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July 28, 2008

Does Johnny Bunko know best?




Sitting poolside yesterday, I read through a fascinating career book written by Daniel Pink. Yes, that would be the same Daniel Pink who wrote New York Times bestselling  A Whole New Mind: Why Right Brainers Will Rule the Future. His message and writing style really resonate with me.

This time, however, I read The Adventures of Johnny Bunko: The Last Career Guide You'll Ever Need. Johnny Bunko is not a typical book in many ways. It's written in the Japanese comic style called manga. Visually engaging through the use of illustrated facial expression and movement, it's different than the ordinary career book. The reader feels a part of the story, taking in anecdotal blurbs while also heeding the advice offered to the main character in the story. The advice is relatively straight-forward, but I won't divulge any career secrets here. You'll have to read the book - and it's a fun, quick read.

The book does have good advice and occassional chuckle-inducing scenes. I wonder if readers are more open to understanding an author's point when innovative ways to tell the story are used? In fact, Johnny Bunko will be the topic for a virtual book discussion within the 3D world called Second Life. In any case, check this book out for yourself and keep a few set of chopsticks in your desk drawer... you might need them someday.


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