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The Lotus Quest by Mark Griffiths
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There was some very beautiful imagery within this book. The author clearly has a deep appreciation and understanding of aesthetics- specifically those of Japan, which, of the cultures of the world, is the country most associated with attention to bea...more
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The Alteration by Kingsley Amis
The Alteration
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One of the best introductions of any book I have read in recent memory.

Dense, moving, playful, inventive, detailed, intelligent, fear-inspiring, compassion-inducing, tragic, symmetrical, unfair.

A brilliant insight into theocracy and tyranny.
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The Alloy of Law by Brandon Sanderson
The Alloy of Law (Mistborn, #4)
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Once again, not a fan of this setting. However, it was better than I expected, and managed to weave the story with the older lore, which provided, at least, an interesting synthesis of styles.
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I don't know what I was expecting, but I expected more.
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Christopher Hitchens
“[Said during a debate when his opponent ridiculously asserted that atheism and belief in evolution leads to Nazism:]

Atheism by itself is of course not a moral position or a political one of any kind, it simply is the refusal to believe in a supernatural dimension. For you to say of Naziism, that it was the implementation of the work of Charles Darwin is a filthy slander, undeserving of you, and an insult to this audience. Darwin’s thought was not taught in Germany; Darwinism was derided in Germany along with every other form of unbelief that all the great modern atheists, Darwin, Einstein and Freud were alike despised by the National Socialist regime.

Now, just to take the most notorious of the 20th century totalitarianisms, the most finished example, the most perfected one, the most ruthless and refined one, that of National Socialism, the one that fortunately allowed the escape of all these great atheists, thinkers and many others, to the United States, a country of separation of church and state, that gave them welcome, if it’s an atheistic regime, then how come that in the first chapter of Mein Kampf, that Hitler says that he’s doing God’s work and executing God’s will in destroying the Jewish people? How come the fuhrer oath that every officer of the Party and the Army had to take, making Hitler into a minor god, begins “I swear in the name of almighty God, my loyalty to the Fuhrer?” How come that on the belt buckle of every Nazi soldier it says Gott mit uns, God on our side? How come that the first treaty made by the Nationalist Socialist dictatorship, the very first is with the Vatican? It’s exchanging political control of Germany for Catholic control of German education. How come that the church has celebrated the birthday of the Fuhrer every year, on that day until democracy put an end to this filthy, quasi-religious, superstitious, barbarous, reactionary system. Again, this is not a difference of emphasis between us to suggest that there’s something fascistic about me and about my beliefs is something I won't hear said and you shouldn't believe.”
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“Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials.”
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“Poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese.”
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“Everybody does have a book in them, but in most cases that's where it should stay.”
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“The way to love anything is to realize that it may be lost.”
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