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Old Man's War by John Scalzi
"Good, if reviewed as military/comedy fiction.
Weak, if reviewed as science fiction.

I get that it's about war, but the graphic violence doesn't do much to force the reader to think.
I found it was important to hold off drawing moral conclusions until..." Read more of this review »
Old Man's War by John Scalzi
"I am so glad John Scalzi stopped whatever he was doing in the real world and started writing books. He may borrow a few things from other Sci Fi writers but there is enough pure imagination to make this a fascinating read. The story is continued f..." Read more of this review »
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
"I love the sarcasm. Heller uses cynicism to marginalize the humanity of the main characters. The novel is filled with hilarious irony and raunchy amorality. The comic style is a powerful tool to deliver the themes of atheism, insanity, and bureauc..." Read more of this review »
Buddha or Bust by Perry Garfinkel
"The title and cover image are deceiving. This is a rich and contemporary look at both the historical person, the philosophy he introduced to the world, and the current climate, experience, and ministries of the Buddhist community. Very much worth..." Read more of this review »
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Big Picture by Huston Smith
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Huston Smith was a beautiful person. His passion and sincerity for the topic make this very brief overview of the world’s religions and their relationship to science a pleasure to listen to.
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Not a Sound by Heather Gudenkauf
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Clever at times but ultimately predictable.
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After On by Rob  Reid
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The book is okay, not particularly memorable I thought, especially when held up to the Neal Stephenson standard. The chatty AI was silly and kind of killed any serious aspect of the story for me.

The real winner here was Rob Reid's After On podcast.
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After On by Rob  Reid
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The book is okay, not particularly memorable I thought, especially when held up to the Neal Stephenson standard. The chatty AI was silly and kind of killed any serious aspect of the story for me.

The real winner here was Rob Reid's After On podcast.
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Thomas Carlyle
“May blessings be upon the head of Cadmus, the Phoenicians, or whoever it was that invented books.”
Thomas Carlyle

Fyodor Dostoyevsky
“I love mankind, he said, "but I find to my amazement that the more I love mankind as a whole, the less I love man in particular.”
Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov

Fyodor Dostoyevsky
“Nothing has ever been more insupportable for a man and a human society than freedom.
–The Grand Inquisitor”
Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov

Emma Lazarus
“Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me:
I lift my lamp beside the golden door.”
Emma Lazarus

Cormac McCarthy
“The man who believes that the secrets of the world are forever hidden lives in mystery and fear. Superstitiion will drag him down. The rain will erode the deeds of his life. But that man who sets himself the task of singling out the thread of order from the tapestry will by the decision alone have taken charge of the world and it is only by such taking charge that he will effect a way to dictate the terms of his own fate.

I dont see what that has to do with catchin birds.

The freedom of birds is an insult to me. I'd have them all in zoos.

That would be a hell of a zoo.

The judge smiled. Yes, he said. Even so.”
Cormac McCarthy

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