Great goddamn book! You're a sonuvabitch if you don't like it. (jk. The joke is that Goddamn and Sonuvabitch are said like 100 times each). It was a vGreat goddamn book! You're a sonuvabitch if you don't like it. (jk. The joke is that Goddamn and Sonuvabitch are said like 100 times each). It was a very good book though. It read well, it was engaging and entertaining, and amusing....more
...AMAZING! what more can I say. I have yet to finish it, as I just started it the other day, but WOW... despite the whole timeline confusion (with it...AMAZING! what more can I say. I have yet to finish it, as I just started it the other day, but WOW... despite the whole timeline confusion (with it starting after Storm of Swords, then overlapping past events of Feast for Crows), I still find it amazing. I've been going to Towerofthehand.com to review characters and such, but then find that Martin fills in most of my questions after the fact anyways. Hard to remember a book you read years ago. When all 7 are written, I'll be re-reading them!...more
I marked this one down to 4/5 because Martin kind of messed up the flow, in that, only half the characters are in this book, and I had to wait years,I marked this one down to 4/5 because Martin kind of messed up the flow, in that, only half the characters are in this book, and I had to wait years, only to find out book 5 starts after book 3... so yeah, mildly annoyed... but AMAZING BOOKS!!!!!!!...more
All in all, great book, great writing, and great story. I loved it. It was sad, and it was hopeful, but it was also mysterious and intriguing. I'd givAll in all, great book, great writing, and great story. I loved it. It was sad, and it was hopeful, but it was also mysterious and intriguing. I'd give it 5 stars, but there were a couple chapters which were very hard to wrap the head around, very very scientific, to the point I felt I needed a PHD to comprehend it. Those couple chapters were rather long and I feel Stanislaw Lem could have benefited by breaking the information up throughout the book. You get, Story, then a bunch of science, the story, then some science, etc. Don't get me wrong though, this is but a minor inconvenience, the book was quite fantastic, truth be told :)...more
Not a bad book for what it was. I was considering giving it 3 stars, until I saw what a mess they made of the movie Be Cool. The book is 10 times bettNot a bad book for what it was. I was considering giving it 3 stars, until I saw what a mess they made of the movie Be Cool. The book is 10 times better than the movie. The dialogue is good, the pace is fast, and it holds your interest firmly. It's no literary masterpiece, but it's certainly entertaining....more
This book was good. Some people are complaining because, "It's too longgggg", or "There are too many points of viewwww"... or "There's too much politiThis book was good. Some people are complaining because, "It's too longgggg", or "There are too many points of viewwww"... or "There's too much politics"... These are all the things that make the book good. A decent Epic Fantasy novel should empasize the world and the characters in it. That includes politics, how the world runs. All this world building and shaping takes a fair quantity of pages. Really, the books may be long, but they aren't so long that they're a headache to read. One could easily read each book in a week, if they aren't spending 90% of their time watching tv and playing video games. In fact, they're a fairly typical length for an Epic Fantasy Novel. That said, I give it 4 stars because there's always room for improvement somewhere. Now if I were to compare this to The Brothers Karamazov (936 pages Russian Lit novel), I would give The Brothers Karamazov 5 stars, and this 2 stars... for the fantasy genre, it's a 4 star book. But compared to really good books, not so much....more
A most profound work of literary mastery! Astonishing beautifully written language/prose. Wonderfully crafted story. No single person who values the aA most profound work of literary mastery! Astonishing beautifully written language/prose. Wonderfully crafted story. No single person who values the art of written word should go their life without reading such a profound piece of literature!...more
Superbly written book. Very revealing and intriguing. There are however some assumptions made by the author which he does not provide much of a basisSuperbly written book. Very revealing and intriguing. There are however some assumptions made by the author which he does not provide much of a basis for besides personal opinion. That said, he often states that to be the case, though not always. I think it is safe to say that this is a well researched work which is grounded fairly firm by factually derived research.
If you are left, or far left on the political spectrum, you may be offended by the blatant, and in my opinion, "just" demonizing of communism. I'm not certain where I stand on the spectrum, but I'm neither far right, or far left that is certain. I'm certainly an atheist, but most definitely NOT a Communist or Communist supporter. I'd say I'm more center, though not sure whether I lean more left, or more right, as I agree with various policies etc.
This book makes it very clear, through empirical evidence via documented and witness testimony proof, that the Soviet Communists sought to undermine American Democracy by duping American lefts/Liberals/Progressives into thinking that the Communist way was the just way. They employed individuals who created front groups for the Soviets in which they would seek to spread their message to the unsuspecting.
It is clear that the Soviet agenda via the CPUSA and the Comitern was of malicious intent, the intent being to establish a world wide Communist rule on a totalitarian level, as we see given the Communists persistent praising of Stalinism and Leninism. Through these liberal dupes, through dupers, and even the innocent peace loving public, as well as through subversion, the Soviet Union sought to expand their menacing Communist regime internationally again and again. And now, the Americans have a president, Obama, with very startling links to Communism via many of his associates and individuals who helped to get him into the white house. This book reveals that the Communist agenda still exists and that through these Communist supporters, Obama made his way to the top position in America where he is at risk of being manipulated by his far left supporting colleagues into implementing the socialist changes that Communists home and abroad have been seeking to do for over a century.
Former domestic terrorists who are unrepentant about bombings, about killing "pigs", have supported Obama, and are not just associates but something closer, friends. Look up the Weather Underground, Bernadine Dohrn, Bill Ayers and friends, and you'll find yourself shocked by the company Obama keeps. Furthermore, look at the man he considered his mentor, Reverend Frank Marshall Davis, a Communist supporter... I could go on...
Read this book if you're tired of ignorantly accepting everything the media says, as well as what people have tried to say to fool you into thinking Communism is this great thing which we should embrace. On the contrary, Communism has cost tens of millions of lives in the last century through Lenin, Stalin, Mao, and others... a death toll some estimate to be in excess of 100 Million lives!
I additionally have this to say: There are moments in ones life when they experience eye opening revelations, and this book had that affect on me more than once. I've recently read a few books on spying/espionage/communism and am realizing that I've had a lot of misinformation spouted in my direction over the years. In reading this, it is as if a weight has been lifted, the veil of ignorance having been removed has exposed something of a clear image of the past and present in the context of Communism. For this I am grateful. Reading this I was forced to confront my own political position. I determined, though I'm Atheist, I have mixed political beliefs, from both sides of the spectrum. Admittedly this uncertain centrist position leaves one vulnerable. It is books like this that help to solidify ones defenses against those seeking to exploit our vulnerabilities....more
Easy to read, astonishingly insightful. A must read for any Canadian, be you an average joe, a corporate entity, or a political candidate etc... ThisEasy to read, astonishingly insightful. A must read for any Canadian, be you an average joe, a corporate entity, or a political candidate etc... This book outlines the problems of spying on Canada, how to solve them, and also informs corporations how to better safe guard themselves against spying and espionage. There are a great many examples and stories about cases which make it a intriguing fast paced read....more