Television Show Review: The Walking Dead: Season 5

The Walking Dead Season 5

The Walking Dead: Season 5 created by Frank Darabont (AMC, Circle of Confusion, Valhalla Motion Pictures) Starring Andrew Lincoln, Steven Yeun, Chandler Riggs, Norman Reedus, Melissa McBride, Lauren Cohan, Emily Kinney, Danai Gurira, Sonequa Martin-Green, and Chad L. Coleman. *Spoiler Alert for Previous Seasons* Execution You can have the greatest ideas in the world but if you can’t execute, what’s the point? Millions of businesses start with a great idea. The ones that last are the ones that follow through on it. The dreamers need a balanced team capable of filling in the details of the plan. The Walking Dead has always suffered from this fateful issue. Season after season, the writers attempt to balance violence and action with the… Read More →

Book Review: Foundation and Empire

Foundation and Empire

Foundation and Empire by Isaac Asimov (New York: Everyman’s Library, 2010; originally published in 1952. 664 pp) Isaac Asimov was one of the most prolific writers and editors of modern times, with approximately five hundred books in his bibliography. He died in 1992. Sci-Fi Worlds Perhaps the most critical aspect of science fiction and fantasy genre writing centers upon the ability for an author to build a world. Readers, given their grounding in reality, need extra description the more abstract the setting. When a narrative situates itself in modern-day Los Angeles, the author can get away with leaving the setting in the periphery. But when your entire story sits in a galaxy far, far away, you better offer some vivid… Read More →

Book Review: Execution

Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done by Larry Bossidy and Ram Charan (New York: Crown Publishing, 2009 Revised Edition. 320 pp) Larry Bossidy earned a B.A. in Economics from Colgate University. He began working at General Electric in 1957 and worked his way up the corporate ladder finally securing Vice Chairman in 1984. He has also served as Chairman and CEO of AlliedSignal and Honeywell Corporation. An author, consultant, and scholar, Ram Charan has consulted with companies such as GE, KLM, and Bank of America. He has taught at Harvard Business School, the Kellogg School of Management, and Boston University. The Academy and the Company Having experienced this phenomenon over the last year or so, I can safely attest… Read More →

Book Review: Come in and Cover me

Come in and Cover Me: A Novel by Gin Phillips (New York: Riverhead Books, 2012. 352 pp) Gin Phillips is the author of the Barnes & Noble Discover Award-winning novel The Well and the Mine. She lives in Birmingham, Alabama. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Little, Brown and Company. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”. There’s Honor in the Attempt I gave it a shot and I didn’t get very far. Gin Phillips’ Come in and Cover Me just… Read More →