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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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review 2015-02-09 04:59
Jack of Done
Fables, Vol. 13: The Great Fables Crossover - Bill Willingham,Mark Buckingham,Andrew Pepoy,José Marzán Jr.

This is one where I threw it in. I had the next couple volumes on deck even, but alas, I am done with this series. And it's all because of Jack; fuck that guy. I am free of fucks to give, and I absolutely refuse to follow his side-comics to catch up, which I would have to do if I wanted to go on with this series. 


I'm not even mad, though, and I'll tell you why: volume 12 came to such a credible and touching crescendo that I feel like the series is a wrap anyway. I've had my ups and downs with this series, and that was a high high up. While I see them trying desperately to set up the next Big Bad, I kind of can't even deal with the denouement of the last. I am deeply not ok with mass murderers being treated like funny grumpy old dudes who don't get Kids These Days, and I want that motherfucker on trial, at the very least. That last awful funeral killed me so hard, and that in a war of losses which must be answered for. It might even be brilliant writing that makes it impossible for me to continue. Which, whoa. 


But anyway, Jack. He was ejected from Fables in series one. And good riddance to bad rubbish. I even read the first of his spin-off adventures, but he's such a tragically douchey dudebro that I couldn't go farther than that. Apparently he gets in with some Sandmanish Eternal-types. Which usually I'd be down for, but, weirdly, it turns out I care about the tenor of the protagonist. Which is to say that I don't mind if the protagonist is evil or damaged, but I do care a lot when characters I think are unworthy of my attention become imbued with narrative exceptionalism. 


See also: Books four to current in Song of Ice and Fire. Oh, snap. 

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url 2013-07-18 14:50
What's Up Wednesday & Ready. Set. Write! #4

In which I talk about the many books I've been reading, finishing up the first round of edits on my WIP, my inspiring students, and my fruitless (so far) job search.

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review 2012-11-16 00:00
This Is Not the End of the Book
This Is Not the End of the Book - Umberto Eco;Jean-Claude Carrière, Umberto Eco The only reason I am not rating it higher is because the two authors-- Carriere and Eco-- do have moments when they just ramble on and on. After a while, you might want to skim some parts. But that aside, the book is set up as a conversation between the two authors moderated by Jean-Philippe de Tonnac, and it is worth reading. The two have great insights on all sorts of topics related to books, and even on some topics that may barely touch on books. They talk about books, the Internet, libraries (personal and institutional), censors, antiquities, privacy, etc. They cover a lot of ground in this book. I would say it is not a book to rush through. Take your time with it. Brew yourself some coffee or tea, and read a bit here and there. Book lovers definitely owe it to themselves to read this book. Librarians will probably enjoy it as well. If nothing else, the two authors do prove convincingly that the book is not going away any time soon, no matter what any naysayer predicts.
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review 2012-08-15 00:00
This Is the End - Eric Pollarine Being pedantic here, but I just can't bring myself to keep reading past the 'Forward [sic]'
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