Tonawanda News

May 27, 2010

Take my advice: Skip self-help book 'Momentum'

By Paul Lane
CNHI

NORTH TONAWANDA — After taking in Robb Munger’s self-help book “Momentum,” the only help the reader will need will be in trying to forget it.

Focusing on the concept of “Intentional Velocity” (see where you want to go and go there, but do so methodically), “Momentum” fails to follow its own advice.

Instead, the readers gets to take in Munger’s boring life experiences that inspired the book (which take up at least three-quarters of the book) and doesn’t seem to have a cohesive plan for where to take the story.

The advice the book manages to squeeze in between Munger’s incessantly long anecdotes (slow down, relax, have foresight) is good, but it’s available anywhere. And to sit down and read this book — which compares life’s distractions to cow poop on the front porch — is about the worst possible way to get said advice.

By the time Munger starts offering advice, the reader is bored beyond belief by his backstory (some perspective is necessary for such a book, but Munger assumes that readers care too much about him — or even know who he is).

This book doesn’t know where it wants to go, is poorly written and is an utter waste of time. If you decide to read it for some reason, you’ll likely find that you would have preferred poop on your porch instead.

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A comic book with a name like “Kill Shakespeare” suggests that, at the very least, the reader will be exposed to someone’s overactive imagination.

And this reader was. Along the way, also, was the set-up for a halfway decent story.

The new series seems headed just toward where its title suggests, reimagining some of the bard’s creations and using their creator as the antagonist.

As the series opens, Hamlet is banished from Denmark after mistakenly killing Polonius as revenge for his father’s death. His boat to England was raided by pirates, and he washed up in a strange land ruled by King Richard III.

The king needs Hamlet to kill the evil wizard Shakespeare so that Richard can rule. In return, he promises to resurrect Hamlet’s father.

Um ... yeah.

If you don’t have a problem with bastardizing classic literature, “Kill Shakespeare” might make for a decent read for you. The book is most definitely a creative work, and the art is top-notch.

The series publishes new editions monthly, and a six-volume compilation is due out in November. Whether you get it now or later, it’s OK to be a borrower or a lender of “Kill Shakespeare.”

IF YOU READ

• WHAT: “Momentum”

• BY: Robb Munger

• DETAILS: Published by Intentional Velocity, 113 pages

• GRADE: D-

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• WHAT: “Kill Shakespeare”

• BY: Conor McCreery and Anthony Del Cor

• DETAILS: Published by IDW Publishing, 30 pages

• GRADE: B