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review 2017-03-03 01:47
The Delusion of Inclusion
The Delusion of Inclusion - Brian W. Smith

Title: The Delusion of Inclusion
Author: Brian W. Smith
Publisher: B.W.S.
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: Five
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"The Delusion of Inclusion" by Brian W. Smith

My Viewpoint....

What a interesting story that only this author can give to his readers! I will say by the end of this story I was in tears in how this author presented this novel so well to the reader. This was definitely a excellent read that dealt so well with today's 'prejudices and racial profiling' as we can see that racism still exist in our African American and Caucasian world. The characters [from Wood, Ryan, C- When & Paige] to name a few were all over the top. They were very well developed, portrayed and even humorous as times giving the reader one intriguing, thought provoking as well as a very emotional read that will give you a lots to think about long after the read.

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review 2016-09-16 20:12
My Husband's Love Child
My Husband's Love Child - a novella - Brian W. Smith

Title: My Husband's Love Child
Author: Brian W. Smith
Publishing: Hollygrove Publishing
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: Five
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"My Husband's Love Child" by Brian W. Smith

My Thoughts...

I found this another good read from the author. The two main characters [Sonja and Eric] were off the chart but I must say that Sonya was the bomb. That ending truly left me saying wow. The author knows how to get and keep your attention with that little twist that you may not see coming. The title really fits this novella. Very well done to the author!

 

I choose this read for my Amazon Prime September, 2016.

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review 2016-08-23 19:18
Glass Houses
Glass Houses - Brian W. Smith

Title: Glass Houses
Author: Brian W. Smith
Publisher: B.W.S.
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: Five
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"Glass Houses" by Brian W. Smith

My Thoughts...

This was definitely not a read where you would want to put it down until the very end. This author has given the reader something to ponder on long after the read. I loved that title: "Glass Houses" because it can relate so well to what could happen in our daily twisted life when it involves family. Now, when this family is brought into this situation as in this story, things did go from bad to worse especially when all the facts are not shared and especially when people will not take and follow directions. I had wished there had been a epilogue because I had a few questions that were not answered but I guess we the reader can come to there own conclusion to what else happened in this story. The characters...from [Tammy, Chris, Cameron, Vince, Dianne,VJ, Malcolm, Amber, Monica to Goldie] to name a few I will say were off the chart well developed, portrayed and believable giving the reader a well written script.

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review 2016-08-16 04:17
LAGNIAPPE by Brian W. Smith
Lagniappe - a novella - Brian W. Smith
Four army buddies reunite in New Orleans.

After years of separation, a group of men gather for fun and catch up on old times. The guys have a great time but time has a way of changing some. All is not as it seems and no one will leave New Orleans the same as they arrived.

I was kind of worried when I reached the half way point and very little had transpired. I mean, as expected, the guys were having a great time but I was beginning to question my need to read further. However, things suddenly took an interesting turn and I found myself reading faster. Smith takes his sweet time building up the story. Once there, oh my! Really packs a punch to the gut. Worth the quick read.

FYI: The oyster's at Acme Oyster House AND Drago's really are that good. Always a must when in New Orleans.
 
 Charbroiled oysters at Drago's are better than good.

 

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review 2016-08-06 00:00
Lucretius: On the Nature of Things (Loeb Classical Library No. 181) (Bks. 1-6)
Lucretius: On the Nature of Things (Loeb Classical Library No. 181) (Bks. 1-6) - 'Titus Lucretius Carus', 'W.H.D. Rouse', 'M.F. Smith' If I were to try to prove that time machines were possible, this is the book I would submit as exhibit one for my evidence. There is really no other explanation for this book than the fact that Richard Feynman had built a time machine and had the opportunity to talk with Lucretius for one hour (but no more) and explain to him what he (Feynman) has said is the most important statement he could say in the fewest words, "that all things are made of atoms—little particles that move around in perpetual motion, attracting each other when they are a little distance apart, but repelling upon being squeezed into one another".

Lucretius gets the concept. I once learned a long time ago that to understand the universe one must understand entropy, and nobody really understands entropy. There are many ways we explain entropy the most succinct is "heat always goes to cold", or another is "order goes to disorder", and Lucretius clearly gets those two explanations better than most modern people. Technically the real definition of entropy involves Boltzmann's constant, a temperature and a rearrangement of possible states, but that doesn't really let one understand what entropy is but just defines it.

Lucretius uses the language of his time period, with abstract thinking, and the belief that everything is made up of atoms in motion but repelling upon being squeezed into one another and is able to get at the essence of reality better than most modern people do.

It's clear why this book was suppressed by the superstitious and myth believers of various religious tribes. The arguments made for using reason instead of pretending to know things you don't know (i.e. faith) in understanding are devastating and even when they might be wrong they are better than citing authority based on nothing but faith.

Lucretius hits it out of the ball park on many things. His explanation and effects about outer space, pre-explaining Newton's optics, physics and gravity in terms that are remarkably spot on, and his discussion of the nature of the human senses as all being separate attributes of nature as perceived by humans and can be explained by 'everything is made of atoms'. (I've just read Spinoza's Ethics and Lucretius' discussion on the five senses gave me insight into Spinoza's "one substance" and its infinite attributes of that substance but only two are known by us, extension (body) and thinking (mind), but each are separate but reside with in the one substance (God or Nature depending on how you read Spinoza).

It's clear why Thomas Jefferson had multiple copies of this book in his library, because in 1800 what was said in this book was vastly superior to what was being preached by others. I would say that no myth believer could appreciate this book and its incredibly brilliant spin on the essence of reality.

A point or two: Democritus has the atom part correct hundreds of years before Lucretius, but he doesn't know how to take it further. Epicurus has a philosophy built around pursuit of pleasure (of the contemplative type) and avoidance of pain (of any kind), but leaves the essence of reality alone. Lucretius doesn't dwell too much on ethics except a couple of statements to the effect that learning about the world and its true nature is our highest calling. What he does do is writes a book that destroys the Gods, demonstrates (he says proves) that the after life is a fairy tale best left for children and sets about explaining the world better than any other single writer until Newton comes along. That is no mean feat. (Yes, Copernicus takes the earth out of the center of the Universe, and Lucretius is wrong regarding the firmament, but Lucretius touches about everything with in nature and gives a marvelous way to think about them. It takes Newton (or perhaps Galileo) to get it as well.
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