Tuesday, 20 July 2010

Half A Minute

Today I'll introduce the 30 second book review, that's 30 seconds for you to read, not for me to to type. It won't be an analysis of the themes, story or plot; just my thoughts on the book. If you want a more in-depth review of the book I suggest Amazon.com, where everyone's a critic. Occasionally I may give a book stars, but lack of stars doesn't suggest 0/5, just my reluctance to put a book on a scale.

The Luck Factor,
Why some people are luckier than others and how you can become one of them.
Max Gunther, Harriman House Ltd. 2009

This is one book that can be summed up by it's subtitle. The operative word is 'become'; you become lucky, it's not something you can search out and get. In a sense the old axiom 'you make your own luck' is true. Lucky people put themselves out there and they become lucky. In a scientific age this may seem obvious, however this book shows that luck is more than just chance.

There is always randomness which to an extent can be backed up scientifically, outlier events do happen. What most interested me was the authors ideas on physic theories and synchronicity. Ok the review is getting to deep for 30 seconds. I will say that the last chapter titled "The pessimism paradox' was the most enlightening.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It's an easy read and took my brain down some provoking paths (not hard to do). Like does God really answer prayer and why do good things happen to bad people? (and vice versa)

Ouch, my brain hurts.

Thursday, 15 July 2010

That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore

For David and Nick. Book review next week, if you're lucky.