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I have always been fascinated by what you might call the pathology of ideas -- how they mutate as different societies inherit, steal or are infected by foreign concepts, customs and gods. How a Disney character can become an icon of Islamist martyrdom, how we invent gods because we are afraid of dying, then end up dying for these invented gods. Having seen at first hand, and all too often, the most extreme results of these ever-warping ideas, I sat down and tried to write about them in "Spiders of Allah," the result of seven years covering conflict across the Middle East. Because the history of the region stretches back so far, the ideas that have come out of it have had millennia to warp and twist. You can see front lines that date back th ...more

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I had a piece of shrapnel go straight through my left arm during one of the many, endless battles for Fallujah a decade ago. The wound left almost no scar tissue at all. Three months ago, a vicious but very small bee stung me on almost exactly the same spot on my��right arm, and there’s still a big red mark there. So should I tweak the truth and present the bee sting as the battle scar when dronin

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"Incredibly interesting tale

What a strange and interesting tale. I've never read anything like this. My only complaint is the ending. This easily could have been a two-book series. The epilogue leaves much to be desired; but I still recommend the book" Read more of this review »
The Spiders of Allah by James Hider
"I thought this was an anti-Islam book and the title certainly does suggest that so I did not plan to read it. I read it as research for a story I am writing and found the book is about the spiders of God (Allah means God and the word is not particula" Read more of this review »
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The author takes us through a possible future (with some suspension of disbelief) with as a starting point a recognisable world with believable characters; and riffs throu" Read more of this review »
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