I discovered this book after stumbling upon a request by the author for some feedback from an atheist group. Kind of like falling into a lions' den. :...moreI discovered this book after stumbling upon a request by the author for some feedback from an atheist group. Kind of like falling into a lions' den. :) Given the tenor of some of the comments, I was intrigued and took some time to delve into the contents of the book, and while I have not read a majority of it, I have read enough to note that the author, with whom I have several disagreements, has obviously spent a great deal of time thinking about the relationship between science and religion in hopes that one might find some grounds for reconciliation.
Educated at Cambridge, the author is a mechanical engineer (I admit to having a soft spot for engineers - they actually build stuff), and as such I might wonder whether he would place as much faith in someone who refused to test the structural integrity of a bridge i-beam as he does in untested pronouncements with regard to religious faith.
Nevertheless, I think the book appears well-thought through (even though he came to the wrong conclusions in my view) from what I have read and well-written. If you are interested in discussion about the intersection of science and faith (God knows the Templeton Prize has been after such thoughts for years), you might very well enjoy the book. It's certainly cheap enough for your Kindle.
Normally, I would probably not rate it at 5 stars, but thought it might balance out the one-star which seemed unwarranted. The whole star business is silly anyway.(less)
Labels have become the bane of our political existence. If you don't want to read this book I highly recommend Brian Lamb's interview with the author...moreLabels have become the bane of our political existence. If you don't want to read this book I highly recommend Brian Lamb's interview with the author which explains a great deal about the origins of Libertarianism (from the classic liberal) to what we now know as the "hard" libertarian.
I doubt if any of the explanation will make any difference given our propensity for assigning everyone to little niches and categories where they can be shunted aside, but it might help focus one's own thinking about where each of us falls on the political spectrum.
I stumbled on this book through a mention by Max Allan Collins. Ennis Willie is another of those who has become relatively unknown, but who Collins co...moreI stumbled on this book through a mention by Max Allan Collins. Ennis Willie is another of those who has become relatively unknown, but who Collins considers one of the best of the noir genre. He wrote about 21 hard-boiled novels in the early sixties and then disappeared from writing. It was later discovered he had opened a printing business in Atlanta and given up writing.
Ed Gorman and Collins have been part of the resurrection of his books and I thought I would give one a whirl. I liked it.
Sand (notice the use of one name only, a characteristic of the Parker and Nolan novels)is on the run from the mob and has sought shelter in an old gothic castle-like house run by the hunchback Count Bello who guarantees the safety of his guests. That guarantee was shattered. Sand is forced to defend himself against a mob plant and then help investigate the murder of a young woman who is found outside his room on the balcony. Then another woman is killed.
Not high art by any means, and the sex scenes are very chaste sixties and a bit unreal, but if you are at all interested in the evolution of the hard-boiled genre, this is a must.(less)