Review: We All Need Heroes

By Jamie Alan Belanger on December 31, 2013 11:44 am · 0 Comments

We All Need Heroes: Stories of the Brave and FoolishWe All Need Heroes: Stories of the Brave and Foolish by Simon Zingerman

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

First, as a disclosure, the author of this book contacted me directly and offered a free copy in exchange for this review. I just wanted to say that up front. And getting a free copy in no way influenced me to say anything positive or negative. What follows is my usual honest opinion:

This book is a collection of stories — some inspiring, some fascinating, some just plain crazy. Some stories were familiar while others were new to me. Each story is no more that two pages, and many are smaller than that. This makes the entire book perfect for reading when you have a lot of small time chunks. We all definitely do need heroes to look up to, to learn from, to emulate, and (sometimes) to laugh at.

The PDF I read had statistics after each story that seemed arbitrary. Granted, individual perceptions differ. I found the inclusion of these statistics was interesting at first, then I soon started scrolling past them. For example, a story of Joshua Bell (one of the top musicians in the world) playing in a subway during rush hour, for free, brought a huge smile to my face. I read the story twice since it was so interesting. The author of this collection gave that story a “Happy Reading” rating of 15% and an “Entertaining” rating of 30%. I can’t agree with either of those ratings… rather than get upset or confused with ratings that I didn’t agree with, I just stopped reading those statistics.

It’s interesting to note that these story statistics (and all graphics except for the cover) are absent from the EPUB I was sent. I glanced at the EPUB version once and then went back to the PDF. Even without reading the statistics section, I still liked seeing the occasional amusing graphic after a story.

Overall, I found this to be an enjoyable collection of real-life stories, easily worth a 3 to 4 star rating.

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