Sunday, April 25, 2010

Sir Thursday by Garth Nix

Sir Thursday (The Keys to the Kingdom, #4) Sir Thursday by Garth Nix


My rating: 4 of 5 stars
For some reason I am partial to this book... Maybe because there is fighting in it? Maybe because it drags the main character into the worst possible situation? One where you wait and wait for Arthur to find a way out of it, and in the end, he doesn't escape, but instead deals with it? I don't know, but I was tempted by a five on this one... I am just stingy with 5s.

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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Do What You Are by Paul D. Tieger

Do What You Are : Discover the Perfect Career for You Through the Secrets of Personality Type--Revised and Updated Edition Featuring E-careers for the 21st Century Do What You Are : Discover the Perfect Career for You Through the Secrets of Personality Type--Revised and Updated Edition Featuring E-careers for the 21st Century by Paul D. Tieger


My rating: 5 of 5 stars
So this gets one of my rare 5 stars. I don't know if anyone else will find this book that enlightening, but for me it answered my questions, so its value is high.

I have long been a fan of personality profiling, simply because it helps me understand myself and other people. This book takes the empirical (IMHO) Myers-Briggs/Jung Typology system and applies it to your career. Basically, you put your type in, and it gives you a bunch of plain statements out about what are most likely looking for in a career. It has been helpful for me to have that list, both for myself, and for those I manage.

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Thursday, April 15, 2010

Drowned Wednesday by Garth Nix

Drowned Wednesday (The Keys to the Kingdom, #3) Drowned Wednesday by Garth Nix


My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I had to give this just three stars. I still really like the series, and this book did move the overall plot along nicely, but a humongous whale? Really? I did almost give it a 4 just for a pirate that can reattach his own head at will, but they can't all be 4s...

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Saturday, April 10, 2010

Grim Tuesday by Garth Nix

Grim Tuesday (The Keys to the Kingdom, #2) Grim Tuesday by Garth Nix


My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The series builds, and I especially appreciate the seamless integration into the next book...

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Monday, April 5, 2010

Mister Monday by Garth Nix

Mister Monday (The Keys to the Kingdom, #1) Mister Monday by Garth Nix


My rating: 4 of 5 stars
So I read this series last year, but there were 3 problems with my reading: (1) I read it too fast. It was like a move that you watched and enjoyed, but you were so tired that you later couldn't tell your friends what it was about. (2) I read it alone. I really enjoy reading books with my family, and this one is a prime candidate. (3) The final book of the series wasn't out yet. I hate reading unfinished series.

So my family started listening to the audiobooks, and I was right there. As you will see, I revisited the entire series, and it was better the 2nd time.

One helpful tidbit before you jump into this book: To me, all Garth Nix books are a bit... abstract. Keep reading, pay attention and you will be rewarded, although it might take half of the first book to really "get it." And in the end, that is one of the reasons I love them.

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