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review 2017-05-20 17:04
Survivor's Club: The True Story of Very Young Prisoner of Auschwitz
Survivors Club: The True Story of a Very Young Prisoner of Auschwitz - Michael Bornstein,Debbie Bornstein Holinstat

He was born a Jew during the German invasion and Michael and his family lived in an open ghetto. Bribing a German officer, his father saved his family for many months with cash collected from their community. Eventually Michael’s family found themselves in Auschwitz, where they were the last prisoners to have their numbers etched in their arms. Michael, the youngest child in the camp is grouped with his mother (Mamishu) and grandmother (Babeshi) while his brother and father are placed in another group. Mamishu continues to care for Michael as best as she can, given the extreme conditions that they are in, hoping that one day the family will be reunited and that they will return to their home in Zarki. Meanwhile all around them, the horrors of Auschwitz descent upon them. Michael survived this ordeal as he was filmed in 1945 by the Soviets being “carried out of Auschwitz in his grandmother’s arms.”


  1. I appreciate the author’s ability to reconstruct his family’s history and share it with others. I enjoyed reading this novel and I enjoyed the second half of this novel especially. I liked how some matters came full circle for Michael, for these matters became an emotional tie. This novel is great for individuals who like nonfiction, history, WWII, memoirs, or survival.
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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-05-15 18:29
True North Wo auch immer du bist
True North - Wo auch immer du bist (Verm... True North - Wo auch immer du bist (Vermont-Reihe, Band 1) - Sarina Bowen,Nina Restemeier,Wiebke Pilz



12,90 €












Sie ist die Süße zu meiner Bitterkeit, die Balance, die meinem Leben immer fehlte, und die sinnlichste Versuchung, die ich jemals gekostet habe


Als Audrey Kidder der finstere Blick von Griffin Shipley trifft, weiß sie sofort, dass ihr Auftrag in Vermont schwieriger wird als gedacht. Doch sie hat keine Wahl: Wenn sie ihren Job behalten will, muss sie Griff davon überzeugen, seinen preisgekrönten Cider zum halben Preis zu verkaufen. Eine harte Nuss, denn der Bio-Farmer ist nicht nur ausgesprochen stur – und unheimlich attraktiv –, sondern seit ihrer heißen Affäre am College auch nicht besonders gut auf Audrey zu sprechen. Und dass sich Audrey in Griffs Nähe augenblicklich so zu Hause fühlt wie nirgends sonst auf der Welt, macht die Sache alles andere als einfach … 


Meine Meinung:

Ich bin durch das auffallende Cover auf das Buch aufmerksam geworden und hatte dann die Möglichkeit, bei einer Vorab-Leserunde des Verlags mitzumachen. 


Von Sarina Bowen hatte ich bisher nichts gelesen und war daher sehr gespannt auf den Auftakt dieser neuen Reihe. 


Der Einstieg in das Buch ist mir sehr gut gelungen, der Schreibstil ist sehr flüssig, man kommt schnell durch die Geschichte durch. 


Die Charaktere haben mir sehr gut gefallen, aber die Nebencharaktere waren auch sehr liebenswert wie z.B. die Mutter von Griffin. Griffin selbst habe ich mir in etwa so vorgestellt wie den verlassenen Farmer in Sweet Home Alabama. 


Es hat Spaß gemacht, die beiden zu begleiten, wie sie sich näher kommen und wie sie die Probleme, die sich ihnen in den Weg stellen, bewältigen. Ich hatte auch das Gefühl, selbst in der Gegend der Vermont zu sein. Es dreht sich ja auch viel um Cider, muss aber sagen, dass ich es persönlich gar nicht kenne. Das scheint ja eine Informationslücke zu sein. 


Nicht so gut gefallen haben mir die erotischen Szenen, das war mir zu viel des Guten. Hier wäre weniger mehr gewesen. 


Alles in allem war dies eine schöne Liebesgeschichte für mich, aber komplett packen konnte mich die Geschichte nicht. Ich bin auf jeden Fall auf den 2. Teil dieser Reihe sehr gespannt. Von mir bekommt das Buch 4 Sterne. 

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review 2017-05-09 18:40
Sculpting the future
How to Build an Android: The True Story of Philip K. Dick's Robotic Resurrection - David F. Dufty

Longtime readers of the blog will recall that I've had a certain fear fascination with robots and A.I or Artifical Intelligence. You can check out my posts about books like Our Final Invention which details the growth artifical intelligence into super intelligence or In Our Own Image which is a thought experiment about what the evolution of AI will look like in the future to get an idea of what I mean. Today's book is somewhere in the middle. How to Build an Android: The True Story of Philip K. Dick's Robotic Resurrection by David F. Dufty covers the creation of a robotic incarnation of the famous sci-fi author which (according to its creators) has the ability to learn as it communicates with humans i.e. it is self-aware. The novelty of this machine was that it was created in the image of a man who was known for his paranoia about 'thinking' machines and that it was an artistic as much as technological acheivement. This book chronicled the creation of the android from its inception including the sculpting of the head and body by Dr. David Hanson through to its programming by Andrew Olney. (Not to mention the many volunteers from the FedEx Institute of Technology in Memphis who logged many hours helping to make this dream a reality without any compensation.) The PKD android was a sensation among scientific circles as well as among laypeople because of his realistic facial features, expressions, and his seemingly intelligent responses to questions. However, I am not convinced that he would have passed the Turing Test which proves that he was a self-aware artificially intelligent machine. Moreover, I found this book was lacking in many areas. Each of the chapters seemed to end without any real resolution and the ending fell flat. Also, one of my pet peeves is a nonfiction book without any endnotes or at the very least a bibliography and this one committed that sin. Overall, I'd say that this book would appeal to someone who hasn't done any significant research into this field and wants to dip their toe into that world but for me it didn't make the grade. 5/10


If you want to see the PKD android in action then you can check out the Hanson Robotics website. Be forewarned, if the idea of a seemingly artificially intelligent machine with human-like characteristics freaks you out then you shouldn't go to that website. To see what I mean, take a look at the pictures below. *shudder*


Source: Ascend Surgical


Source: Philip K. Dick Android Project

Source: readingfortheheckofit.blogspot.com
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review 2017-05-07 20:20
Finding The Secret To True Happiness
Finding The Secret To True Happiness: [A Practical Guide To Finding Inner Peace And Harmony] - Alton E. Joseph Ph.D.
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review 2017-05-05 01:33
Only Andy Fastow could think up something like this
Conspiracy of Fools: A True Story - Kurt Eichenwald

I listened to the audio book and it is OUTSTANDING!  It's on the long side at 25 discs though very well written and engrossing.


I have read or listened to other books by Kurt Eichenwald and enjoyed them so when I saw he was the author of this one I borrowed it and I am happy that I did.


Of course anyone in America who has not lived under a rock since 1999 or 2000 knows about the collapse of Enron. This book takes you all the way back to its founding and how Ken Lay became the CEO.


Ken Lay was a horrible CEO in my opinion and did not understand the businesses that were created on his watch and under his nose and gave way too much power to his lieutenants.  This being said Andy Fastow is portrayed in the book as both stupid and evil while at the same time being smart enough to have earned an MBA from Kellogg School of Business he allegedly does not understand Accounting 101.


I'm really surprised he is now out of prison and on a speaking tour and has spoken at CU Boulder, I wonder what about?  I would not listen to a word he has to say.


Skilling, equally put too much faith in Fastow and was a poor COO and is portrayed as being aloof, while pushing for quarterly earnings, and emotional and likely bipolar.


This is a really good book that will help the reader understand all the wrong doing that went on and why the company collapsed.

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