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review 2018-02-09 08:00
The Girl Who Played With Fire
The Girl Who Played with Fire - Stieg Larsson

After finishing the first book I went immediately to the bookstore in order to buy the sequels. On the one hand I was really curious to figure out how to story would end, but on the other I was a little scared because the first book seemed rather closed for me.

While The Girl Who Played with Fire felt like a completely different book, with a different style and a completely different kind of mystery to it, I still liked it, though maybe not as much as the first book in the series. While this was a very fast paced read, it would take years for me to actually pick up the third book.

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review 2018-02-08 08:00
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo -

Seldom has a book been hyped to the extend as the Millennium trilogy by Stieg Larsson. I can not say I have been unaffected by this, since I went and bought the books. The first one, The Girls with the Dragon Tattoo was my favourite because of the closed room mystery which was presented. I have a soft spot for those.

It actually took me some time to figure it all out, especially due to quite some red herrings, but the interactions between the two main characters made the wait worth it. Lisbeth is of course the real main character of the series and has become a prototype for the strong female protagonist.

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video 2017-08-14 03:48
Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches - Tony Kushner
Angels in America, Part Two: Perestroika - Tony Kushner
Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes - Tony Kushner

Read the book long ago and it is time for re-read.

 

The trailer for NT live looks amazing. 

 

Andrew Garfield plays Prior Walter along with a cast including Denise Gough, Nathan Lane, James McArdle and Russell Tovey. 

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review 2017-04-20 03:48
Nearly Historical Hilarity
Dave Barry's History of the Millennium (So Far) - Patrick Frederic,Dave Barry

Back in high school, I worked at a public library (shock, right?), and I kept shelving this book -- Dave Barry Slept Here, and eventually succumbed and took it home -- several times. I fell in love with Barry's humor, and read him a lot over the next decade -- every book, as many columns as I could find, etc., etc. But I eventually stopped, for no good reason that I can think of (it's probably not Harry Anderson's fault) -- and have really only read his novels since then.

 

Still, when I saw this audiobook on the library's site, it was an automatic click -- without even reading the description. This is essentially a reprinting of his "Year in Review" columns for the first few years of this millennium and a review of the previous 1,000 years of human history.

 

It was hilarious. Just that simple. There's nothing more to say, really.

 

In the beginning Frederic played it straight -- which surprised me a bit, but I liked the effect. A serious reading of Barry's goofiness worked remarkably well. Later on, Frederic seemed to loosen up -- he even did a couple of decent impressions. I really enjoyed his work on this.

 

Yeah, the humor's a bit dated, but funny is funny. This is a great look back at the early part of the 21st Century (and before). I laughed a lot, remembered a few things, and generally had a good time with this.

Source: irresponsiblereader.com/2017/04/19/dave-barrys-history-of-the-millennium-so-far-audiobook-by-dave-barry-patrick-frederic
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review 2017-04-16 01:51
The Millennium Bug
The Millennium Bug: Is This the End of the World as We Know It? - Jon Paulien,B. Russell Holt

The world approached the year 2000, the threat of disaster due to a glitch in programming to our technological world was all the rage in the media only to fizzle out.  However Jon Paulien’s The Millennium Bug is not about Y2K, but about how Christians—more specifically Seventh-day Adventists—should approach the then upcoming calendar change to 2000 when thinking about the “end times”.

 

Almost 20 years ago, the world was getting both excited and anxious about the upcoming new millennium.  Besides the magically alluring numeral 2000, there were questions about if the change would adversely affect computers causing chaos and to many Christians if this change in millennium would see Jesus’ Second Coming.  Paulien examines all the theories surrounding the millennium with the Second Coming and why Adventists with their history of Great Disappointment were even getting infected with “the millennium bug”.  Yet while Paulien was informative with all the reasons why the calendar change to 2000 was just artificial especially in light of what occurred leading up to the year 1000, when he turned to what Adventists should concentrate on when thinking about “the end times” a lot of his writing would suggest checking out his a previous book of his on that subject instead of giving complete answers in this particular book.

 

While this fact was a tad frustrating, Paulien went a long way in answer many question dealing and surrounding various ‘end time’ theories in which millenniums are involved whether dealing with the age of the Earth or when the millennium of Revelation occurs.  The Millennium Bug isn’t perfect and in parts a bit dated, it is still a good quick read of information.

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