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Sum by David Eagleman
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Nov 13, 2009

it was amazing
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Read in November, 2009

I loved this little collection. This sort of spiritual "what-if" musing is one of my own favorite internal indulgences, and I was very pleasantly surprised with the possibilities posited and explored by the author. His own "what-ifs" managed to be both simultaneously reverent and irreverent without pontificating or hedging or indulging in the maudlin. The brief-yet-expansive stories were thought-provoking, funny, sad, championing, chastising, and inclusive. They were speculative scientifically, spiritually, and emotionally, and they covered a surprisingly wide swathe of ground.

I borrowed this book from the local library, and now I find that I want to own a copy, because it would serve as a useful meditative tool as well as a joy to re-read whenever I need a bit of a think or a reverie to put things in perspective.

I would recommend this small volume to most anyone with a thoughtful streak. Don't be fooled by thinking its brevity indicative of over-simplicity or triteness; there's a feast for thought to be found here.

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