If you make customers unh…

If you make customers unhappy in the physical world, they might each tell 6 friends. If you make customers unhappy on the Internet, they can each tell 6,000 friends. –Jeff Bezos, CEO at amazon.com

This quote demonstrates how social media has changed marketing and public relations.

 

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July 10, 2012 · 10:32 am

The Sookie Stackhouse Chronicles

I just finished the eight book in the Sookie Stackhouse series known officially as the Southern Vampire Chronicles by Charlaine Harris, and thought I’d give a general overview of the whole series.

If you are over 18 and into vampires, you might have come across HBO’s racy True Blood series. The series is based on the Southern Vampire Chronicles by Charlaine Harris, the first of which is called Dead Until Dark.

The first book combines the genres of romance, mystery/suspense, and fantasy into one delicious package. I have to admit this series is a bit of a guilty pleasure for me. This book series is no Twilight though, these vampires are very racy and not for the under 18’s.

The surprising thing about this series is that it really reflects the southern culture. Harris’s descriptions of the South make you feel like a local.

The first book is about vampires but werewolves, fairies, witches, and other supernatural beings soon make appearances.

I would recommend this book to adult women who love vampires.

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Good Omens

I enjoyed American Gods so much that I wanted to read more Neil Gaiman. When looking for his books, I found one he co-wrote with Terry Pratchett. I adore Terry Pratchett. So this weeks book is:

Good Omens

By Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

Review in one sentence: An angel and demon join forces to divert Armageddon, with hilarious consequences.

So the joke goes like this: an angel and a demon walk into a bar…they keep walking into the same places again and again, they keep running into each other over the centuries, they become friends, they enjoy living the quiet life among the best and worst of humanity, they are both happy…until the AntiChrist is born and Armageddon looms in the near future.

This hilarious look at religion asks the question, “Hey, we are just different sides of the same coin, why can’t we just get along?’

I was reminded of the Kevin Smith movie “Dogma” while reading this book. I am a huge fan of that movie.

The book itself is a bit more Terry Pratchett than Neil Gaiman, but there are a few parts (mostly ones that include maggots) that are very dark and very Neil. In fact the angel kind of reminds me of Terry, and the demon kind of reminds me of Neil. You can tell they definitely had fun writing this book.

Also for Terry Pratchett fans, the DEATH character appears in this book.

Gaiman and Pratchett fans alike, read and enjoy.🙂

I would recommend this to people who have a sense of humour when it comes to religion.

Other Recommended Reading:

American Gods by Neil Gaiman

The Truth by Terry Pratchett

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

This week’s book won the 2003 Whitbread Book of the Year and the 2004 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Book (Wikipedia)

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

by Mark Haddon

Book Review in one sentence:

A funny, sad, and unique insight into the life of a teenage boy living with Autism and his relationship with his family.

My analysis:

This book is easy to read, simply written, and a fast read. The true heart of the book is the teenage autistic boy named Christopher who serves as narrator. Through his story you see the struggles people with Autism face day-to-day. Even something as simple as sitting down to eat a meal is a struggle for Christopher as he will only eat certain foods, and he will not eat food if it is touching a different type of food.

The story starts with a mystery, but the book itself is really about Christopher’s relationships with the people and the world around him. Haddock really gets you into Christopher’s mind by showing his genius with math problems, and explaining the analytical way Christopher see’s things.

I would recommend that everyone read this book because our society needs to have a better understanding of people with Autism.

Themes Explored in this Book:  Autism, Family Relationships, Teenage Angst, Divorce 

Related reading:

All Cats Have Asperger Syndrome by Kathy Hoopman

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American Gods

This book has won a lot of awards and was first published in 2001, but somehow I have never come across it.

American Gods (Author’s preffered text)

by Neil Gaiman

Book Review in one sentence:

A dark road trip across American with a collection of forgotten and downtrodden Gods.

My analysis:

It took me weeks to read this book. I think it was because there was so much depth to it, so much going on that you have to dissect it word for word to get the real meaning. It is a very adult book, filled with the best and worst humanity has to offer and also filled with magic.  The main character, Shadow, goes on an American oddessy with these gods (main players are Norse and Slavic gods but many others are thrown in throughout the book).

I really wished I had brushed up on my mythology before reading this book. The Greek/Roman pantheon of Gods is totally missing from this book. Maybe they are too well known? Gaiman seems to focus on the forgotten Gods.

This book is not about religion (infact the major players today Christianity, Muslim, etc are largely left out, although Jesus is mentioned in passing). This is a book about faith, hope, justice, and the human condition.

I also appreciated the references to the modern day Gods such as  Internet and Media. It is chilling that we spend so much of our time ‘worshipping’ these concepts that they have become dieties of sorts.  

It is also important to note, I read the author’s preferred text of the book, which I would compare to watching the director’s cut of a movie. I would recommend reading this version, as it has 12,000 words extra.

Themes Explored in this Book:  Faith, the Human Contidion, Memes, Magic, Power, Illusions, Blood, Sex, Ressurection

Related reading:

The Hogfather by Terry Pratchett
Eight Days of Luke by Diana Wynne Jones
The Percy Jackson Series by Rick Riordan

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Catching Fire

Books my sister recommended to me:

The Hunger Games 

and

Catching Fire

by Suzanne Collins

Book Review in one sentence:

This series is a futuristic nightmare as teens battle for survival against eachother in a dome for the entertainment of The Capitol.

My analysis:

This series is page-turning, action packed, emotion-filled adventure. You will be rapt as you are thrown into the struggle of everyday living for people under the horrible dictorship of The Capitol, where everyday is a continual struggle for survival. Every year the downtrodden people are forced to send a couple of young people to participate in the Hunger Games, a televised battle to the death. It reminds one of the gory Roman colleseum. 

The heroine of this book, Katniss is so real. You cheer for her in her stuggle for survival. She is far from perfect, a very jaded but strong girl with great responsibilities, I found myself engtangled in her personality. Sometimes I loved her, sometimes I was horrified by her actions, but it makes you ask the question, what would you do to stay alive? How far would you go?

I read the Hunger Games last year, and just recently read the sequel Catching Fire. Next I will tackle Mockingjay, the third and final book in the series. It is a series for Young Adults but adults will surely love it as well.

Themes Explored in this Book:  Survival, Rebellion, Injustice, Poverty, Family, Sacrifice

If you like The Hunger Games, you might also like:

The Handmaids Tale by Margaret Atwood
Lord of the Flies by William Golding

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The Old Man and the Sea

My sister told me to read this book:

The Old Man and the Sea

by Ernest Hemingway

Book Review in one sentence:

Beautiful and gritty, Hemingway portrays the struggle of a man with his own mortality.

My analysis:

In this short, powerful novel, Hemingway portrays the life of an old fisherman, who has seen better days. He loves to relive his glory days, telling stories to his young protegé. This is the story of the old man’s last great adventure, and the timeless struggle of man to tame the wilderness.

I won’t write too much about this book, because its so short, you can just read it!

I would recommend this book to anyone who loves fishing, or watches Man vs. Wild.

Other Recommended Reading:

Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

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