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Storm12's current reading list includes

The Blood of Strangers - Frank Huyler

Ben

The Blood of Strangers - Frank Huyler

Ben

This small book of stories gives a glimpse into the world of an A&E department in a large American hospital.

Shocking. Surprising. Wry. Human.

The author used to be a physician and the tales he tells are gripping, surprising, revealing, moving and intriguing. Some are just a couple of pages long and others are much more complex and in-depth. They all reveal something fascinating about human nature when it's placed in a difficult position. Link to Amazon

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Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks

Ben

Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks

Ben

I read this book a few years ago and it was incredible: a moving, harrowing, realistic story of life in France before and during WWI, told from the point of view of a young man.

Birdsong stayed on my bookshelf after I finished it and as I write this I'm reminded of the mix of emotions I felt as I read it. I really ought to pull it out and read it again.

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Inside Alcatraz: My Time on the Rock - Jim Quillen

Michael

Inside Alcatraz: My Time on the Rock - Jim Quillen

Michael

I was inspired to read this book after taking a tour of Alcatraz whilst visiting San Francisco and found it gripping! I couldn't put it down. I found Alcatraz a fascinating place to visit, full of mythical aura and mystery and this book really brings to life the daily life and conditions for the inmates.

Written by Jim Quillen, (prisoner AZ586), who was sentenced to forty-five years after previously escaping from San Quentin prison where he'd been serving eighteen months for armed robbery, this book recounts his ten years served at America's most notorious prison. You feel like you are living every minute of Jim Quillen's life with him, and it feels like it is written in a very honest way. It tells the full backstory to his upbringing and how numerous silly teenage pranks and bad decisions ultimately set him on a road to breaking the law, getting arrested and doing time.

It captures and details daily life in the prison, solitary confinement, encounters with 'the Birdman of Alcatraz' and the famous 1946 escape attempt which led to the forty-six hour Battle of Alcatraz riot.

If you've visited Alcatraz then this book goes to further enhance that unique eye-opening experience. Equally too, if you are fascinated by the mystery and legend of the place, this book is a must read.

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The Paradox Trilogy - Rachel Bach

Stefan

The Paradox Trilogy - Rachel Bach

Stefan

Wow. Just finishing this recently, and I am blown away. Tomb Raider meets Star Trek AND Star Wars. Loved this book (that is crying out to become a movie) with a central female mercenary that plays in this action packed, sci-fi spectacular and awesomely graphic (in my mind) thriller.

This has a plot of galactic proportions and is touched with an unlikely romance with an old story of human sacrifice that all come together in a race to save the universe.

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The E Myth - Michael E. Gerber

Matt

The E Myth - Michael E. Gerber

Matt

Why Most Small Businesses Don't Work and What to Do About It

The E-myth book was a great read, especially as a business owner. It talks about the three characters that we must embrace being a leader (entrepreneur, manager and technician). The entrepreneurial myth: the myth that most people who start small businesses are entrepreneurs and the fatal assumption that an individual who understands the technical work of a business can successfully run a business that does that technical work. This is most commonly, not the case.

 

Gerber walks you through the steps in the life of a business from entrepreneurial infancy through growing pains to the mature business perspective. Most importantly, he draws distinction between working on your business and working in your business.

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Only Forward - Michael Marshall Smith

Paul

Only Forward - Michael Marshall Smith

Paul

This was Smith's first book and it's jam packed with enthusiasm and completely mental ideas!

I love this book, i've never read anything like it. It's quite traditional in the way it's written but what makes it stand out for me is the way the plot changes, turns and the fantastic way the story unfolds.

 

It's hard to review as I don't want to give anything away but throughout the whole book, it keeps you guessing as to what exactly is the whole thing about.

 

All I can say is read it! It's well worth it!

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