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Warriors 2 by George R.R. Martin
Warriors 2
by George R.R. Martin
read in July, 2014
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“Seven Years from Home” by Naomi Novik
Genre: Ecological-Conscious Planetary Romance SF & Biopunk SF

Ruth Patrona is sent on a "diplomatic" mission to stir the spiri...more
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Prince of Fools by Mark  Lawrence
Prince of Fools (The Red Queen’s War, #1)
by Mark Lawrence (Goodreads Author)
read in June, 2014
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Prince of Fools was my introduction to Mark Lawrence's novels and therefore I can't draw a parallel with Prince of Thorns, as most reviews that I skimmed do.

The very short summary is this: cowardly, lying, and womaniser Prince Jal is forced to undert...more
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The Tropic of Serpents by Marie Brennan
The Tropic of Serpents: A Memoir by Lady Trent
by Marie Brennan (Goodreads Author)
read in June, 2014
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The second installment of the Lady Trent's Memoirs follows Isabella through her adventure on the continent of Eriga (a pseudo African continent), in pursuit of dragons and academic glory. As expected, after a short detour through the quagmire of the...more
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A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan
A Natural History of Dragons: A Memoir by Lady Trent
by Marie Brennan (Goodreads Author)
read in June, 2014
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Whether you are going to like or not this novel depends largely on whether you can get yourself in the state of mind from a couple of centuries ago and whether you are willing to play along, pretendi...more
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Godzilla by Mark Cotta Vaz
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The quality of this book is undeniable, from the actual content that takes the reader through every step of the film-making process, to watermarks of the paper. The reading includes details about the...more
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Summoned by Anne M. Pillsworth
Summoned (Redemption's Heir, #1)
by Anne M. Pillsworth (Goodreads Author)
read in June, 2014
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While, as I write this review, one of the other books on my shelf is The Definitive H.P. Lovecraft by H.P. Lovecraft, I have to admit my ignorance when it comes to the Cthulhu Mythos and the Necronomi...more
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A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin
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The City and the City by China Miéville
The City and the City
by China Miéville (Goodreads Author)
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The Fourth Way by P.D. Ouspensky
The Fourth Way
by P.D. Ouspensky
read in September, 2013
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I don't think one can review this book. My suggestion is to read its first chapter: if one is "ready" for it, it will blow her/his mind. (There is one particular idea that is shocking and scary in its truthfulness, but everyone has to discover this f...more
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P.D. Ouspensky
“Attaining consciousness is connected with the gradual liberation from mechanicalness, for man is fully and completely under mechanical laws.”
P.D. Ouspensky, The Fourth Way

P.D. Ouspensky
“Q. But it seems to me there are circumstances that simply induce one to have negative emotions!

A. This is one of the worst illusions we have. We think that negative emotions are produced by circumstances, whereas all negative emotions are in us, inside us. This is a very important point. We always think our negative emotions are produced by the fault of other people or by the fault of circumstances. We always think that. Our negative emotions are in ourselves and are produced by ourselves. There is absolutely not a single unavoidable reason why somebody else's action or some circumstance should produce a negative emotion in me. It is only my weakness. No negative emotion can be produced by external causes if we do not want it. We have negative emotions because we permit them, justify them, explain them by external causes, and in this way we do not struggle with them.”
P.D. Ouspensky, The Fourth Way

P.D. Ouspensky
“Q. Surely it is easier to be objective about other people than about oneself?
A. No, it is more difficult. If you become objective to yourself you can see other people objectively, but not before, because before that it will all be coloured by your own views, attitudes, tastes, by what you like and what you dislike. To be objective you must be free from it all. You can become objective to yourself in the state of self-consciousness: this is the first experience of coming into contact with the real object.”
P.D. Ouspensky, The Fourth Way

P.D. Ouspensky
“Many things are mechanical and should remain mechanical. But mechanical thoughts, mechanical feelings—that is what has to be studied and can and should be changed. Mechanical thinking is not worth a penny. You can think about many things mechanically, but you will get nothing from it.”
P.D. Ouspensky, The Fourth Way

Joan D. Vinge
“But what force in the galaxy is stronger than she is?"

"Indifference." Jerusha surprised herself with the answer. "Indifference, Gundhalinu, is the strongest force in the universe. It makes everything it touches meaningless. Love and hate don't stand a chance against it. It lets neglect and decay and monstrous injustice go unchecked. It doesn't act, it allows. And that's what gives it so much power.”
Joan D. Vinge, The Snow Queen

Duplicity (Excerpt From Chapter I) (Science Fiction & Fantasy)
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Description: 6/1/14: DUPLICITY has reached #1 on Authonomy in less than 5 months (http://authonomy.com/books/57098/duplicity/) and now, on the Editor's Desk, it waits its review. Feel free to check it out on that site, since GoodReads is anything but user-friendly and uploading the latest draft is akin to computing square roots by hand. * * * Novel synopsis: on a futuristic planet, the leaders of a legalized criminal organization and their mysterious opposing radicals are on a competing quest to unravel the mystery of the disappearance of the repository of collective knowledge. Excerpt synopsis: This section introduces one of the main characters of "Duplicity". Aldrick Cerxkim, first-rank governmental delegate, is sent on a suicidal mission to find the anarchists. His path however is strewn with many perils... This excerpt represents the beginning of the science-fiction novel I'm working on (expected completion date March 2014). I do have a complete first draft but about a third of it needs to be edited for style and I need to fix some holes in the plot.
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