Wednesday, July 21, 2010

The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey

The Total Money Makeover: A Proven Plan for Financial FitnessThe Total Money Makeover: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness by Dave Ramsey

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Just like Financial Peace, this book is a must read. It doesn't have a vastly different message, but rather more details and more motivation to get it done. And that is worth a whole lot.

I still disagree with a few points of his strategy, but they are very few, and he makes the very good point that his money management strategy is proven, whereas mine is theoretical. So he wins. We will be applying his principles, and recommend this to everyone as a must read!!!

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The Path of Daggers by Robert Jordan

The Path of Daggers (Wheel of Time, #8)The Path of Daggers by Robert Jordan

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

So, I can't say much on this book. It is another piece of the larger story (as I have said about the other books) but it doesn't really resolve anything. The plot(s) is/are about as deep as possible, so I can't say that the plot is getting deeper. Rather it is just moving around in its deepness.

More than anything I just want to get to the end of the series. At this point it is all about getting to the end. The ride isn't that fun anymore. It is like going on a long vacation. At some point you just get tired of the traveling, even if you are doing fun stuff.

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Lord Sunday by Garth Nix

Lord Sunday (The Keys to the Kingdom, #7)Lord Sunday by Garth Nix

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

So this was a great series. Everything I have read from Garth Nix has been great, and he writes to his audience very well. As with any fantastical fantasy finale, there are fine scientific points I could pick at when it comes to his ultimate resolution. But really, that is half the fun of reading a fantasy series. It is not unlike the pasttime of some history buffs I know who wonder what it would have been like if something slightly different had happened at some point in the past. It is fun to toss around, but in the end, what happened IS the end.

I have one criticism, and I feel strongly enough that I almost wanted to mark this down by a star because of it. (It retained all five stars based on how much I enjoyed the entire series when it was all said and done.) This book is just plain too short.

I know that is an odd situation in this day and age where final installments probably average 50% more pages than book 1 (my observation, not scientific data), but this is one book that would have been better with a bit more to it. It is just all over so quickly, simply and cleanly that maybe I just wasn't ready for it. It was very lightweight, but then again, that also earns Nix praise for continually delivering to his young adult audience.

Overall summary: Five stars. Enough said.

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