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review 2018-11-25 19:02
Closed Time-like Curves: “Brief Answers to the Big Questions” by Stephen Hawking
Brief Answers to the Big Questions - Stephen Hawking


“Is there any point in hosting a party for time travelers? Would you hope anyone would turn up?
Hawking’s answer: In 2009 I held a party for time travelers in my college, Gonville and Caius in Cambridge, for a film about time travel. To ensure that only genuine time travelers came, I didn’t send out the invitation until after the party. On the day of the party, I sat in college, hoping but no one came. I was disappointed, but not surprised, because I had shown that if general relativity is correct and energy density is positive, time travel is not possible. I would have been delighted if one of my assumptions had turned out to be wrong.”

In “Brief Answers to the Big Questions – The Final Book” by Stephen Hawking.



I'm not really asking a question - a lot of what Hawking talks about really isn't even theoretically testable. Theoretical physics does tend in that direction - often it talks about ideas that are not testable yet, and may not be for a long time, or which are mathematical speculation as much as observation.

 

 

If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.

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review 2018-11-06 06:14
Ask Me No Questions (Lady Dunbridge Mystery, #1)
Ask Me No Questions - Shelley Noble

I got an uncorrected advance reader copy at Bouchercon this year, but it was from a freebie table, meaning there is zero chance of bias.

 

Up front this is definitely an uncorrected ARC and I sincerely hope that someone not only corrects the grammatical and punctuational errors, but the huge, gaping plot error.

 

Briefly as possible:  Lady Dunbridge's friend's husband is murdered.  Lady D and friend find a hidden safe deposit box key in a safe, and checking the box they find thousand of dollars in cash, which they take out and hide.  At the denouement it is revealed that he had this cash with him when he died, that the murderer took it after shooting him.  Which would make it impossible for Lady D and friend to find it in his safe deposit box afterward. I mean, I'm pretty sure the murderer didn't kill him, take his money, and then return it to the victim's safe deposit box for the two women to find.

(spoiler show)

 

Those issues aside, it's not a bad read.  Lady Dunbridge is an interesting mix of traditionalist and modernist, in much the same way I'd bet a lot of women were at the turn of the century, just before WWI.  Her morality has left the Victorian Age behind, but her pragmatism has her actively searching for a new husband who can maintain her in the lifestyle befitting her Countess title.  That she decides to do that in America is a slight twist on an old theme. 

 

Some of the secondary characters are all written to be interesting in their own right, with Lady D's ladies maid being a downright lady of mystery with some mad and disconcerting skills.  Others are more cardboard prop-ish; either they have more development planned in future books (?) or they weren't meant to be more than props.

 

There's no romance, although the Countess is plenty interested, and there's heavy foreshadowing of mysterious men and sadly, a possible love triangle.   Nothing specific, just inferences that can be made from inescapable tropes.

 

The plot, other than the train-sized hole running through the end of it, was pretty interesting.  In a very weird coincidence, the book centered on horse-racing; the Belmont Stakes, specifically.  (I was completely unaware of this when I picked it up to read.)  It was an interesting story, and I loved the tie in with Doyle's Silver Blaze (which, towards the end of the book became Silver Blade, something I really hope they catch before publication).   It could have been a tighter story - it did drag a bit in the middle - but overall, it held my attention.

 

I'd probably read another one if it comes across my radar; there's enough here to show promise.

 

I'll use this book for my Melbourne Cup Day Festive Task, since it's been handed to me.  (Read a book about horses or a horse on the cover.)

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text 2018-09-11 11:05
OT: 40 Questions and Answers

1. Is trust a big issue for you?
Yes
2. What is the last beverage you had?
Since tap water and mineral water probably don’t count, I’ll say tea.
3. Do you own a pair of skinny jeans?
Haha. No.
4. Do you think you’ll change in the next three months?
Yes.
5. Who do you feel most comfortable talking to?
My sister.
6. The last time you felt broken?
Sadly enough almost all the time.
7. Are you in a good mood?
At the moment yes, at least in an ok mood.
8. Are your eyes the same color as your dad’s?
My dad is dead, but yes. 
9. Is your current hair color your natural hair color?
Yes, but I’m considering dyeing it blue or green.
10. What was the last thing that made you laugh?
My children’s antics. 
11. Do you really truly miss someone right now?
Yes, my maternal grand parents, my dad and my aunt.
12. Are you one of those people who never drinks soda?
Yes.
13. Do you ever write in pencil anymore?
In the past years, not for a long time, but actually this past year, I’ve been making some notes about my children and my nieces in a very cute calendar.
14. Do you believe in love at first sight?
Yes.
15. Who did you last call?
My mother.
16. Did you hug/kiss one of your parents today?
No. I don’t get along with my mother.
17. Who was the last person to call you?
Probably my sister.
18. Ever use a bow and arrow?
Yes.
19. Last time you had a portrait taken by a photographer?
When my sister graduated from high school. I didn’t want to be in the photos and looked grumpy in them.
20. Is Christmas stressful?
Yes.
21. Have you ever had a pierogi?
Yes. I hope that’s the correct spelling. I found these questions on Tumblr.
22. Favorite type of fruit pie?
I mostly have apple pie so I’ll pick that.
23. Occupations you wanted to be as a kid.
Archaeologist, astronaut (lol).
24. Do you believe in ghosts?
I’m not sure.
25. Ever had a déja vu feeling?
Yes, many times.
26. Do you take a vitamin every day?
Yes. Vitamin B12. I had a deficiency and nearly died.
27. Have you ever taken dancing lessons?
Yes, classical ballet. Not seriously, just simple dancing for small children. But I did get to play the king in Sleeping Beauty at the end of term.
28. Is there a profession you picture your future spouse having?
I’ve been thinking about that a lot. It’s hard to guess at an unlikely future, unfortunately, but maybe an archivist, librarian, teacher, architect or engineer.
29. Can you curl your tongue?
Yes.
30. Have you ever won a spelling bee?
We don’t have them but I might have won if we did. When we had spelling tests I usually aced them. Not that I want to boast about it. School was really bad for me. Like in a really good Swedish song: ’real life killed me on the school bus’. It was like that except I never went on a school bus. For me it should be in the school yard or in the class room.
31. Do you study better with or without music? 
Without.
32. Have you ever been in love?
Yes.
33. Hot tea or cold tea?
Hot tea. 
34. Tea or coffee?
Tea.
35. Can you swim well?
I used to but I haven’t done it in a long time. They say those skills don’t last.
36. Can you hold your breath without holding your nose?
Of course.
37. Are you patient?
Yes.
38. Have you ever won a contest?
Yes, an art contest in high school.
39. Black or green olives?
Black.
40. Do you want to get married?
Yes, if I could find ’Mr Right’.

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text 2018-08-18 18:26
New meme

1. Favorite animals?

 

Since I love most animals, it would be easier to mention my least favorite animals which are komodo dragons, snakes, spiders etc. 

 

2. Any book recommendations?

 

The Faeland and Faeguard series by Anthea Sharp.

 

3. Three favorite colors?

 

Blue (in different shades), green (in different shades) and dark red. I also like lemon.

 

4. Do you like tea or coffee?

 

Tea, at least to some extent. I’m not crazy about it. Lemon, lime and peppermint, flavored black tea and herbal tea.

 

5. What’s your favorite nature spot to read?

 

In general I don’t like to read outdoors at all, but if I do it would be in a garden or park, in the shade. My eyes are a bit sensitive to strong light. 

 

6. Favorite flowers?

 

Apple blossoms, forgetmenots and geraniums/pelargoniums.

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text 2018-04-18 20:05
April belongs to "The Chalk Man" and CJ Tudor! Book Club & Ask the Author Your Question

 

What are your reading in April? We're reading The Chalk Man by CJ Tudor! And we have a surprise for BookLikes readers. CJ Tudor agreed to answer questions from her fans and readers!

 

Make sure to leave your question to the author below and share your book review. If you haven't read the book yet, please JOIN the Book Club and the discussion groups. Links are below:

  

⭐ Ask a Question with C.J. Tudor, CLICK TO leave your question for the author 

YOU ASK A QUESTION, CJ TUDOR ANSWERS.

 

LEAVE YOUR QUESTION TO THE AUTHOR IN THE COMMENT SECTION BELOW

OR CLICK AND GO TO THE FORM.

 

The Event is also on Facebook, share it among your friends :)

Click to go to the Event on Facebook

 Click to go to the Event on Facebook

 

 


⭐ CLICK to go to The Chalk Man Buddy Read Book Club

CLICK to go to The Chalk Man discussion group

⭐ CLICK to share your answers in The Chalk Man Questionnaire - 10 Questions about the book

 

We'd love to know how did you like the book and what are the best (and the worst, if any) parts and characters in it. We've prepared a set of questions and we'd like to ask you to share your views :)

 

You can share it in the discussion group OR on your blog with The Chalk Man 10 Questions tag. Thank you! 


1. How do you like the characters, their personalities and motivations? Are they well developed or one-dimensional ? 
2. How do you like the twists & turns, did they meet your expectations, did they make you guess, did they glued you to the book?
3. At what point in the book you solved the mystery secret or at least you thought you did ;)? 
4. Did you pick out some clues hidden by the author?
5. They say the book is Stephen King-like, do you agree? 
6. What lines struck you? 
7. Did the book ending fulfill your expectations?
8. To what kind of reader would you recommend the book? 
9. Was it a good mystery read? 
10. Have you reviewed the book on your blog? If so, please add a link to your review. 

Psst. Please remember that some readers haven't read the book yet so if you'd like to reveal more facts, please use the spoiler tag. 

 

The Chalk Man - C.J. TudorThe Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor 

It began back in 1986, at the fair, on the day of the accident. That was when twelve-year-old Eddie met Mr Halloran - the Chalk Man. He gave Eddie the idea for the drawings: a way to leave secret messages for his friends and it was fun, until the chalk men led them to a body. Thirty years later, Ed believes the past is far behind him, until an envelope slips through the letterbox. It contains a stick of chalk, and a drawing of a figure. Is history going to repeat itself? Was it ever really over? Will this game only end in the same way?

 

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