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review 2018-04-18 15:40
Corvus / Harold Johnson
Corvus - Harold Johnson

Eighty years have passed since flash floods, droughts, and tornadoes ravaged the North American landscape and mass migrations to the north led to decade-long wars. In the thriving city of La Ronge, George Taylor and Lenore Hanson are lawyers who rarely interact with members of the lower classes from the impoverished suburb of Regis and the independently thriving Ashram outside the city. They live in a world of personalized Platforms, self-driving cars, and cutting edge Organic Recreational Vehicles (ORVs), where gamers need never leave their virtual realities.

When Lenore befriends political dissenter and fellow war veteran Richard Warner, and George accidentally crash-lands his ORV near the mountain-sheltered haven of a First Nations community, they become exposed to new ways of thinking. As the lives of these near-strangers become intertwined, each is forced to confront the past before their relationships and lives unravel.

 

The author of this book will be coming to the annual When Words Collide conference here in Calgary in August. I try to read at least one book by each of the guests of honour before the conference and since I am a birder, how could I resist a book called Corvus?

I really enjoyed the book—Mr. Johnson is a talented writer. I loved how many threads he managed to weave into this story, everything from Aboriginal issues to climate change to poverty issues. He also painted an intriguing and rather grim view of the future. I loved his Organic Recreational Vehicles, developed from birds—swans, ravens, hawks, etc. One of the main characters, George Taylor, purchases a Raven ORV and true to Raven’s mischievous nature in Aboriginal tradition, George is taken on some unexpected adventures.

Some of Johnson’s themes are really overt—there are a couple of places where I was dismayed with the bludgeoning of the reader with his opinions (even though I agree with them). That prevented this from being a higher rated read for me—your mileage may vary.

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quote 2018-04-12 19:48
The truth will set you free. But first it will piss you off.
Dirty Words of Wisdom - Lou Harry,Stall &. Harry

--Gloria Steinem

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quote 2018-04-11 19:48
In politics, you've got to learn that overnight chicken shit can turn into chicken salad.
Dirty Words of Wisdom - Lou Harry,Stall &. Harry

--President Lyndon B. Johnson

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text 2018-04-11 02:41
First Blog Post
What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions - Randall Munroe
xkcd: volume 0 - Randall Munroe
Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words - Randall Munroe

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     Many people out there have science questions that they want answered. In this book, there are over 100 Q and A's that all relate to the realm of science. The novel is called What If? by Randall Munroe. I have actually finished this book as of today. The recent novels I have read are all associated to the realm of science. I choose the book because it interested me immensely and also my dad had bought it. 

 

     I do enjoy science oriented books. This book is very detailed in it's explanations of science questions that people asked the author. Throughout the whole novel Randall does answer all of the questions, including some that people thought some very interesting things. Often, the author's style is to talk about the topic, and also vary from it using comedy. 

 

     One of my favorite passages is on the machine gun jet-packs. The author spends multiple pages pouring through data and scenarios where it would, and would not work. It is very entertaining to read about what would actually happen if you were to make a gun jet-pack. It turns out that the gun-pack would actually work and extremely well. Overall I feel like this is a very good book for those who enjoy science and/or theoretical physics.

 

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quote 2018-04-10 21:49
My dad always used to tell me that if they challenge you to an after-school fight, tell them you won't wait--you can kick their ass right now.
Dirty Words of Wisdom - Lou Harry,Stall &. Harry

--Cameron Diaz

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