The Futurist Best Download || [James P. Othmer] The Futurist Best Download || [James P. Othmer] - The Futurist, The Futurist Yates is a Futurist Which is a fancy way of saying he flies around the world lecturing various conferences confabs and conglomerates dispensing prepackaged bullshit in an attempt to stay just ahea The Futurist Best Download || [James P. Othmer] - The Futurist, The Futurist Yates is a Futurist Which is a fancy way of saying he flies around the world lecturing various conferences confabs and conglomerates dispensing prepackaged bullshit in an attempt to stay just ahea
The Futurist Best Download || [James P. Othmer], The Futurist, James P. Othmer, The Futurist Yates is a Futurist Which is a fancy way of saying he flies around the world lecturing various conferences confabs and conglomerates dispensing prepackaged bullshit in an attempt to stay just ahead of the latest trend and claim he saw it first But now Yates has lost faith in the very future that he s paid to sell and gives what should be a career ending rant Instead Yates is a Fut.
The Futurist Best Download || [James P. Othmer] - The Futurist, The Futurist Yates is a Futurist Which is a fancy way of saying he flies around the world lecturing various conferences confabs and conglomerates dispensing prepackaged bullshit in an attempt to stay just ahea
What a depressing read this was I was intrigued by the blurbs on the cover and was hoping for an interesting story about a complex character I was wrong.This book felt like a bizarre hybrid of Jerry Maguire and those Dos Equis Most Interesting Man in the World commercials with the wanna be Castro guy It s like Jerry Maguire in that the story centers on a supposed superstar in a prestigious field who has a crisis of conscience and renounces what made him rich Of course, this only serves to make h [...]
This is not a book I would normally pick up so I m thankful for the wonderful book group fiction files redux here on that I belong to that introduced me to Mr James P Othmer What I liked the most about this book was the main character Yates I have nothing in common with him and yet I related to him completely I loved the way he dealt with wacky situations, I loved how he thought, how he felt, and how after his epiphany he called himself on the bullshit others and his own This book was funny, tou [...]
I read this book and it is very good the writing is very crisp and clean, but a bit distant, the main character is cynical but have a bit of a good heart to acknowledge that After reading that, I wished that I had applied to the Futurist position so I could have been a sell out at a higher price with the best perks after college If you want to know about this book, check out my review at
Writing a good novel is difficult.
Amusing at times, but a little too self aware and sarcastically hip to be a truly satisfying read.
Fascinating enough at first was sort of annoyed at the character, but the novel is rather creative in its execution and concept.
Liked it some what but didn t get swept away by the essence of the concept of the book.
I loved this excerpt from The Futurist page 188 190 There was a time when he believed And not just because he wanted to believe, but because he really did believe There was a time when he truly thought that things were always getting better, that the world was a remarkable place where fascinating things happened, every second He believed that science had a heart, that progress had a conscience, and that true art happened in the last synapse before epiphany, in the unstoppable momentum of an orig [...]
To use the old clich , this book had me laughing out loud Yates, the cynical protagonist in this fast moving book, took me on a hilarious ride around the world selling bullshit to countries that could have just used the bull and not the shit I m not a cynic, though I m cynical yeah, right so I appreciated the humor in this book.I swear that I ve met most of the characters in The Futurist, except for Magga, and frankly she scared me I loved Jeremy, the AWOL from the Peace Corps boy and the whole [...]
Subversive take on the Davos speaker circuit explores the human desire to predict the future despite the future ultimately being unknowable as well as the ability for some to profit immensely by acting like a totem pole in a hurricane Never fully takes shape as a thriller and the love story lacks depth in favor of male wish fulfillment Good Could have been great Maybe.
It feels as a socio political essay in the form of a novel, or as a novel in the form of a socio political essay Yates, the conferencist who has made a successful business of anticipating the future which is essentially tailor made for the establishment, finds himself suffering from self disappointment In his quest for redemption, Yates will try to be true to himself only to find out that he cannot escape his tragic mission, to be at the service of the dark side of corporate America Yates oddyse [...]
The Futurist is, oddly enough, about a man who makes his living as a futurist In other words, someone who analyzes trends and predicts the future After giving what should be a career ending speech exposing himself as a fraud, he is recruited by a secret government agency to find out what the rest of the world thinks about Americans Of course, things spiral out of control and he finds himself pursued by Johnson and Johnson agency men , Nostradamus and assorted other strange characters who have ta [...]
This novel is all about a globetrotting futurist named Yates, who journeys from conference to conference dispensing whatever prognostications his corporate sponsors require to stimulate their local economies and He tries to sabotage his career by, for once, telling the truth, and, of course, this sends his career in a whole new direction that provides the framework for the book.Snappy, contemporary writing of it worked for me, though too much of the story was over the top and some of the details [...]
At first glance, this was a book that should have been right up my alley A guy gets sick of the BS he gets paid to feed corporate gatherings, and turns on them As a result, he seems to be popular than ever He s a geek, always encouraging companies to take the next step forward in propelling the bleeding edge But frankly, the guy just wasn t likeable He comes off as a smartass who spouts off one liners and bull like it was nothing, but has no redeeming qualities that make you want to root for hi [...]
The Futurist was an enjoyable action thriller that weaves in technology, globalization, and the pithy philosophies of the 21st century This 2 day read reminded me of the DaVinci Code in that its an action adventure that has stops along the way where, through dialogue, the characters seem to almost lecture the reader on a topic of interest Except in this book the topic is global tech philosophy instead of Christian arcana And this book is actually good The authors bio very much mirrors the main c [...]
This book was kind of disappointing, ultimately, but I definitely did enjoy the first 2 3 of it The main character is a speaker who travels the world talking about all the great things that are just about to happen for the companies that are his clients But he has lost faith in his work and feels aimless and confused He gets a strange offer from a mysterious consortium that wants him to work for them, but he s not sure he s interested.There s a lot of amusing satire about modern marketing and an [...]
This is one of the funniest novels I ve read in a long, long time It s difficult to believe this was Othmer s first novel, and I can t wait for his next one.The Futurist is loaded with fabulous pop culture references and humorous digs at politics, advertising and pop culture itself At times you forget it s fiction because the plot is so realistic given today s cultural climate The novel is especially fun given that Othmer is a refuge from the advertising agency world and I m in a similar field t [...]
This book was chosen for a book club and it s not something I would have picked out At first glance, I didn t think I d like it After reading it I know I was right Hated it The main character was not likable He comes off as a cynical smartass that has no redeeming qualities that make you want to root for him Some of the book was entertaining enough to keep me reading it I liked the interesting and bizarre people he met up with The plot lost it s humor and became too much wouldn t really recommen [...]
I read Othmer s Adland, his memoir of being in the ad business It was hilarious, so I wanted to read his fiction, hoping to find the same sense of humor gracing the pages The Futurist was disappointing in that regard It s a good beach read, fast paced, and his descriptions of things like flying at the speed of sound in a airforce jet are quite excellent Still, this story is written too much like it s preparation for a film script, which I found annoying Indeed, it would make a much better movie [...]
Pretty fair assessment at least from my standpoint of a web developer living in San Francisco, which isn t saying much of what it s like living on the purported forefront of technology and Western culture If you know people like our protagonist Yates or those that move in his circles, this tale will feel familiar and if you haven t clued in to the ridiculousness of it damning.The ending feels kind of rushed, containing action for action s sake as compared to earlier action which drives the narra [...]
A somewhat entertaining book about a once dedicated, but now entirely phony, corporate schill having a crisis of conscience His attempts to sabotage his career and associations with an unidentified government agency create some humorous situations However, the potential was there for a much insightful and enjoyable story Instead,as is the trend these days, it ended up a commentary on Iraq and the Neocon ideology.
Pretty fun book Ruminations on the level of bullshittery currently extant in today s mediasphere Love the ideas presented about futurism, the nature of buzz, and all the weird esoteric marketing stuff that contributes to this immense head cloud of spin and PR I think the narrative goes a little off the rails towards the end, but it s enjoyable and short enough to plow on through pretty quickly.
Easy read, slightly horrifying is it a true story My guess is it s somebody s true story Many people s true story everyone s true story Wake up A little expected that Yates becomes infatuated with items from the past The older the better Think of it as a subway read, a plane trip read Bring another book It goes by quickly It seems that the author wrote it thinking it would be converted to a movie.
About a man who s job is to speak to groups about where the world is headed, he has a revelation about his life and realizes that being a futurist is a waste of time and a lie After finally telling the truth during a major speech, he believes he will be cut off from the community, but instead is praised and recruited for a special assignment that gets him in trouble.
A futurist one who predicts future trends has a personal career crisis after years of increasingly selling his services by telling people what they want to hear He gets caught up in a mysterious, dangerous assignment that brings everything to a head It s mildly amusing otherwise OK, but nothing to get excited about.
A very interesting book If you count yourself as a true reader, you will read this It so much counts the ineptitude, arbitrariness, and sheer popularity of fashionable ideas that if you are a free thinker whatsoever, you would be wary of it at the very least Wary of what The ideas ofcourse lol It is a good book please read it I have nothing to add.
This is a very cynical book with lots of dark humor Although clearly fictional, the author s experience in the world of advertising has left him with a very interesting perspective about how big business and government collaborate in the global marketplace I found it very entertaining, kind of depressing, and hard to put down.
A stylish action thriller and very entertaining read A buddy likened it to the DaVinci Code but instead of focusing on arcane Christian sects, the book looks at the post 9 11 cultural and political zeitgeist If you can in with the right expectations ie don t expect any serious literary awards , you will come away thoroughly entertained.
The main character is a futurist, who speaks to various leaders and organizations and essentially tells them what they want to hear, until he cracks Great setup, but I don t feel like it went anywhere and I have no clue what the purpose of the book was to begin with Kind of a shame.
I liked the idea of this book a cynical futurist better than the implementation I would have preferred him stay cynical and funny rather than getting to the learning a lesson part This book started out fairly interesting and amusing, but then kind of petered out for me.