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quote 2017-01-28 07:35
"Who controls the past," ran the Party slogan, "controls the future: who controls the present controls the present." And yet the past, though of its nature alterable, never had been altered. Whatever was true now was true from everlasting to everlasting. It was quite simple. All that was needed was an unending series of victories over your own memory.
1984 - George Orwell,Erich Fromm

Scary how fiction can sometimes apply to current events, isn't it? With all of the "alternative facts" stuff going through the media, social media included, right now, this quote stuck out to me as being unbelievably relevant. Those in control of the government in the book are seeking to control what is perceived as true through careful control of the past, the present, and the future.


Yes, for the record, I am reading this because many are reading this. I am also reading it because I haven't before and always meant to do so. I think it's an important book, and now is probably a pretty critical time to read and understand anything involving mass control over what we, the general public and perceived plebeians, understand to be true.


Reading is very, very important, whether you want to admit it or not. It allows for the challenging of one's thoughts and opinions, opens the mind up to different ideas, and feeds the brain to keep it from falling into complacency and disuse. Empathy grows with the reading of fiction, as does how we understand the world. Politics have always and will always play a significant role in fiction.


Read as much as you can.

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text 2016-12-09 15:54
Bookhaul #35

This is the last bookhaul of the year! These are the last books I got: 

Heartless was one of the most anticipated books of the year (because I loved The Lunar Chronicles), but it took a while before I could order it. Now I finally have it! 


I already have the entire non-fiction by Orwell, but in a bindup. I decided to buy this one because the bindup is way too big to take it everywhere with you (and a friend of minde said she would like to buy 1984 when I read it). I also got The Bone Season from her, because she had a duplicate and asked if I'd like to has this one. 


The next books I want to collect/get are the books in A Darker Shade of Magic series by V.E. Schwab (since the last book in that trilogy comes out at the end of February) and because I want them in hardcover, I'm only going to buy one book a month.


What are some  of your recent book purchases?

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quote 2016-11-13 08:23
Jeśli się kogoś kocha, to się go kocha, a gdy nie ma już nic, co można by mu zaoferować, wciąż daje się miłość.
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quote 2016-11-13 08:19
Wolność oznacza prawo do twierdzenia, że dwa i dwa to cztery. Z niego wynika reszta.
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review 2016-11-08 11:30
What if Doctor Strange were a disciple of Dormammu?
What If? (1977-1984) #18 - Peter Gillis,Tom Sutton,I. Watanabe

This went along a strange, new path, giving readers a Doctor Strange they had never seen.   Dormammu uses Mordo to attain Doctor Strange as a disciple early on, which is the only time he could have manipulated Strange.   Strange is obsessed with power and wealth, with healing his hands, and it is easy enough to convince him to become Dormammu's disciple when Dormammu has the power to heal Strange's hands.   Furthermore, it is pointed out that The Ancient One could have healed Strange, but didn't.   Why not?   It's a question that has no easy answer, because the journey to discovering his own true power lies in his hands not being healed and him not going back to the same selfish and smug life he led before.   I was filled with an equal measure of pity and disgust for Strange: he was so easily deceived and so early fled back to his early, easy life.   He wasn't the same man, not at all, and he was worse off for this fact. 


He thought he was happy, but he found true pleasure in helping and serving others as the Sorcerer Supreme.   He never had true friends, true connections, until he devoted his life to saving others.   He never had an ounce of compassion until he himself was brought low. 


I can't see him being the same at the end of this, even though it shows him his true path in the end.   He wasn't brought to the same depths of despair, he wasn't forced to slowly and painfully relearn a craft, wasn't taught to dedicate his life to truly helping others in this, and that saddens me.   I felt hollow and sad most of this issue, and it hit home how much I care for Strange as he is.   


The ending felt particularly hollow, as it glossed over a lot: will he be quite as empathetic and compassionate?   Will he find his true calling as the Sorcerer Supreme?   Will he succeed, and find the fulfillment and happiness that his counterpart, the one I'm familiar with, knows?


I found I was more interested in this than anything else, and all these questions were unanswered.   I enjoyed the journey more than I didn't, even when I was saddened.  This really made me feel for the character, so three stars seems to be where I'm left by this.  

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