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Armada by Ernest Cline

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1 min, 111 words

Took me a little while to get into this book. It starts out in a school where a pupil spots a spaceship from his favourite video game. This then moves on to it being a precursor to an invasion by the aliens from the video game and the game itself was actually put together as training so the players could pilot drones in the war. A slightly surreal concept but pretty well executed. The "twist" with the main characters dad is a bit contrived but overall not a bad read - enjoyed it more as it went along. Not as good as Ready Player One.

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Zero to One by Peter Thiel

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1 min, 77 words

I had read a lot of good things about this book and it had sat on my Kindle for a long time. Really enjoyed the first half of the book but thought the second half was more focused on things that weren't relevant to me. There were some statements made that were clearly opinions but were stated as facts. Overall a bit disappointing.

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Good Strategy/Bad Strategy by Richard P. Rumelt

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3 min, 436 words

I've had this book a while but never got around to reading it properly. One of my colleagues at work was listening to the audio version of it and recommended it. This was an excellent read and very relevant to what is happening at the company I am working at at the moment. For me the key takeaway was that what most people call strategy is not actually strategy but vision or goals. Strategy is setting a direction and what needs to happen to achieve it. The observations about the approaches of Walmart and Cisco were particularly good.

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Blackout by Marc Elsberg

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1 min, 187 words

This story documents one scenario that could happen when the nightmare happens of a massive power cut across Europe. It starts with a number of threads and weaves them well together. It follows an Italian as he realizes it is a terrorist attack on the smart power meters. This destabilizes the power grid which takes down most of the grid across Europe. A second attack targets the power plants. This leads to a power cut across Europe that lasts days and the storyline of how they track down the cause and the perpetrators.

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Leaders Eat Last by Simon Sinek

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2 min, 287 words

I really liked Simon Sinek's other books but didn't get into this one as much - don't get me wrong, it is still an excellent read and you can learn a lot.

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