Friday, February 27, 2009

Bad Twin by Gary Troup

Bad Twin
Gary Troup (Touchstone Television)
2006, Hyperion, New York

This is the manuscript written by one of the victims of Oceanic Flight 815 and read by Sawyer in the first season of the television show Lost. It tells the story of Paul Artisan, a private detective who investigates the disappearance of a rich man's twin brother.

This was great as a stand-alone story. And I enjoyed all the references to Lost. I'm not sure it helped explain anything, but it sure was fun to spot them all.

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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Merde: Excursions into Scientific, Cultural and Socio-Historical Coprology by Ralph A. Lewin

Merde: Excursions into Scientific, Cultural and Socio-Historical Coprology
Ralph. A Lewin
1999, 2000, Aurum, London

This book deals with many wide-ranging aspects of defecation.

I think I now know everything worth knowing about shit. This is an incredible little book - so much detail, so many topics covered. Parts are very conversational, other parts are scientific. Overall, it's just a fascinating book. Makes me want to become a coprologist!

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Thursday, February 19, 2009

World War: In the Balance by Harry Turtledove

World War: In the Balance
Harry Turtledove
1994, Hodder and Stoughton, London

It is the 1940s, during WWII, an invading fleet of reptilian aliens disrupt the sparring humans who then must unite against a common and technologically superior foe. But the reptiles are underprepared, as their scouting probe had sent back images of the Middle Ages, and when they arrived on Earth, they found humans had advanced more rapidly then they could have anticipated.

This book has an interesting premise and it's well executed but frankly it's far too long. I think if I knew more about WWII I would have enjoyed it more, but I'm a hard sci-fi fan and need a fair bit of action involving technology or sociological commentary to keep me interested. This was just a war tactics books with intelligent reptiles.

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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Wilderness Tips by Margaret Atwood

Wilderness Tips
Margaret Atwood
1991, 1992, Virago, London

A collection of short stories written by Canadian author Margaret Atwood. This collection tackles themes of relationships and human behaviour.

This is classic Atwood. Her characters are so fragile and beautiful, and I love the intellectualism of her writing. I felt this collection was a little too repetitive, it could have been more rounded.

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Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Abduction by John E. Mack

Abduction: Human encounters with aliens
John E. Mack
1994, Macmillan, New York

John Mack is a psychologist who has been investigating the alien abduction phenomenon. In this book, he interviews 13 people under hypnosis about their experiences of abduction.

I like how the people Mack chose for this book are from diverse backgrounds and have diverse encounters with aliens. It is interesting to read each person's reaction to and interpretation of events. As the author is a psychologist, the book did get a little dry at time. But overall, it has given me some new perspectives on the issue to ponder over.

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