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First fighters for Justice 2000BC Babylon Mysticism
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Babylon Mysticism


Amorites and North Africa's Advanced Civilizations


Amorites first fighters for Justice Freedom Equality 2000 BC


Following Humanity's fight for 

You must have heard of Babylon, the city that was pillaged numerous times and was officially "damned" by God, with its name written within our official copies of the Bible, the most published book of all times!


The lovers of LOVE will rejoice hearing that Babylon founder were indeed called Amorites.


by Nataša Pantović


The Queen of the Night relief The figure could be an aspect of the goddess Ishtar Babylonian goddess of sex and love

The Queen of the Night relief. The figure could be an aspect of the goddess Ishtar, Babylonian goddess of sex and love. Enciclopedia Brittanica


Tower of Babel

Babylon Mysticism

Source: artof4elements.com/entry/233/babylon-mysticism
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text 2016-06-29 20:32
Summer Reading - the Cool List
The Complete Elfquest Volume 1 - Wendy Pini,Rick Pini
Elementals: Stories of Fire and Ice - A.S. Byatt
The Icewind Dale Trilogy Collector's Edition - R.A. Salvatore
The Terror - Dan Simmons
Ada Blackjack: A True Story of Survival in the Arctic - Jennifer Niven
The Arctic Grail: The Quest for the Northwest Passage and the North Pole, 1818-1909 - Pierre Berton
The True Deceiver - Tove Jansson,Thomas Teal,Ali Smith
Winter's Tales - Karen Blixen,Isak Dinesen
Smilla's Sense of Snow - Peter Høeg,Tiina Nunnally
Folktales of the Amur: Stories from the Russian Far East - Dmitri Nagishkin,Gennady Pavlishin,Emily Lehrman

I know its summer, and we are all suppose to be talking about beach reading, but screw that.  If you are like me and live in a place that gets muggy and hot, nothing is better than reading a book where people freeze.  So here's a list.


1. Elfquest - I know that this seems to be a rather strange book and series, but part of it does take place in frozen north.  And you can feel the cold because unlike certain comic book illustrators, the Pinis have characters dressed for the cold.


2. Elementals by A. S. Byatt.  Both hot and cold in this one.  And what happens when they meet.


3. Icewind Dale Trilogy - what can be better than D&D in the far, frozen, North?  Ice dragons included.  As well as an elf that should be played by a man named Elba.


4. The Terror by Dan Simmons - slow paced but engrossing story of the Franklin voyage.


5. Ada Blackjack- the true story of a seamstress who survived alone in the arctic


6. The Arctic Grail - Breton's wonderful story of the search for the Northwest Passage.  Lots of people freeze to death here.


7. Snow Angels - an underloved mystery set in Finland.  This book deserves more attention than it gets.


8. The True Deceiver - In Jansson's short novel, it is unclear which is colder - the people or the environment.


9. Winter's Tales - Dinesan's short story collection is wonderful.


10. Smilia's Sense of Snow - a whole novel and mystery centering around snow.


11. A Cold Day for Murder - the first book in the Kate Shugak series.  Takes place in Alaska, and free for kindle.


12. The Dead of Winter - a interesting murder mystery with an unusual choice of teller.


13. Folktales of the Amur - you know that section of Russia that has those beautiful tigers?  These tales are from there.



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review 2015-08-05 23:21
Leopards, Tigers, and Bears (no lions)
Black Dragon River: A Journey Down the Amur River at the Borderlands of Empires - Dominic Ziegler

Disclaimer: ARC via Netgalley.


                One my favorite books when I was a child was Folktales of the Amur.  It was one those children’s books that could work as a coffee table book.  Nicely illustrated and written.  I loved that book.  I still love that book.  When I re-read it, it always holds its magic.  Hence the reason why I read Black Dragon River by Dominic Ziegler.

                The Amur is a river in the Russian east.  It forms the boundary or border between Russian and China.  It’s linked with Siberia.  It goes into Mongolia.  The name Amur is linked with tigers and leopards.  That tiger that Putin released last year, it swam across the Amur River into China, causing a bit of a diplomatic crisis. 




(The Putin Tiger being released.  Source International Fund for Animal Welfare.  The tiger is named Kuzya)




Personally, I prefer the tale of Zolushka (Cinderella) who lost part of her tail due to frostbite.






(Photo WCS)

Pretty, isn’t she?



Anyway.   Tigers and Leopards.  What’s not to love?  (Well, there that story in the brilliant, The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival by John Valliant; an understandably angry tiger, but still scary)


Ziegler’s book doesn’t really focus on the wildlife, which was a little disappointing.  It does, however, focus on the history and people of the Amur River area.  This means you get to hang out with Genesis Khan, learn about Mongolian history and life, and a bit about the Decembrists.

Ziegler’s use of history is important because even today one can see the influence of past events.  The book isn’t just a history; it is also part travelogue.  The opening concerns Ziegler’s travel to the river’s starting point, which he also to undertake by horseback in Monongalia.  He travels with game rangers and learns about poaching in the area.  More importantly, he relates how life has changed and not changed for the tribesmen in the modern world.


And that’s a primary theme of this book.  In many ways, while the Amur river functioned as  life giver and food provider, it also, as many rivers did, function as a highway that meant a end to a way of life as new groups move in.  Ziegler details the Russian journeys down the Amur River, an event that is very similar to the travels down the Amazon and Nile, but an event that gets less press.  He details the history of the Mongols, and why Russia in large measure was spared. 

While I did know a little about the Russian Decembrists prior to reading this, Ziegler presents more information, connecting the Amur to the group in two ways.  The first, and most interesting, in the story of two wives of the Decembrists who traveled to the far reaches of the river to join their husbands.  The second is in how the prison, in part, fulfilled what the group wanted.


Perhaps the greatest flaw in this book is that it is more history than travelogue.  While Ziegler paints a fascinating and active history, his painting of the present day isn’t as descriptive.  One knows the river’s history more than one knows the river. (Compare this to Turn Right at Machu Picu, where there are both types of description).  What does come across extremely well is Ziegler’s love for it.   If you enjoyed A Voyage Long and Strange by Tony Horwitz, Ziegler’s book is almost a Russian version - just with less humor and more drink.



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review 2014-02-24 00:00
Nighttime in Caeli-Amur: A Tor.Com Original
Nighttime in Caeli-Amur - Rjurik Davidson I'm in the middle of reading 'Unwrapped Sky,' Davidson's novel set in his fictional city of Caeli-Amur. I noticed that Tor Books is providing free access to this short story, as a 'teaser,' so thought I'd check it out (since I'm loving the novel.)
Here (even more than in the book), Caeli-Amur puts me in mind of Tanith Lee's Paradis - a complex, teeming metropolis full of beauty and evil, poverty and wealth, human foibles and inexplicable hauntings.
In this story, the city is merely the lush and atmospheric backdrop to a very human story. The narrator is a mid-level bureaucrat caught in a mid-life crisis, suffering discontent with his comfortable life and family, feeling the urge to throw away everything that he's achieved on his proper track, and regretting the loss of the carefree life he had as a theater student in his university days.
A finely-crafted character study. Davidson seems to excel at creating characters where the reader has to closely consider whether they are deserving of condemnation, empathy - or both.
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review 2008-10-25 00:00
Folktales of the Amur: Stories from the Russian Far East - Dmitri Nagishkin,Gennady Pavlishin,Emily Lehrman This collection has some wonderful tales, a good portion of which have strong heroines in them, so if you are looking for something better than "Cinderella" and "Snow White", this is it. Beautiful illustrations.
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