners if The Hunger Games. Katniss is trying to live with her success.
This book is as well written as the first. Despite us visiting the arena for the games a second time in two books the story remains fresh. The arena has changed with a different theme which helps the story stay fresh.
The familiar character are back as well as some new equally dynamic characters being introduced.
The story is fast paced and nail biting in places. There are sections that need re-reading just to believe what you read the first time. The book ends on an amazing cliff hanger and having finished the second I defy anyone not to move straight into the third.
I will leave the review there and let you chose for yourself. I have to go Mockingjay has just finished downloading on my kindle.
After winning the brutal Hunger Games, Katniss Everdeen returns to her district, hoping for a peaceful future. But Katniss starts to hear rumours of a deadly rebellion against the Capitol. A rebellion that she and Peeta have helped to create. As Katniss and Peeta are forced to visit the districts on the Capitol’s cruel Victory Tour, the stakes are higher than ever. Unless Katniss and Peeta can convince the world that they are still lost in their love for each other, the consequences will be horrifying\. The terrifying sequel to The Hunger Games.
Having read all the positive reports on this book I am loath to be so negative. I think it would be fair to say that this book just wasn’t for me. I was once told by a friend that books were like visitors to your house sometimes you welcome them and enjoy them other times you don’t. Maybe this is one of those books if I revisit it at another time perhaps I would enjoy it more.
The main comment I have in the book is the interview style of the writing. I found that I never really built a relationship with anyone in the book. I personally need to relate to a character and follow them through a story. The book is well written and there are some clear comic writing throughout. However, this was not enough to make me be able to give it anymore than 2 stars. Sorry to all the fans of this book but it just wasn’t for me.
It began with rumours from China about another pandemic. Then the cases started to multiply and what had looked like the stirrings of a criminal underclass, even the beginnings of a revolution, soon revealed itself to be much, much worse. Faced with a future of mindless, man-eating horror, humanity was forced to accept the logic of world government and face events that tested our sanity and our sense of reality.