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review 2018-11-19 06:00
The Lost World and Other Stories by Arthur Conan Doyle
The Lost World and Other Stories - Arthur Conan Doyle

An entertianing collection of all the Professor Challenger stories. The Lost World was the best story in the collection.

 

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"These lively, varied and thought-provoking science-fiction stories (from the era of Jules Verne and H. G. Wells) are linked by their imposing central character, the pugnaciously adventurous and outrageous Professor Challenger.

The Lost World (forebear of Jurassic Park) vividly depicts a perilous region in which the explorers confront creatures from the prehistoric era. The Poison Belt presents an eerie doomsday scenario, while 'The Disintegration Machine' satirically comments on scientific cynicism. In 'When the World Screamed', the planet responds violently to an experimental incursion. The strangest item is The Land of Mist, which seeks to reconcile science with spiritualism.
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review 2018-11-15 14:10
BETWIXT HEAVEN & HELL ON THE WESTERN FRONT (1918)
Over and Above - Captain John E. Gurdon, DFC

"OVER AND ABOVE" is a matter-of-fact and at times gripping novel based on the author's wartime experiences with a 2-seat fighter squadron of the Royal Flying Corps/Royal Air Force (RFC/RAF) on the Western Front during the spring and summer of 1918. Originally published in 1919, this is a novel that captures both the absurdity and tragedy of war on a uniquely personal level.

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review 2018-11-13 16:59
Pak: "The World or Ptavvs" by Larry Niven
World of Ptavvs - Larry Niven


(Original Review, 1980-08-25)


In response to the idea that perhaps the Pak were actually tnuctip, I think it very unlikely. The Pak date back about 2.5 Million years, while, according to “The World or Ptavvs”, the 'Sea statue' (Kzanol, last of the Thrint [slaver] race) dates back about 2 Billion years. Also according to World or Ptavvs, the tnuctip were wiped out in the war with the Thrints some 2*10^9 years ago.

 

 

If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.

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text 2018-11-13 11:00
Triumph of the Will?: How Two Men Hypnotised Hitler and Changed the World

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review 2018-11-12 19:52
The Return of the Water Spirit by Pepetela
The Return of the Water Spirit - Pepetela

This is a brief novella that takes aim at the hypocrisy and arrogance of Angola’s ruling classes. The political situation is symbolized by a couple: Carmina, a communist youth leader who later embraces exploitative capitalism when political winds shift; and her husband João, a well-meaning but ineffective man who retreats into computer games as the capital city of Luanda crumbles around him – quite literally, as buildings mysteriously collapse, leaving their occupants unharmed.

Knowing nothing about the country going in, I found this a fairly engaging read, and the story is well-translated, but it would likely work better for readers familiar with recent Angolan history. Magical realist and absurdist elements – like the dispossessed protesting by going nude in public – obscure the actual history, leaving the foreign reader wondering what really happened. And while it is difficult to separate the personal from the political in such a short and pointed story, there is this recurring notion that all is right in the home when the husband takes the reins and publicly chastises his wife; I wasn’t sure how much Pepetela finds Carmina’s ruling the roost objectionable simply because she’s a woman, and how much because this specific woman is morally bankrupt.

Nevertheless, this is an interesting book from which I did learn a bit about Angola, and at 100 pages it’s a very quick read.

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