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11 years Ago

Four Short Book Reviews

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Rough Music: Blair, Bombs, Baghdad, London, Terror by Tariq Ali
Ali’s scathing recap of the Blair/New Labour era in British politics reminds the world that the British have just as much to answer for as the Americans when it comes to picking absolutely corrupt leaders. It’s a very short book, but packed with a very succinct rundown of the depths of Blair’s moral depravity – depths which brings him to the nadir once monopolized by good old “iron balls” Maggie Thatcher.
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Books read in 2008

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  1. A Widow for One Year (1998) – John Irving (second half)
  2. Bleachers (2003) – John Grisham
  3. The Glass Castle (2005) – Jeannette Walls
  4. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (1950) – C.S. Lewis
  5. Tuesdays with Morrie (1997) – Mitch Albom
  6. Die Weisse Massai (2000) – Corrine Hofmann (de)
  7. The Kite Runner (2003) – Khaled Hosseini
  8. A Thousand Splendid Suns (2007) – Khaled Hosseini
  9. The Book of Saladin (1998) – Tariq Ali
  10. The Great Gatsby (1926) – F. Scott Fitzgerald
  11. More Tales of the City (1980) –... [More]

Citations from A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway

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“The world breaks everyone and afterwards many are strong at the broken places. But those that will not break, it kills. It kills the very good and the very gentle and the very brave impartially. If you are none of these, you can be sure it will kill you too, but there will be no special hurry.”
Page 178

'It is the body that is old. Sometimes I am afraid I will break off a finger as one breaks a stick of chalk. And the spirit is no older and not much wiser.‘

‘You are wise.’

‘No, that is the great... [More]

Page 187

Citations from the Human Stain by Philip Roth

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“It was time to yield, to let this simple craving be his guide. Beyond their accusation. Beyond their indictment. Beyond their judgment. Learn, he told himself, before you die, to live beyond the jurisdiction of their enraging, loathsome, stupid blame.”
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“Nor was he a radical or a revolutionary, not even intellectually or philosophically speaking, unless it is revolutionary to believe that disregarding prescriptive society’s most restrictive demarcations and asserting independently a free personal... [More]”
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12 years Ago

Books read in 2007

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  1. Cell (2007) − Stephen King
  2. The Essential Ghandi (second half) (1962) − Mahatma Ghandi (edited by Louis Fischer)
  3. Zwischen Krieg und Terror (2006) − Ulrich Tilgner (de)
  4. A Man without a Country (2005) − Kurt Vonnegut
  5. Wild Fire (2006) − Nelson DeMille
  6. Das Parfum (1994) − Patrick Suskind (de)
  7. Cobweb (2005) − Neal Stephenson & J. Frederick George
  8. The New Rulers of the World (2002) − John Pilger
  9. Thud! (2005) − Terry Pratchett
  10. Count Zero (1987) − William Gibson
  11. Infinite Jest (1996) − David Foster... [More]

13 years Ago

Books read in 2006

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  1. Song of Susannah (2004) − Stephen King (second half)
  2. The Dark Tower (2004) − Stephen King
  3. Things Fall Apart (1959) − Chinua Achebe
  4. Blink: the Power of Thinking without Thinking (2005) − Malcolm Gladwell
  5. No Longer At Ease (1960) − Chinua Achebe
  6. ‘Tis (1999) − Frank McCourt
  7. Teacher Man (2005) − Frank McCourt
  8. City of Light (1999) − Lauren Belfer
  9. Night Watch (2002) − Terry Pratchett
  10. Der große Boss: Das Alte Testament, Unverschämt fromm neu erzählt (1992) − Fred Denger
  11. Going Postal (2004) − Terry... [More]

14 years Ago

Books read in 2005

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  1. Monstrous Regiment (2005) − Terry Pratchett
  2. Die Vergessliche Nation (2004) − Gore Vidal (de)
  3. Fight Club (1996) − Chuck Palahniuk
  4. Bush in Babylon (2003) − Tariq Ali
  5. The Poisonwood Bible (1998) − Barbara Kingsolver
  6. Across the Sea of Suns (1984) − Gregory Benford
  7. America (The Book) (2004) − The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
  8. A Small Death in Lisbon (1999) − Robert Lisbon
  9. Deception Point (2001) − Dan Brown
  10. Darwin’s Children (2003) − Greg Bear
  11. Amerikas Kreuzzüge (2005) − Claus Kleber (de)
  12. Gravity’s... [More]

15 years Ago

Books read in 2004

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  1. Harry Potter and Order of the Phoenix (2003) − J.K. Rowling
  2. Das Rennen Zum Mars (1999) − Gregory Benford (de)
  3. A People’s History of the United States 1492-Present (1980) − Howard Zinn
  4. Kicking Away the Ladder: Development Strategy in Historical Perspective (2002)- Ha-Joon Chang
  5. Vitals (2002) − Greg Bear
  6. Inventing a Nation (2003) − Gore Vidal
  7. Understanding Power: the Indispensible Chomsky (2002) − Noam Chomsky
  8. Practical File System Design: The Be File System (1998) − Dominic Giampaolo
  9. Illuminati... [More]

Books read in 2003

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  1. Mort (1987) − Terry Pratchett
  2. The Light Fantastic (1986) − Terry Pratchett
  3. Equal Rites (1987) − Terry Pratchett
  4. The Hogfather (1997) − Terry Pratchett
  5. Drug Crazy (1998) − Mike Gray
  6. Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace (2002) − Gore Vidal
  7. Dreaming War (2002) − Gore Vidal
  8. Rogue States (2000) − Noam Chomsky
  9. XML In a Nutshell (2001) − Harold and Means
  10. Fortunate Son (2001) − J.H. Hatfield
  11. Interface (1994) − Neal Stephenson
  12. Echt Zauberhaft (1994) − Terry Pratchett (de)
  13. Der Kleine Hobbit (1999) − J.R.R.... [More]

Books read in 2002

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  1. Culture Jam (1999) − Kalle Lasn
  2. Black House (2001) − Stephen King
  3. Need and Desire in the Post-Material Economy (1998) − James Heartfield
  4. Ordeal of Change (1963) − Eric Hoffer
  5. Age of Access (2000) − Jeremy Rifkin
  6. God’s Debris (2001) − Scott Adams
  7. Count of Monte Cristo (1844) − Alexandre Dumas
  8. Rush Limbaugh is a Big Fat Idiot (1996) − Al Franken
  9. Voltaire Stories (Candide, Micromegas, Zadig, Ingenu, White Bull) (1759) − Voltaire
  10. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (1997) − J.K. Rowling
  11. Harry... [More]

17 years Ago

Notes written during reading of the Dune books

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“A ‘code’ of ethics is a myth. It is only in the most convoluted of circumstances that ethical dilemmas arise. Up to that point, there is no moral quandary. Simply because there exist cases for which a simple, straighforward, common-sense ethics has no answer is no reason to doubt its validity where it does apply. Social interaction is not mathematics; one example does not suffice to disprove its correctness. Therefore, for most matters, there is only one ethics to which all can adhere − that... [More]”

18 years Ago

God Emporer of Dune Notes

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Page 130 − “It was not until the instant of this experience that I understood what he had meant by the ‘wordless truth’. It happened, yet I cannot describe it.” − Chenoeh

Page 162 − “[The military] believe that by risking death they pay the price of any violent behavior against enemies of their own choosing. They have the invader mentality. [They] don’t believe [themselves] responsible for anything done against aliens.” − Leto II

Page 196 − “The mind imposes this framework which it calls... [More]”

Heretics of Dune Notes

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Page 123 − “At the quantum level our universe can be seen as an indeterminate place, predictable in a statistical way only when you employ large enough numbers. Between that universe and a relatively predictable one where the passage of a single planet can be timed to a picosecond, other forces come into play. For the in-between universe where we find our daily lives, that which you believe is a dominant force. Your beliefs order the unfolding of daily events. If enough of us believe, a new... [More]”

Chapterhouse: Dune notes

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Page 68 − “All of us are descendants of people who did nasty things, Rabbi. Remember, it is the victors who breed. … victory is sometimes acheived at a moral price. … Barbarism is not even the proper word for some of the evil things our ancestors did.” − Jessica, Jewish Wild Reverend Mother

Page 78 − “Rules are often an excuse to ignore compassion” − Odrade

Page 103 − “Many things we do naturally become difficult only when we try to make them intellectual subjects. It is possible to know so... [More]”