In spite of the indulgence of illogical character development and basic deduction flaws in Doyle's first Sherlock novels, they are, in my opinion, sti...moreIn spite of the indulgence of illogical character development and basic deduction flaws in Doyle's first Sherlock novels, they are, in my opinion, still priceless literature. The novels, irregardless of the inconsistencies, are wonderfully woven with threads of colorful clues in varied intensity of terror, keen observation, "elementary" deduction and incredible chain of reasoning... including elimination.
".. when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth?"
Bear in mind that these early work "bumps" were ironed out eventually in the subsequent canonical story lines as the characters & plots were refined. Holmes, although a confessed cocaine & morphine addict, truly became a extraordinary logician. No one could question the devotion & confidence of Dr Watson toward the detective, nor would anyone doubt the cunning evil of Professor Moriarty.
In these first novels, Sir Doyle builds the very foundation for the brilliant sleuth & his loyal companion. Although fictional and from another era, the character has much to impart to "good-readers" of today.
In the "The Adventure of the Lion's Mane", Holmes attributes his success, in part, to and describes himself as “an omnivorous reader with a strangely retentive memory for trifles”.
The author, Beth Moore, is a down to earth, unpretentious personable "gal." At no time does one feel that they are being "preached to." Although not p...moreThe author, Beth Moore, is a down to earth, unpretentious personable "gal." At no time does one feel that they are being "preached to." Although not pushy, Beth is a knowledgeable teacher. The book, as well as the complimentary video, is well documented with scripture and frequent references to original script and accurate translation. Her teaching relates well with the modern woman.
One special highlight I learned from her study was the revelation of the power of God's original name ehyeh - translated into English as "I am." When the guards arrested our Christ in the garden, they asked which man was Jesus. The Son of God, responded with "I am." (Beth pointed out that most Bible translations CHANGE the accurate translation of Jesus' response by adding the word "he" and thereby read "I am he.")
The simple words "I am" (God's own name for Himself as identified in Exodus 3:14), spoken with the authority of the one true God produced such power as to literally knock the men to the ground. How awesome is that?
The compatible workbook to Jesus The One and Only was a bit tedious and at times felt silly & condescending. Given the need to meet the needs of a broad and diverse span of Bible students of all ages, one can be forgiving of the simplistic nature of the study guide.
My advice: Read the book, watch the video (DVD), but skip the workbook unless you are a babe in Christ.(less)
This Bible is absolutely the most exciting study version I've ever seen! Not only is the NIV translation accurate, but easy to read and comprehend.
The...moreThis Bible is absolutely the most exciting study version I've ever seen! Not only is the NIV translation accurate, but easy to read and comprehend.
The archaeological articles envelope and take one back to the moment of scripture origin. Notes on the original Greek, Hebrew (& rare Arabic) script help one fully understand the full impact and intention of the text.
This Bible also includes invaluable sections such as Bible Book introductions including information about the author, cultural & historical facts, time lines, themes, an outline and more. Also included is a concordance, charts, color illustrations, chronological historic lists with references, a glossary, tables, maps and even more information in the "Helps" section.
The leather binding is of decent quality but I recommend keeping it in a quality (X-lg) study case. The paper quality is fine. Although a bit small, the type set is clear and easy to read. The articles and illustrations are remarkable.
Not only is this volume easy to use and relevant but also makes it fun to read and study the Word of God.(less)
Who can resist the charm of J. R. R. Tolkien's brave little hairy toed Hobbits, awesome Gandalf the Grey, Aragorn, Tom Bombadil, Elf-lord Glorfindel,...moreWho can resist the charm of J. R. R. Tolkien's brave little hairy toed Hobbits, awesome Gandalf the Grey, Aragorn, Tom Bombadil, Elf-lord Glorfindel, Half-elven lord Elrond, beautiful Arwen, Boromir, Lady Galadriel, Gimli the Dwarf, and Legolas the Elf.
Tolkien describes Hobbits: "I picture a fairly human figure, not a kind of fairy rabbit as some of my British reviewers seem to fancy: fattish in the stomach, shortish in the leg. A round, jovial face; ears only slightly pointed and 'elvish'; hair short and curling (brown). The feet from the ankles down, covered with brown hairy fur. Clothing: green velvet breeches; red or yellow waistcoat; brown or green jacket; gold (or brass) buttons; a dark green hood and cloak (belonging to a dwarf)."
Even Hobbit names are whimsical and bring on a smile. Bilbo Baggins Frodo Baggins Samwise "Sam" Gamgee Meriadoc "Merry" Brandybuck Peregrin "Pippin" Took Fredegar "Fatty" Bolger
Recipe for IRREPRESSIBLE, SPELL-BINDING literary entertainment:
Find featured, always hungry Hobbits in hobbit-holes in a Shire and/or at Birthday celebration. Mix with good & bad Wizards, Elves, Dwarves, a magical gold ring everyone wants, Orcs, terrifying Ringwraiths, a once "of hobbit-kind" creature called Gollum, a demon Balrog, a giant spider named Shelob, tree-like Ents, Humans, huge elephant-like Oliphaunts and Trolls. Then throw in lots of adventures, battles, magic, love, death, humor, loyalty, friendship, tears and fear. Arrange all ingredients to make the reader stay up for days... unwilling to do anything but read the next sentence, next paragraph, next page, next chapter, then next book until you finally wave goodbye to Bilbo, Frodo, Gandolph and the elves as they ... read the books and find out!! (less)
I liked Sagan and his "billions and billions" charm. I am sorry he is no longer sharing planet earth with us. As with all of...moreShort review - huge book.
I liked Sagan and his "billions and billions" charm. I am sorry he is no longer sharing planet earth with us. As with all of his publications, Contact was well written, entertaining & educational. However, it left me wondering if Sagan truly was an agnostic. (or atheist?)
I hate to admit (& regret the fact) that the religious characters in the book do indeed reflect some Christian's attitudes and beliefs. There are times we (Christians) can do more harm than good with our closed minds and adamant viewpoints. A few, loud bad apples ...
Ellie is the director of "Project Argus," (in which scores of radio telescopes in New Mexico are used to intensely search for extra-terrestrial intelligence (SETI). Her character, near the beginning of the story, states the agnostic viewpoint that "there isn't compelling evidence that God exists... and there isn't compelling evidence that he doesn't."
Later, after she has indeed not only contacted, but inter-acted with what she "knows" to be other-world intelligent entities (extra-terrestrials) but no one believes her, she is again faced with the conundrum of knowing something through personal experience without having documented, scientific proof (faith.)
The protagonist's frustration spoke to my spirit and my own staunch belief in God: I "know" for a certainty by personal experience but can't prove it by using Sagan's novel computing digits of π (pi) or any other scientifically accepted method. (less)
Sagan is no doubt a legend in astronomy and astrophysics. Carl stated repeatedly that he can't fully fathom what an otherworldly being would look like...moreSagan is no doubt a legend in astronomy and astrophysics. Carl stated repeatedly that he can't fully fathom what an otherworldly being would look like because his perception of life is not only bound to a single speck in the universe but is also bound to a single strata of life (as a mammal himself.) I couldn't agree more - we are so very limited in our comprehension of the universe and the "billions and billions" of bits of information yet to be recognized as even existing. However, his images of feasible extraterrestrial life forms are fun & intriguing, to say the least.
Although I personally disagree with his religious beliefs (or rather, lack thereof), I find no contradiction to his conclusion that we are constructed of the "stuff of stars." “We have begun to contemplate our origins: starstuff pondering the stars”.
Unlike Sagan, I know the cosmos designer personally and so when this starstuff (me) ponders the stars I see them clearly as works of art not accident.
The book, Cosmos, was a delight if only for the fantastic pictures and photographs! Many of the photos are of planets and other extraterrestrial objects as viewed from space - not typical from earth shots.
The scientific data is also mind boggling.
So, setting aside Carl's philosophical (not scientific) viewpoints, his superb writing ability, personal charm, scientific compilation, open imagination and the book format are exceptional. A must see.. if not read!(less)
Anne McCaffrey and then Todd (her son, starting in 2004), have woven a fabric of tenuous survival on Pern where life resembles a pre-industrial societ...moreAnne McCaffrey and then Todd (her son, starting in 2004), have woven a fabric of tenuous survival on Pern where life resembles a pre-industrial society with lords, holds (cities, towns and farms), harpers (basically musicians and teachers), riders and their dragons.
There are four basic social groups: Weyrfolk (including Dragonriders) live in the Weyrs Holders live in the Holds Crafters live in Crafthalls (or work their crafts in certain Holds) Holdless who have no permanent home (traders, displaced Holders and bandits)
All life relies on the intelligent fire-breathing dragons and dragon riders to destroy the dreaded spores of "thread" which periodically rain down due to Pern's orbiting rogue planet called the Red Star.
When hatching, the dragons and their personal rider develop an emotional and telepathic bond by a process called Impression.
Dragons of Pern are not only varied in size but vary in social status. The largest I can remember was the gold queen dragon, Ramoth, measuring about forty-five feet.
The McCaffrey's successfully pull you into the Pernese way of life. You struggle, laugh, love and live with the people. You fall in love with their beloved dragons and want to soar the skies yourself as a "Dragonrider of Pern."
MUST READ - FANTASY LOVERS The Dragonriders of Pern trilogy: Dragonflight | Dragonquest | The White Dragon The Harper Hall trilogy: Dragonsong | Dragonsinger | Dragondrums Other novels: Moreta: Dragonlady of Pern | Nerilka's Story | Dragonsdawn | Renegades of Pern | All the Weyrs of Pern The Dolphins of Pern | Dragonseye | The Masterharper of Pern | The Skies of Pern | After the Fall Short Story Collections The Chronicles of Pern: First Fall | A Gift of Dragons Novels by Todd McCaffrey: Dragon's Kin | Dragonsblood | Dragon's Fire (less)
FYI: wuthering is a Yorkshire word referring to turbulent, wild weather
Find yourself near a Yorkshire manor on the moors. A passionate love is shared...moreFYI: wuthering is a Yorkshire word referring to turbulent, wild weather
Find yourself near a Yorkshire manor on the moors. A passionate love is shared by Heathcliff and his adoptive sister Catherine Earnshaw. The wind is blowing, as always, but the Heather is blooming and growing wild all around them. You can almost catch the fragrance of the strong yet lovely blossoms as the stiff breeze assaults your senses.
I first read this story of thwarted love (which ultimately hurts everyone around them and then destroys the lovers themselves) when I was but a youth. Of course I was touched by the characters and the tragic storyline, but the setting so impressed me that 21 years later I named my daughter after the intoxicating blooms on the moor. Heather was born and, in a way, is a living testament to the captivating imagery of Emily Brontë's one and only novel. (less)
Agatha Christie's Poirot is always sure to tickle not only your "little grey cells" but also your every human emotion. Poirot's dry humor is a delight...moreAgatha Christie's Poirot is always sure to tickle not only your "little grey cells" but also your every human emotion. Poirot's dry humor is a delight. His penchant for order in his personal life is reflected in his method "deduire," and eventually becomes almost annoying. His gentile manner with women and children is endearing. You can't help but wince at his ridiculous waxed mustache. But above all, you'll marvel at his intelligence.
As is his gift extraordinaire, his approach to solving the Murder on the Orient Express is methodical as he most carefully examines the crime scenes and even most obscure clues. But of course, mon amis... he cunningly interviews each suspect - and there are many on board! Always, the little Belgian, relies on his ability to psychoanalyze each character in the drama and any possible link or motive, then neatly tie everything up into one tidy "paquet."
The resolution to this mystery perhaps lends to some sense of satisfaction for justice... but it definitely will surprise even the most sleuth "prudent"!(less)
Everything that can be said about Shakespeare's genius... has. Be it enough, for me, that I've read The Complete Works... in my youth as well as in my...moreEverything that can be said about Shakespeare's genius... has. Be it enough, for me, that I've read The Complete Works... in my youth as well as in my more golden years and wouldn't part with the volume, save a fortune offered.(less)