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This book will enlighten the atheist, Christian and philosopher. Freeman provides a robust history of the western mind from Homer to Aquinas. Delving into mans own thinking from hundreds of years passed can be a difficult and biased task; but Freeman has done so with a meticulous and good-faith pen. Blending artwork, literature and history 'The Closing of the Western Mind' unfolds the complex worldviews that arose from the marriage of Christianity and government after the death of Constantine.
I was looking for an easy and captivating read. I saw the cover of this book and thought it would be mild and simple, quick and fun short stories. Just from reading one micro-drama I randomly chose from the book, I fell in love with the creativity and disturbing nature of the stories. Almost every single story has a plot twist and you can't figure it out until you get to the end, meaning it won't be easy to lose interest. The stories started out as banter between coworkers who would share very dark stories between themselves over voicemail. They decided to then release their stories to the world, wishing to entertain those who enjoy dark humor more than most. Every story is grim and puts the character in eerie and dire situations, but the stories were written to make them more of a dark comedy that are pleasant to read. If you're looking for a thrill or disturbing, yet fun, read I would read these micro-dramas.
Imagine a trip back to childhood, where questions abound and everything is new. Not everything in the adult world makes sense, from the accountant who calculates constantly for no apparent reason, or the lamplighter who lights his lamp only to circle his small planet and put it out again. What our hero the Little Prince also finds are friends and even a very special rose that teach him how to hold on to those childlike moments. A short novel for children and adults alike, The Little Prince is a classic not to be missed.
Junot Diaz's multi-award winning book is a nimbly versed, tragi-comic epic which follows young Oscar as he journeys from the Dominican Republic to New Jersey; love to heartache and comic books to Doctor Who... "there and back again." The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao will embrace anyone who identifies as a Latino, nerd, immigrant and truly any DREAMER in every sense of the word.
This is a non-fiction book that discusses the uses of our most sacred place of secrets: a google search bar. What you do not want to tell strangers or discuss even among friends, you may ask google. Macro-level data helps us discover trends and patterns that we would never openly admit on a survey.
The House of Night Series is such a fun and entertaining series for both teens and young adults. The plot is not only well written but the author creates back stories to characters that are in depth. For teens and young adults this book really put an emphasis on what it's like coming of age even if the main character isn't exactly human. It's very relatable and thrilling. I'd definitely recommend this book.
John Truby's Anatomy of Story is a brilliant book to read if you're just getting into writing for film or television. He goes deep into detail about the many different types of stories and how to keep the reader or viewer on the edge of their seat the entire time. If you're looking for a book to teach you and give you new ideas and inspiration, there is no book I recommend more than this.
After a strange incident, Hannah is convinced that someone is hunting her, and the adults just won't listen to her evidence. With reluctant help from her ex, Veronica, its up to these witches to find out who wants to cause them harm. This book explores the concept of identity without relying on a Coming Out experience, which is refreshing for books of this nature, as this shows that there is more to a story involving LGBTQ characters than who they love. Dealing with changing relationships, trust, and a different type of "coming out", These Witches Don't Burn doesn't pull its punches when displaying young love and the aftermath of it.
This is fantastic young adult fiction read that I happily recommend to friends and family in their forties. Gail writes in such a fun and witty style that I want to devour every little morsel her typewriter spits out. Etiquette and Espionage is the first in a series (get the whole thing, trust me) and it is a coming of age, steam-spunk, spy, romantic comedy, mystery, about the strength of friendships and believing in yourself. There are Werewolves, vampires, schools on hot air balloons, and these are the good guys! Age appropriate, no matter the age, and I highly recommend having a decent cuppa while you read. If you love it we can be besties! - Jenn
I recently got back into really reading X-men titles and this was one of the first ones I picked up considering it was one of the most recent along with X-Men Gold and X-Men Blue. It has a great cast of classic and new X-men characters and some very striking social commentary as all great X-Men titles do. Unfortunately the single issues of the comics are no longer being made as a new X story is launching in October but that has the upside of there only being 3 volumes of X-Men Red to find and read. Happy reading True Believers.
I first read this book when I was 19. I was so into it that I read the first three books in less than a month. It dragged me in and wouldn't let go. I could not put it down. Its an amazing read for people of any age group. I highly recommend this to anyone looking for a fun, magically mysterious read.
Gretchen McCulloch's Because Internet is a love letter to our modern methods of communication. If you've ever found yourself thinking that the internet is destroying modern language, or if you've struggled to communicate with other generations because you use punctuation differently, this is the book you want to turn to. Language is the most revelatory way to understand a culture and what is important to the people within in. Because Internet is friendly and inviting to the sociolinguistics newcomer, with plenty of meat to chew on for people who are already familiar with the field but want to deepen their knowledge. You'll look at internet communication, and your own typing habits, differently after reading this one!
I don't know about you, but I've never felt a pit in my stomach over a story about frogs or bats, but this book changed that for me. The author delves into some of the issues we are facing across the planet in terms of loss of biodiversity and some of the things causing it. Our own wellbeing as a species depends on the wellbeing of the wildlife across our planet and the ecosystems on which they depend and should be protected at all costs before any more damage is done.
Love the dynamic between two teenager protaganist, straightforward brawn Taiju and sarcastic scientist Senku, as they rebuild human society while reviving people with the power of science. Of course it not easy for them, for not only is nature against them, but their fellow humans as well as the unknown entity that started this situation in the first place. This is a fun Manga that based everything in science we know today, as well as leave clues for readers to figure out what happen.
The Terror showcases Dan Simmons' in-depth research of early arctic exploration. The fine historic detail pulls the reader into a world utterly different from the present day. Frigid, often deadly conditions test the explorers in every conceivable way. The characters range from absurd (those with power) to enigmatic (those trying to survive). Things take a sinister turn as the crew enters uncharted waters. Slowly the crew and the reader start to question what is real. I really enjoyed this book because the story takes wild turns and shows the world to be stranger than anyone expected.
This is the first book of an amazing series. So far the author has only written the first three books but plans to have ten books in the series. This story is written from three main characters' point of view and they are all very deep and complex, but also very easy to fall in love with. The magic in this world is so incredible and different from any I have ever read. The best part about this book is the illustrations they are so beautiful and they are all part of one of the characters' journals. The author is a must and by far my favorite!
A wonderful introduction to the rich, unique world of the Witcher franchise. A story that hits the ground running and drops you in the middle of its lore and magic and feeds you information bit by bit rather than hands you large pieces of exposition. It simultaneously tells the current tale of a recovering Geralt, as he tells stories of his own adventures. A very enjoyable lead in to a great line of books and games.
A great book on the Yugoslav Wars of the early 1990s. It tells the story of a war correspondent who wanted to experience war for himself first-hand so he hitchhiked his way into the Balkans. The book tells an amazing story of the best and worst that humanity has to offer during the Balkan's ethnic civil war. Not many books have been written about this conflict, and this one focused more on the author's perspective on the conflict; foregoing the overall military strategy of the war. My only wish was that we got a broader perspective of the civil war instead of one man's perspective. Still this is a book to recommend to anyone interested in military history.
The writing style of this dark fantasy is what grabbed me. It is terse, concise and gritty. In this world everyone is born into a caste, all bird castes from the phoenix caste (who are rulers) to swan, dove, hawk, crane, owl, vulture, gull, pigeon, sparrow and crow, the lowest of the castes who take care of people who die of the plague. There is also an interesting element of magic. I loved the bird castes and can't wait for book two, Faithless Hawk, which comes out next year.
The second chapter of the popular podcast turned graphic novel, The Adventure Zone: Murder on the Rockport Limited is an excellent adaptation of the source material. The characters are witty, unique, and hilarious with and Agatha Christie type twists and turns. I would highly recommend reading the first graphic novel before picking up this one.