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review 2015-06-19 00:16
The Tao of Hubie
The Pot Thief Who Studied Pythagoras - J. Michael Orenduff

There is no sub-genre within the mystery genre that could classify this book, and I mean that as a compliment. Pot thief and pottery shop owner Hubie Schuze is so unlike any other protagonist in a mystery series, I can’t compare this to other books and say “it’s like X.” It’s not.


So what is it like? Albuquerque.


Hubie would probably cringe at the phrase “Keep Albu quirky,” but it’s not a bad way to introduce him and his way of looking at the world and loving his city. Orenduff has a knack for describing people with a few clear images that pick out their defining peculiarities, positive or just plain odd, and this seems to be integral to Hubie’s point of view. He sees people as they are—and sees himself as he is, too, with humor and humility despite some strong opinions. His delightful digressions are as essential to the flavor of the book as seasonings are to a good meal. One of his rambles is on the benefits and pleasures of walking in the city compared to driving, and it fit with the way I felt while reading. I had such fun being in the moment with Hubie and his friends that I forgot to try to figure out whodunit.


Hubie figures it out, of course, and the end is surprising—I wouldn’t have seen that coming even if I had been trying to solve the crime. Don’t let my drifting with the Tao of Hubie make you think this book is unstructured. It isn’t. Multiple intriguing subplots—adventures sometimes humorous and sometimes just human—are interwoven with the mystery plot.


Hubie’s capacity for friendship and generosity is on equal footing with his inclination to break a few laws. It’s this combination of rogue and good guy that makes him so engaging. The acts of kindness and minor crimes Hubie commits while solving the big ones kept me looking at the scenery, walking, appreciating every step of the way.

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review 2015-02-12 13:04
Mal was anderes: Mathe ist toll
Euclid's Window : The Story of Geometry from Parallel Lines to Hyperspace by Mlodinow, Leonard Published by Free Press (2002) Paperback - Leonard Mlodinow

Ich kann nicht behaupten, alles in diesem Buch verstanden zu haben. Gerade die letzten 100 Seiten über Relativitäts- und Stringtheorie wurden zusehends unverständlich, teils auch, weil die Forschung auf letzterem Gebiet in vollem Gange ist und die Experten selbst noch nicht wissen, was Sache ist.

Aber allein die ersten 150 Seiten waren für mich ein ganz neuer Blick auf ein Feld, das mich nie interessiert hat. Mlodinow schreibt äußerst unterhaltsam und liefert viele Einblicke in kulturelle und gesellschaftliche Entwicklungen und wie sie mitverantwortlich für mathematische Entdeckungen oder einen Stillstand in der Forschung sind.

Das Buch ist aufgeteilt in Kapitel über Euklid, Descartes, Gauß, Einstien und Witten und erzählt so von den zunehmend komplexen Theorien über Raum und später auch Zeit.

Faszinierend und unterhaltsam. Würde ich auch jedem Schüler empfehlen. Die Lehrer erzählen nämlich nur den langweiligen Kram: Warum kann Schule nicht ein wenig mehr wie dieses Buch sein?


Die deutsche Übersetzung "Das Fenster zum Universum" ist übrigens sehr frei übersetzt. Da wurde umgestellt, gestrichen und hinzu erfunden. Und weniger pointiert ist es auch noch. Also empfehle ich jedem, der flüssig Englisch versteht, das Original.

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review 2014-01-21 00:34
Killing Pythagoras by Marcos Chicot
Killing Pythagoras - Marcos Chicot

I love history. I love reading about people and places of long ago times. So, historical thrillers are completely up my alley. It was with great restraint that I did not magically reach through my computer screen to grab this book when I first heard about it. It has all the makings of a great novel. The characters are interesting, the plot thickens abundantly, and the fact that it is based off real historical events is just the icing on the cake. But let's begin this review, properly shall we? What is this book about?


Well, for starters, the great and powerful Pythagoras is in it. You know who Pythagoras is, or at least, you should have heard his name in those math classes most of you probably fell asleep in during school. He's the guy that has to do with triangles...the Pythagorean Theorem.


Ah, I see the light bulbs now above your heads. Well, let me say that this book is not about math, so you can stop freaking out...okay, so it has a bit to do with math, but it mostly has to do with MURDER!


That's right. One of Pythagoras's most studious grand masters has been murdered. In fact, it is the one he was going to trust to take over for him when he can no longer enlighten others with his wisdom and knowledge. How, you ask? Mandrake root. That sad part is, the police cannot find the culprit. There is not enough significant evidence to lead them anywhere. But Pythagoras does not give up. He sends someone to find a man who is known for his deductive prowess. A man by the name of Akenon.


Akenon is not really keen to take on this case at first, but Pythagoras can be quite convincing. It also helps that Akenon has taken quite an interest in Pythagoras's daughter. A woman as witty and wise as she is beautiful, who believes her father might have been the true target of this murderer.


Who is this elusive killer, and what are his true intentions? Can Akenon find out who did it before more bodies fall? How does math fit into all this? Read the book and find out for yourself.....


I absolutely, positively was not disappointed. At all. Whatsoever. This book has all the qualities of a crazy good historical novel, and I can see why it was the number one bestseller on Amazon in Spanish for five consecutive months last year. I LOVE IT!!!

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review 2013-10-02 09:25

LOVE LIZ CARLYLE. - Fraternitas Aureae Crucis #1

Very funny, Very witty.

Love the plot, Love the setting, Love the writing style. LOVE LOVE LOVE "Raju" / Adrian :) Jip, you guessed it, I'm a sucker for the mysterious bad boys.

Truely enjoyed this book. My Fav quote in this book is from Milo the parakeet "Skwwwaak British Prisoner, Help Help Help Skwwwaaaak" haha! Also love Nish's character. She comes across as cheeky and playful and teasing. Love the Devil may care attitude Adrian has. Life would be so much easier if i could be like that too. He is one of my favourite boys :)

Cant wait for book 2!!


PS.  - Fraternitas Aureae Crucis (FAC)

The Ancient and Mystical Order Rosæ Crucis, also called the Rosicrucian Order (AMORC), is a worldwide philosophical and humanistic fraternal organization devoted to "the study of the elusive mysteries of life and the universe."[1] The organization is non-sectarian and it is open to both men and women of legal adult age (18 years old in most countries) regardless of their various religious persuasions. The current open cycle of AMORC was activated by Harvey Spencer Lewis in 1915.[2]Lewis received authority to do so from the Supreme Council of the Rosicrucian Order after being tried, tested and finally initiated into the Order in 1909, Toulouse, France. AMORC is said to be the modern day manifestation of the ancient Rose-Croix Order which has its origin in theAncient Egyptian mystery schools.

AMORC's teachings draw upon ideas of the major philosophers, particularly Pythagoras, Thales, Solon, Heraclitus, Democritus, traditional healing techniques, health, intuition and the psychic consciousness, material and spiritual alchemy, sacred architecture, mystical sounds, breathing techniques, meditation, natural, mystical, and artificial symbolism, the great religious movements, the psychic body, karma and reincarnation. (Thank you Wikipedia)

Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ancient_Mystical_Order_Rosae_Crucis
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review 2012-02-07 00:00
What's Your Angle, Pythagoras? A Math Adventure - Julie Ellis,Phyllis Hornung A fictional account of how Pythagoras developed his famous Pythagorean theorem. It's interesting because the story, text and pictures seem intended to target a very young audience, but the math presented will likely be well over their heads. Still, it's a fine book in many ways - attractive illustrations with clear explanations of how the theorem works.
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