Fourteen brilliant new reviews from the author of A Love of Reading. Passionate, thought provoking, and witty.
A Love of Reading, the Second Collection contains 14 new reviews of modern classics from a discriminating, highly entertaining, and prodigiously well-read guide.
In a stimulating selection, ranging from Margaret Atwood's Alias Grace to Zadie Smith's White Teeth, and from Charles Frazier's Cold Mountain to Sheri Holman's The Dress Lodger, popular literary critic Robert Adams skilfully interweaves a nimble and enlightening discussion of plot, theme, and characterization with fascinating historical, biographical, and literary context. Adams is repeatedly drawn to the spectacle of less-than-perfect humans making their way in a hostile world, and as a result his reviews are a hugely satisfying mix of rich pathos and abundant humour. In the words of the Calgary Herald, they are "a bibliophile's dream." From the Hardcover edition.
Every year, Robert Adams prepares a series of five reviews of contemporary novels, to be delivered alone on a theatre stage to sold-out audiences in Toronto and Montreal. In A Love of Reading Adams has now gathered 18 of his most brilliant reviews, from Jack Maggs by Peter Carey and The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver, to A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry and Barney's Version by Mordecai Richler. In them he skillfully interweaves a nimble and entertaining discussion of plot, theme, and characterization with fascinating historical, biographical, and literary context. He is repeatedly drawn to the spectacle of less-than-perfect humans making their way in a hostile world, and as a result a review by Robert Adams is almost always a hugely satisfying mix of rich pathos and abundant humour.
Famously, Adams reads a book a day, from which he selects only those novels that are truly extraordinary, that have made him see some part of the world or some aspect of the human condition in a new light - because for Adams, the best books always take the reader on a journey, with a destination very distant from the point of departure. It should be not only a journey of discovery - an exploration of the author's vision - but also of risk. By matching one's own vision to that of the author, says Adams, the reader enters an exciting negotiation to produce a new vision of his own. This joint enterprise between reader and writer, the shared risk and the wonder of discovery, is the foundation of A Love of Reading.
- For the last six years, Robert Adams has presented an annual series of book reviews to sold out audiences. Eighty per cent of Adams' 3,000 subscribers in Toronto and Montreal renew for the following season - This book is a selection of modern classics from a discriminating and entertaining guide - Perfect for reading groups - Quill & Quire, noting the jump in sales of any book reviewed by Adams, has called the phenomenon "The Adams Effect" From the Hardcover edition.
Cleanness, both in the sense of a neoclassical stylistic purity and of an individual moral and political probity, was centrally important to Walter Savage Landor's writing, both in his prose and poetry. At the same time, this commitment to purity was contaminated in a variety of eloquent and complicating uncleannesses: his own fiery temper and frequent rages; his sometimes scurrilous and sexually explicit Latin poems; and the innovative, compacted, proto-Modernist verse style of works such as his epic Gebir, as stylistically-tangled and potent a poem ever produced in the Romantic era.
The present study, the first comprehensive study of Landor's writing for nearly half a century, addresses the whole of Landor's prodigious output over the seven decades of his writing life, in verse, prose, and drama, in English and Latin: from the brief lyrics by which (if at all) he is remembered today up to his idylls, tragedies, and epics; from his pamphlets and essays to historical novels like Pericles and Aspasia and the textual colossus of the Imaginary Conversations.
'Cleanness' becomes the organising principle by which this heterogeneous and multivocal body of work is read. At once a survey of Landor's output and life, a critically engaged reading of his work and an interrogation of the principles of poetry itself, Landor's Cleanness seeks to reconfigure the map of Romantic and Victorian writing, and move Landor's reputation at least some way in the direction of the eminence he once enjoyed: as a major writer of his time, both intensely characteristic of the nineteenth-century and startlingly relevant to the twenty-first.
This work offers a summary of the book «A GOOD HARD KICK IN THE ASS: Basic Training For Entrepreneurs» by Rob Adams.
Rob Adams is the founder and managing director of AV Labs, an early-stage venture capital company.
Many aspiring entrepreneurs believe that their ideas are groundbreaking, their markets are ripe and all they need is some capital and a bit of advertising and they're good to go. That's not the case and Rob Adams' book is a frank reality check about what really matters in a startup. In A Good Hard Kick In The Ass, he suggests a set of nine fundamentals to starting and growing a business. Adams also pinpoints five key milestones to reach for when getting your product to market, from validating the prospective market and designing a business model to lining up investors and proving the product can be made.
This summary demonstrates the importance of shifting your emphasis from the business model to the sales model, with useful explanations of the four most common sales models used by startups. If the product sells investors will back it and your company will be a success. Anyone looking to start and grow a new business will appreciate the candid advice in this engaging summary.
1986. Charles Gardner et Roy Curtius sont isolés sur une base en Antarctique. Ils participent au programme de recherche d'éventuels signaux en provenance d'une intelligence extraterrestre. Si Charles est pragmatique et expansif, Roy est taciturne et, surtout, obsédé par la lecture de la Critique de la raison pure.
Leur cohabitation forcée va virer à l'inimitié à cause d'une lettre : une de celles que Charles a reçues et qu'il a accepté de vendre, sans l'avoir lue, à Roy qui ne reçoit jamais de courrier. La tension est à son comble lorsque celui-ci prétend avoir résolu le paradoxe de Fermi grâce aux textes de Kant. Serait-il devenu fou ? Représente-t-il un danger, alors qu'une tempête éclate à l'extérieur et qu'aucun secours n'est envisageable avant plusieurs jours ? La vision récente du film The Thing, de John Carpenter, n'est pas pour rassurer Charles...
À la fois roman d'aventures drolatique et tour de force littéraire érudit, La Chose en soi nous emporte dans un voyage effréné à travers le temps et confirme l'immense talent d'Adam Roberts.
Dans un futur lointain, notre système solaire est désormais habité et la Terre est le lieu de villégiature des plus riches. Six clans se partagent l'univers connu et maintiennent le reste de la population dans la plus extrême pauvreté.Trois énigmes criminelles composent ce roman : l'une est un récit carcéral, l'autre une enquête policière, la dernière un mystère en huis clos. Dans chacune, le coupable est identique : le tristement célèbre Jack Glass.Vous essaierez certainement de résoudre ces enquêtes, car vous en connaissez le meurtrier. Évident ? Pas forcément, car Jack Glass est un esprit brillant... qui risque de vous surprendre.
Is your leadership a competitive advantage, or is it costing you? How do you know? Are you developing your leadership effectiveness at the pace of change? For most leaders today, complexity is outpacing their personal and collective development. Most leaders are in over their heads, whether they know it or not. The most successful organizations over time are the best led. While this has always been true, today escalating global complexity puts leadership effectiveness at a premium. Mastering Leadership involves developing the effectiveness of leaders-individually and collectively-and turning that leadership into a competitive advantage. This comprehensive roadmap for optimal leadership features: Breakthrough research that connects increased leadership effectiveness with enhanced business performance The first fully integrated Universal Model of Leadership-one that integrates the best theory and research in the fields of Leadership and Organizational Development over the last half century A free, online self-assessment of your leadership, using the Leadership Circle Profile, visibly outlining how you are currently leading and how to develop even greater effectiveness The five stages in the evolution of leadership-Egocentric, Reactive, Creative, Integral, and Unitive-along with the organizational structures and cultures that develop at each of these stages Six leadership practices for evolving your leadership capability at a faster pace A map of your optimal path to greater leadership effectiveness Case stories that facilitate pragmatic application of this Leadership Development System to your particular situation This timeless, authoritative text provides a systemic approach for developing your senior leaders and the leadership system of your organization. It does not recommend quick fixes, but argues that real development requires a strategic, long-term, and integrated approach in order to forge more effective leaders and enhanced business performance. Mastering Leadership offers a developmental pathway to bring forth the highest and best use of yourself, your life, and your leadership. By more meaningfully deploying all of who you are every day, individually and collectively, you will achieve a leadership legacy consistent with your highest aspirations.
Transform Your Organization by Scaling Leadership How do senior leaders, in their own words, describe the most effective leaders-the ones that get results, grow the business, enhance the culture and leave in their wake a trail of other really effective leaders? Conversely, how do senior leaders describe the kind of leader that undercuts the organization's capacity and capability to create its future? This book, based on groundbreaking research, shows how senior leaders describe and develop leadership that works, that does not, that scales, and that limits scale. Is your leadership built for scale as you advance in today's volatile, uncertain, dynamic, and disruptive business environment? This context puts a premium on a very particular kind of leadership-High-Creative leadership capable of rapidly growing the organization while simultaneously transforming it into more agile, innovative, adaptive and engaging workplace. The research presented in this book suggests that senior leaders can describe the High-Creative leadership with surprising clarity. They also describe with equal precision the High-Reactive leadership that cancels itself out and seriously limits scale. Which type of leader are you? You scale your leadership by increasing the multiple on your leadership in three ways. First, by developing the strengths that differentiate the most effective leaders from the strengths deployed by the most Reactive and ineffective leaders. And second, by increasing your leadership ratio-the ratio of most the effective strengths to the most damaging liabilities. Third, by developing High-Creative leaders all around you. Scaling Leadership provides a proven framework for magnifying agile and scalable leadership in your organization. Scalable leadership drives forward-momentum by multiplying high-achieving leaders at scale so that growth, productivity and innovation increase exponentially. Creative leaders multiply their strengths beyond technical competence by leading in deep relationship, with radical humanity, passion and integrity. Drawing upon decades of solid research and experience enhancing individual capability and collective leadership effectiveness with Fortune 500 companies and government agencies, the authors provide an innovative and efficient framework to help you: Take stock of your own personal balance of leadership strengths and weaknesses Scale your leadership in deep relationship and high integrity Proliferate high-achievers throughout your organization's leadership system Identify ineffective leadership and course-correct quickly Transform your organization by transforming leadership Scaling Leadership is an invaluable tool for executives, managers, and leaders in business, academia, nonprofit organizations, and more. This innovative resource provides effective techniques, real-world examples, and expert guidance for organizations seeking to improve performance, align and execute strategies, and transform their business with scalable leadership capability.
Lizbreath Salamander is young and beautiful. Her scales have an iridescent sheen, her wings arch proudly, her breath has a tang of sulfur. And on her back a tattoo of a mythical creature: a girl.Welcome to the world of The Dragon With The Girl Tattoo. A w
With less than twenty species worldwide and only four British and Irish species, the grouse is surprisingly well-known. Its habitats are diverse and relatively remote - ranging from deep forests, through open moorland, to Scotland's highest peaks.
As a self-taught chef and creator of The Amateur Gourmet website, Adam Roberts knows the challenges you face in bringing fresh, creative homemade meals to the table without burning down the house or bruising your self-esteem. But as he shows in this exciting new book, the effort is worth it and good eating doesn't have to be difficult. To prove his point, Roberts has assembled a five-star lineup of some of the food world's most eminent authorities for your culinary education.
In this illuminating and hilarious "Kitchen 101," Adam Roberts teaches you how to bring good food into your life. Learn the "Ten Commandments of Dining Out" courtesy of Ruth Reichl, editor in chief of Gourmet magazine. Discover why the New York Times's Amanda Hesser urges you never to bring a grocery list to the market. Get knife lessons from a top sous-chef at Manhattan's famous Union Square Cafe, and accompany the intrepid author as he dines alone at L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon in Paris.
From how to chop an onion to how to cook a seven-course meal that dazzles your friends, Roberts shares the skills you need to overcome your food phobias, impress your parents, woo a date, and create sophisticated dishes with everyday ease.
Packed with recipes, menus plans, shopping tips, and anecdotes, The Amateur Gourmet provides you with all the ingredients for the foodie lifestyle. All you need is a healthy appetite and a taste for adventure!
From the Hardcover edtion.
Inside this book is another book - the strangest, most important and most dangerous book in the entire universe.
The Worshipful and Ancient Law of Gallifrey is one of the Artefacts, dating from dark days of Rassilon. It wields enormous power, and it must not be allowed to fall into the wrong hands.
Skagra - who believes he should be God and permits himself only two smiles per day - most definitely has the wrong hands.
Beware Skagra. Beware the Sphere. Beware Shada.
Tighe lives on the wall. It towers above his village and falls away below it. It is vast and unforgiving and it is everything he knows. Life is hard on the wall, little more than a clinging on for dear life. And then one day Tighe falls off the wall. And
In March 2004 a group led by Nick Du Toit and former SAS member Simon Mann tried to overthrow the tyrannical Obiang Nguema, president of Equatorial Guinea. They were working for investors, allegedly including Mark Thatcher and "J.H. Archer", who wanted to seize control of Africa's third largest oil producer. Roberts tells how the coup was set up and abandoned at the last minute, and how the plotters were seized and subsequently tortured. The new material includes an account of Mann's illegal abduction from prison in 2008; his dramatic trial, in which he accuses named individuals, including Thatcher, of being deeply involved in the plot; Thatcher's fears of "extraordinary rendition" to Equatorial Guinea; and Eli Calil's revelatory admission that he supported forced regime change in Equatorial Guinea.
This is a book about Soweto from inside and out. It is an effort to mark a century since the first forced removals of black Africans from central Johannesburg to the banks of the Klipspruit River. It is also in recognition of the limited books available on a world-famous city. A wide variety of writers have contributed: Sowetan experts with views from inside the township as well as interested outsiders who are peering in. Contributors include writers from publications as varied as Drum, Sowetan, Mail & Guardian, Time magazine, The Economist, The Independent and New York Times.