Ashley Pederson


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Smashwords book reviews by Ashley Pederson

  • Invasion of Privacy and Other Short Stories on Aug. 18, 2013

    First off a comment to James Jenkins above me- People only write reviews when they really like something or really dislike something. For this author to have several 5 star reviews just goes to show that he has written an amazing piece of art. For you to come on his review page and leave a 1 star review because you are jealous that he has good reviews is just catty and immature. Invasion of Privacy is an amazing read. As the title suggests, there are several stories within the book. My favorite is Invasion of Privacy itself. A man witnesses his wife Diane get murdered and after attempting to get the police to help him find the killer, decides to take matters into his own hands. His uses his technologically advanced mind to create a software that allows him to see people through their web cameras. This story literally has you on the edge of your seat. You wan't so badly for this loving husband who had his wife die in his arms, to find the man who did it. My second favorite story in the book was Tag, You're it! This story is only two pages long but super interesting. The ending was completely unexpected. Definitely a good quick read. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. First of all, it is free so what is there to argue about that? Second of all, the book had perfect grammar and was well edited. As someone who is a major grammar freak, I was able to relax and read through the book without over-analyzing all the errors I could find. Overall, a quick well written book of stories that will keep you intrigued.
  • Why Leadership Sucks: Fundamentals of Level 5 Leadership and Servant Leadership on Sep. 20, 2013

    It is hard to find a good book on leadership now days. Most of them are filled with filler information to make the book as long as possible. By the second chapter of the book you are already ready to throw it at the wall. This book is different. I recently purchased Why Leadership Sucks when a friend of mine recommended it to me after I told her I had changed my degree to business administration. I am not sure whether she had meant it as a joke or as an educational book but I thoroughly enjoyed it nonetheless. For starters, Miles has the book set up in a way that is easy to follow. Each chapter flows nicely into the next so you don't feel like you are reading a textbook. I really like that this book focuses on how hard leadership truly is. As quoted from the book, "It sucks because real leadership is hard and requires selfless service." This is absolutely true. Most people work hard to get where they are and pick up a lot of slack along the way. This book isn't all roses though. It also puts into perspective the difficulties that come with leadership such as hatred, and the risks that are taken. It talks about what it takes to be a good leader and how to recognize one. Each quote and chapter has something new and educating, much of it stuff I had never heard of or considered before. The author also provides resources throughout the book to help you on your leadership journey. This book was well written, educational, and to the point. If you are thinking of working in leadership or currently work in leadership, I HIGHLY recommend you read this book. It will help you to become the best you can be. Thank God my friend recommended this book to me. It is truly eye opening.