I don't usually start reading book wondering whether my mother would like it or not, but I just spent the long weekend with my parents and my four sibI don't usually start reading book wondering whether my mother would like it or not, but I just spent the long weekend with my parents and my four siblings and various of our offspring and I guess I was thinking about them. And my mother wouldn't like this book - the beginning is very negative and there's lots of swearing in it. I almost didn't keep reading after the prologue . However, members of my group on Goodreads have recommended Thomas as a crime writer and so I continued.
Well the first sentence of chapter 1 had me hooked:
Now and again, during what he sometimes thought of as his exile, Tito Ihaka would wonder what he'd be doing if he'd remembered to forget his cellphone.
The ubiquitous cellphone! I'm even using mine to write this review! And I'm reminded of that song from the 50s or 60s - "if I didn't have a dime and I didn't something something something beside the jukebox" - and I love it, I love stories with an IF as a major factor.
So, I really enjoyed this book. I enjoyed reading about people I'm glad I don't know; l enjoyed the way the setting up in the prologue was completely forgotten by me because I was so caught up in the story; I enjoyed the place, because this is my home (Auckland), and I enjoyed the hero Tito Ihaka; I will definitely be reading more by Paul Thomas....more
I borrowed this from the library to be part of my 'Vintage 57' reading challenge, and was pleasantly surprised to find it interesting and very readablI borrowed this from the library to be part of my 'Vintage 57' reading challenge, and was pleasantly surprised to find it interesting and very readable. The author is a journalist who went to report on the American presence in Iraq, and while travelling with a group of soldiers lost his right hand to a grenade.
The book details his progress in Ward 57, the specialist ward for amputees, and that of some of the soldiers he got to know very well. He also muses on the role of a journalist in war, and on heroism. ...more
This book is very well written and covers all the areas one would expect a book that's talking about an intersection between science and religion. I wThis book is very well written and covers all the areas one would expect a book that's talking about an intersection between science and religion. I went to a conference (or was it a series of seminars? ... who knows....) a few years ago and it was more up to date with the science, which one would expect as this book was written 60 years ago.
It's a little while now since I was actively involved in the church and I'm finding it difficult to remember what the terminology for different types of Christians is. What Ramm is saying here is that evangelicals don't have to believe the world was created in 6 days, 6000 years ago, so clearly many of them do (or did a his time of writing). Nor do they have to believe literally in any of the other stuff that conflicts with the findings of science.
Ramm summarises his whole book in the epilogue, beginning with the statement that
no man of science mat withhold faith by reason of the following ...
However, he insists that one must believe in the virgin birth (see page 205+) and he appears to believe that the New Testament must be accepted as an accurate record. So, in effect, this book is written to convince Christians that science can fit with their religion, but there is nothing in it to persuade a scientist that there is truth in Christianity....more
Boy hero, beasts to conquer, a quest to follow - should be great. Medicine woman who needs to be rescued by the boy; girl companion who is great withBoy hero, beasts to conquer, a quest to follow - should be great. Medicine woman who needs to be rescued by the boy; girl companion who is great with the bow and arrow but who the boy must protect and who is incapable of thinking for herself (e.g. doesn't reach for the beast-killing tokens in the saddlebag she's carrying, until the boy cries out to her that she needs to, and then it's too late!) - a perpetuation of gender imbalance.
I'm glad I've read this. I've seen them on the shelf at the bookshop and haven't been drawn to reading them, but discovered a 57th in the series (amazing how many I'm finding for my 'Vintage 57' challenge) so borrowed it from the library. Now I've read it, if my grandchildren ever start reading them I can assist in a critical evaluation of male/female roles in children's literature....more
You know those irritating kids that have to stick their heads into every photograph that's being taken (I know a few adults still like that, now I comYou know those irritating kids that have to stick their heads into every photograph that's being taken (I know a few adults still like that, now I come to think about it)? Well, Moose is one of them. He's desperate for his turn! Never mind that M is on the downhill end of the alphabet. He just can't understand why it's taking so long. And then when Zebra, who's in charge, gives the M to Mouse, our over eager Moose throws a tantrum!