terça-feira, 14 de fevereiro de 2012

The Whole Truth - David Baldacci

I read this book in two days. It is what I call a “Non-stop book” - a book that once you pick it up you have to read non-stop. There is just no way you can`t do so. The story is intriguing, the plot exciting, the plan keeps you on your toes and the writer knows how to keep the reader going - and not want to stop as well! 
The whole context of the story is very different from what you get in a normal novel and the plot was well thought out and unique which I am sure is one of the reasons the author sold so many copies of the book making his book (and him as well) into a great success.
Go for it and get a copy yourself!

Book Review:
Dick Pender, a former employee in the White House press office, is an expert in perception management.  His motto is: "Why waste time trying to discover the truth, when you can so easily create it?"  In David Baldacci's The Whole Truth, some very influential people pay Pender big bucks to bury inconvenient secrets and manipulate public opinion, using cleverly crafted lies packaged for maximum media impact.   Pender's most important client is Machiavellian billionaire Nicholas Creel, the head of the world's largest defense conglomerate, Ares Corporation.  Although Creel has had a series of trophy wives and owns a four-hundred foot yacht, he is less interested in acquiring more wealth than he is in pitting the great superpowers against one another.  This would generate a huge arms race and, theoretically, create a stand-off that would prevent any one superpower from subjugating the others. For Creel, "a peace based on lurking terror was the best kind of all."
Baldacci's hero is Shaw, a globe-trotting troubleshooter for a shadowy international law-enforcement organization, "sort of like Interpol on steroids."  He is a strong and physically imposing man whose knowledge of surveillance, hand-to-hand combat, and weaponry makes him an extremely valuable asset.  His acting ability, uncanny intuition, courage, and coolness under pressure have helped him prevail in a number of dangerous situations.  On any given day, Shaw's quarry might include ruthless drug dealers, bloodthirsty terrorists, or vicious neo-Nazis, none of whom would be pleased to discover that he has deceived them.  Although Shaw dreams of retiring and living a sedate life with his beautiful and brilliant girlfriend, German-born Anna Fischer, his boss has him in a stranglehold from which he cannot easily break free.
The female heroine is award-winning investigative reporter Katie James.  As a result of a traumatic experience in Afghanistan, she became an alcoholic who has been relegated to writing obits, the graveyard of journalism.  Through happenstance, Katie meets Shaw, and both narrowly escape with their lives during a run-in with some murderous thugs in Scotland.  When an unexpected tragedy sends an enraged Shaw on a mission of revenge, Katie decides to risk her life in order to help him and, in the process, pursue the biggest story of her career.
The Whole Truth is marred by cliché-ridden dialogue and cartoonish villains who utter such lines as:  "I didn't bring you here for a lecture.  I brought you here to die."  The story is overly complicated and melodramatic, and the author repeatedly hammers home his heavy-handed message that unscrupulous individuals and governments intentionally mislead us by disseminating false information.  Baldacci does generate a fair amount of suspense, but his pedestrian writing, preposterous plot, and one-dimensional characters may limit the book's appeal to adrenaline junkies and fans of escapist thrillers.

sábado, 11 de fevereiro de 2012

Why Men Love Bitches - Sherry Argov

"Why Men Love Bitches" - as much as people like despising, critiscizing and making off remarks when it comes to these kinds of books for once I will disagree. Sherry Argov's book is very very good. The only thing is that in my opinion all women should already know this and not have to read this in a book, but I know that isnt so. Another good thing about this book is that it is very enlightening and it repeats over and over main points so there is just no way for you to forget the book's content or not get its point. Like I said, most things above I already knew and most everything was not a big surprise, but still, it was a great reminder and some things that I wasnt so sure about or was starting to wonder or waver were totally put back in context after reading this book.
I know a LOT of women that need to read this book - not once, not twice - but many times over. Study, even memorize it of so good it is. The truths written inside of it show what we women are doing completely wrong when it comes to not only getting a man in our lives but keeping him in there as well - and I guess that over there is already a big problem...the fact that we feel like we must have one in our lives no matter what the cost; yet once we realize that they are not indespensible and that if it happens it happens then that is when things do happen. And if they don't...well you can be sure that wondering and bemoaning like a mad woman wouldnt do any difference as well.
There is one paragraph in which Sherry Argov defines the term "Bitch":
Bitch (noun)- A woman who won’t bang her head against the wall obsessing over someone else’s opinion–be it a man or anyone else in her life. She understands that if someone does not approve of her, it’s just one person’s opinion; therefore, it’s of no real importance. She doesn’t try to live up to anyone else’s standards- only her own. Because of this she relates to man very differently.

Altogether it is a summary of principles to follow and apply in your life so that you can get the most of not only relationships but your life as a whole as well. Repeating what I have already repeated above: most of the women do know the points already. It’s just that they don’t apply it the right way.

Book Review:
Why Men Love Bitches" is a self help dating book written by an author named Sherry Argov. For those of you who haven't heard of this book, it basically gives advice to women about what they should and shouldn't do when they start dating a guy, and even what they should and shouldn't do while in the relationship. She uses the term "bitch" sarcastically, as she is not referring to a woman who is mean, but a woman who doesn't give up for her life for a man.

The rules are simple that most of us know, but sometimes forget when we get caught up in a new love interest. They range from the basic dating concept of "don't sit by phone waiting for him to call" to the more advanced relationship concept of "don't give up your social life to be with him 24/7".
Basically what I took out of it is this: anything you chase in life runs away. You can keep a man interested if he feels like he never completely has you. It doesn't mean playing a game of hard to get all the time, but more so that you shouldn't make a man the center of your universe. Don't give up plans or doing things you like to be with him. Keep your life exactly as it was before, only add him to it. Don't stop going to the gym or start seeing your friends less, because then the guy will lose respect for you thinking your giving up things to be with him. See him when it's convenient for you. Don't be needy and clingy because then you become more a burden than a reward. Be confident in yourself and your good qualities and know that any guy would be lucky to have you and should treat you that way. If someone doesn't treat you well, then find someone who does. It's as simple as that.


quinta-feira, 2 de fevereiro de 2012

The Best Woman's Travel Writing 2010

This book was sent to me by a friend who knows my passion and dream of traveling. He is a traveler himself. And so I began to read the book. In the beginning it didn't really appeal to me, but as I continued reading the different stories of such brave, funny, insightful, adventurous and crazy women I started to relate and like more and more this book so full of variety. 
This book is made up of many short stories written only by women who describe and share their traveling experiences. Some of them are boring, others queer, others absurdly hilarious (those are my favorites), yet others totally out of context (like the story of a woman who went to mold her own vagina and took her fiancee to "partake of the experience" as well!) and yet others of very brave and wild women who went out to the wilderness full of gut and spirit trying out new adventures in places that many men wouldn't even dare think of stepping foot on.
It is a good book for those who like to read, a great book for those interested in different places and cultures and a fantastic book for those whose life is all about traveling!!! 


Since the publication of A Woman's World in 1995, Travelers' Tales has been publishing award-winning books by and for women. We continue this tradition with The Best Women's Travel Writing 2010, the sixth collection in our annual series guaranteed to inspire women to take their first trip—or to continue exploring the world with wit, soul, and verve, as so many adventurous women do each and every day.
This best-selling, award-winning series presents the finest accounts of women who have traveled to the ends of the earth to discover new places, peoples — and themselves. The common threads connecting the stories are a woman's perspective and lively storytelling to make the reader laugh, cry, wish she were there, or be glad she wasn't. From climbing a volcano in Ecuador to running a kennel for pariah dogs in India to helping prepare meals in Iran, the points of view and perspectives are global and the themes eclectic, including stories that encompass spiritual growth, hilarity and misadventure, high adventure, romance, solo journeys, stories of service to humanity, family travel, and encounters with exotic cuisine.
In The Best Women's Travel Writing 2010:
  • A search for the perfect wave in New Zealand provides a lesson in love
  • Curiosity leads to an understanding of political activism and human rights in Burma
  • A childless American is adopted by a six-year-old and becomes part of the family in Italy
  • Cultural understanding deepens in surprising ways through language lessons in
  • On a fact-finding mission in Afghanistan, a retired professor learns that peace is
  • A day on a nude beach in the Netherlands gives a self-described "prude" a new appreciation of body types, and comfort with her own
  • ...and much more.