Saturday Snippets

This Saturday I am doing lazy review, and postin two “mini” reviews of the two books I enjoyed last month.

Thoughts on Life and AdvertisingThoughts on Life and Advertising by Hugh Salmon
Publisher: Troubador Publishing Ltd
Publishing Date: April 28th, 2016 
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Source: Net Galley

This was my travel companion for almost a month.
A good read,gets you thinking.

I requested this book on Net Galley and voila there it was. Advertising is what I am working towards and this seemed like a fun fit. Of course, it is not for everybody. But it’s quite a decent read. It is book is a compilation of blog posts by Hugh Salmon. The chapters are divided into I requested this book on Net Galley and voila there it was. I am interested in Advertising and this seemed like a fun fit. Of course, it is not for everybody. But it’s quite a decent read. is book is a compilation of blog posts by Hugh Salmon. The chapters are divided into various topics: marketing, media, sports, etc.

For me some chapters were hit and miss for me. Mostly due to my lack of interest -in sports; not a cricket fan; and politics. Some chapters  especially regional topics etc would be more related to the UK audience.

However, what I really liked about the book were the insights and some personal stories genuine and is great for the everyday work life. He has a great way of dissecting a concept and finding ways to tackle it, which is quite inspirational.of the author. Few snippets even had me chuckling. 

It was delight to learn the industry insights in a light manner without being too preachy or technical. The book is worded well and cut into sizable portions for easy reading. I finished around 7 of them just while travelling.

All in all it’s a great choice for readers who want to get a glimpse of the industry or even for the ones who are interested in an informal memoir of sorts.

PS: I think the cover could have been a bit better.


The Snowman (Harry Hole, #7)The Snowman by Jo Nesbø
Publisher: Knopf
Publishing Date: May 10th, 2011
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Source: Purchased

 

Found this book via Abby’s at Crime By The Book, glad I dropped by her blog. This is my first venture into Scandinavian Crime genre, though I have devoured a lot of good ol’ American thrillers over years. I picked up this genre after quite a while, it felt like coming back home! 😛

This is the 7th book of the Harry Hole series. That saying, you don’t have to follow the series to understand the premise. I didn’t. But I guess people who have read the other ones have richer knowledge and insight into characters.

The book follows Harry investigating the various murders with one thing in common – the Snowman. Every brutal crime scene ends up featuring a snowman in the end. What  a snowman, you say. Isn’t it an innocent thing reserved for Christmas and winters? I bet you, you won’t be thinking about snowman the same way again after reading this.

The book is really well constructed and is chilling. Nesbo writes lot of misdirection, juicy descriptions to keep you engrossed. It has the meat for a great read. I really enjoyed jumping into the wintery landscape.

By no means are the characters perfect or ideal, they are human, gritty and that’s what pushes this book through.

Was I surprised who the killer was or the twist? Not really, I have read too many of them to fall into it. (One negative of being a fan of the genre). I found it easy to read and great fun. Without giving away any spoilers (as with all the reviews on this blog), the ending did seem to hint at the next in series.

Compared to the American genre, this one did seem a bit more gritty and direct. Engaging at the same time, detached. I like that. Only minus of this book was probably keeping up with so many foreign names of people and places. Other than that, go for it, it’s an ideal choice of thriller.

—Take care, happy reading!—


“Books fall open, you fall in. When you climb out again, you’re a bit larger than you used to be.” – Gregory Maguire  

                                                           

 

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Which is the recent book you enjoyed reading? Hit up those comments, to get the conversation started.  🙂

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