Muller’s book is divided into four sections framed by the following four questions:
1. Who am I? what is my identity.
2. What do I love?
3. How Shall I live, knowing that I shall die?
4. What gifts shall I leave behind to the Earth?
Muller then took these meaningmaking questions and explored the questions. I particularly liked question number three. Though, I didn’t agree with all of his statements/thoughts, for example, he said that EVERY single moment is a gift, I found these food for thought. I highly recommend this title!
I had so much fun reading Agent Gates, a parody of Downton Abbey, I decided I needed to read Downton Tabby. This was a fun quick read, with humor not just satirizing the TV series, but also grabbing puns from a variety of sources.
Fabulous book! The first half recounts the changes in human physiology, from the time we first diverged from apes (chimpanzees specifically) to modern times. Dr Lieberman discusses the physical adaptations and what they mean for the way our bodies function. Then he takes this history of the human body and shows us evolutionary mismatches between our physiology and our modern lifestyle, first starting with the foods we eat, and then discussing our bodies needs to be physically active, that we were born to run/walk long distances, and that our bodies suffer if we fail to be active. For example he notes that people that run barefoot, rarely suffer foot injuries, in contrast to runners that wear shoes (barefooters also hit with the ball of the foot first, unlike shod runners who strike with their heel). Type II Diabetes, Heart disease, and cancer are discussed in detail. I found it especially interesting how our bodies process different types of foods, how damaging starches and carbs are, compared to protein, fat, fiber, and how the composition of what you eat, affects whether it is sent for fat storage, whether it triggers insulin shock or absorbed slowly and more healthily.
5 stories around the motif of fire beings. I preferred Robin’s tales over her husband Peter’s (big surprise, since I’d never heard of him before). The best tale was called Hellhound, about a demon who changed sides. Peter’s tales had some very excellent sections, and then other parts seemed liked they needed fleshing out (also, could have done without the sexism – no it was a made-up time, so did Not need to be part of the context).
A fairy tale-like story. The rulers of Montagne have been rumored to possess and use magic. But this has been only a rumor. Grandmonther (queen mother) Benificence, her two daughters Wisdom and Temperance, along with an orphan named Fortitude and a miller’s son Tips all end up at Wisdom’s wedding to the neighboring and coveting kingdom. Its a pretty fast paced, fun tale, written mostly in letter, epistolary format.
Ah – my Downton Abbey addiction can be revived! This month’s challenge is Graphic Novels, and I was lucky that my coworker recommended this title to me. It is a parody, poking fun at a variety of aspects of the show, particularly, the aristocracy’s treatment of their servants. The illustrator does an excellent job of drawing characters with distinctly recognizable physical characteristics of the TV characters. Even the names are clever. Bates is Gates, Thomas Barrow is Thompson Sparrow, Anna is Joanna, Daisy is Poppy. Funny stuff!
In post-apocalyptic Los Angeles, two highly intelligent teenagers are working for opposing sides. Rebel, Day was to have been killed when he supposedly failed his trials, but lives on the streets with, helping his family survive, as well as thumbing his nose at the Republic, by wreaking havoc. He is the Republic’s Most Wanted Criminal, Not because his crimes are heinous, but because they make the Republic look bad.
On the other side is child prodigy June, assigned the task of hunting down Day, because he supposedly killed June’s brother Metias.
This is a fast-paced action book, with a romance that is at turns cute and then annoying.
I disliked the number of torture/terrorizing scenes and thus will NOT read the 2 sequels..
What a delightful and fun read. Teenager Wade is living in the US about 2014’s, in a post energy world. He lives in the stacks – stacks of trailers/mobile homes linked together with steel poles, and whatever jetsam is lying around, his trailer is on the 32nd level, and actually receives a little sunlight. His aunt steals his food vouchers. He has found a safeplace at the bottom of a mound of abandoned vehicles (no gas left), which he crawls into every day hooks into the Oasis (FB on steroids) with a visor and haptic glove and goes to school. This is the environment. The multibillionaire, James Haliday who invented the Oasis and numerous other internet games died 5 years ago and set up a series of challenges, the winner will inherit the billions. Wade is one of several hunters searching for the 1st key. Haliday loved the 80’s so the hunters as well as the readers get to share in 80’s culture. Personally, I don’t think I’m very in touch with pop culture, but was amazed at all the culture references I caught – Blade Runner, LadyHawke, War Games, John Hughes movies, Excalibur, Gary Gygax, D & D, etc.
I REALLY enjoyed this book! and have recommended it to all sorts of people.
A cute piece of froth wherein the father goes out to purchase some milk for his children’s cereal, and when he arrives later than expected he spins a tale of time-traveling dinosaurs flying in balloons visiting talking volcanoes, purple ponies, vampires, and pirates. Not Neil Gaiman’s usual fare.