Okay, so let’s disregard the awful title of this book and instead pretend the title reflects the content. In that case the title would be incisive, something about religion, humanity, and empathy. It would not be an awful pun. I hate puns and there will be no puns in this review. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? is set in a future after a devastating world war. Most of Earth’s population has emigrated to a colony on Mars, yet some people remain behind for reasons I’m not quite sure of. These people follow a religion called Mercerism, a religion that […]
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Ahern wrote this book when she was 21. The premise is clever, a bitter-sweet gimmick where Holly’s husband dies, but he leaves her a series of letters to help her cope in the first year without him. Each letter has a surprise or a challenge and always ends with “P.S. I love you.” “Their plan had been very simple: to stay together for the rest of their lives. ” The book however does not quite work. Writing about the grief and pain of losing someone you love is a hard task and Ahern does not measure up to it. Not […]
Thinking about it only makes it worse is a collection of posts that Mitchell has written for the guardian over the years. Dealing with everything from contemporary politics to weird hangups on grammar David Mitchell does what David Mitchell does best: is slightly grumpy about things. “Brainchild” is an odd word. You hear it a lot in explanatory voiceovers and I suppose I was trying to join in, but I don’t really like it. I’m not keen on the idea that my brain could have a child. Would it be made of brain – a child, made of grey brain, […]
Walk is a book that attempts to expand the simple act of walking. Written in short vignettes Radford describes everything from breathing, to tempo, to using the senses in a different way while walking. All of this is meant to transform walking from a simple mode of transportation, but rather take advantage of the slowness in walking as a sort of meditative state. Included in the book are loads of exercises that are pretty easy to do, it doesn’t require many tools and while it does heavily focus on nature, Radford also includes examples from mindful walking in the city. […]
Guards! Guards! Is about the people in fantasy novels we don’t see much, you know, the ones that storm in during a climatic scene for our hero storming the castle. Only these people are faceless, slain without mercy and never heard from again…Till now. Guards! Guards! Deals with the night watch of Ankh-Morpok, which has dwindled down to just three. The city runs fine without them, divided into their own guilds, such as the theives guild or the assassin’s guild. The night watch just sort of… exists. One day Carrot, a dwarf that looks a suspicious amount like a human […]
Johnston is a Jungian psychologist who has written a book about being human, yet feeling a duality. Owning your own shadow jumps off from Jungian philosophy. It operates from the notion that as part of our assimilation into society we are forced to leave large parts of ourselves behind, in the shadow. It is not really a self-help book and not quite a philosophical treatise, it is more a loosely formed essay detailing the process of forming the shadow, the need for expression of the shadow to remain healthy. “If you can touch your shadow—within form—and do something out of […]
American on Purpose opens with a chapter on the white house correspondents dinner which I read just after reading this article. It made it feel a bit sour in my mouth. I bought this book, because, despite my rather lukewarm rating for Between the Bridge and the River, I did think it showed potential and people here were raging about how this biography was really good. I persevered through it, somewhat, but it was honestly a slog. It is mainly written for Americans, and there is nothing wrong with that! I always think it’s cool when Denmark gets positive media […]