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This book is a few years old, it was published 2011; nevertheless it covers two topics that were pretty dominant in the last year. One is islamic terrorism, unfortunatley the major topic for many people last year, and ransomware  — what at least was breathtaking for some of the IT crowd. So, the plot is about an IT entrepreneur, the  creator of a WoW -like MMORP game that turned...

J.K. Rawling's Potterism I only joined with some hesitation. But only to read the books with growing enthusiasm when started at last. The books where a fine journey from a pretty innocent children story to heavy fantasy fiction. The storyline was always exciting and surprising, the ends not disappointing. This new book is not a novel like the ones i read before but a play. It's split into...

Sublte irony on the topic of religion and esotericism is not an easy thing. Especially when vampires are the topic. 'You mean vampirism is like… pyramid selling?' said Agnes. (p. 221) That's one of the many gemstones to be found in this book as like in any other of the Discworld novel series I have read. For the non-native speaker these books are like a game with hidden doors —...

This book is kind of a jackpot for me: I like Terry Pratchett's Discworld, and I like Australia, oh sorry, I mean EcksEcksEcksEcks.¹ Reading this book, you feel the spirit of Down Under – even the Wizards are relaxed; and the guards, to Rincewind's astonishment and delight. This book is of course about loads of other topics as well, from time travel to environmental issues. This book is to...

This one was once again a recourse to old times. ‘Cakes and Ale’ was the first book in English language i bought voluntarily, at the age of about sixteen. My first attempt to read it failed already at the third page or so, I am not sure, why. So it went onto a book shelf and then moved from one flat to another. In this new year, at last, I found it again, and soon found it intriguing...

Loving tiny little details? Then this book is right for you. George Dyson has collected a really huge pile of data, most of if personal facts of people more or less involved into the construction of first digital computers in the US. So, there is an alamanac of interesting but to some extent pointless trivia. The details of people and subplots is astonishing: The menu for October 15,...

Nothing less than war is the main topic of the latest Discworld novel I have read. A most delicate issue, moral hazards are anywhere. This is another book of The Watch of Ankh-Mopork. The mob of the city demands war with Klatch (Discworld's Arabia), but three wise men (with mere help from others) fight war and win peace. Those three are The Warrior: Commander Sir Samuel Vimes, head of...

After having read some serious (nevertheless excellent) books, I return to the serious unseriousness of the Discworld. Happily so. “Hogfather” has it all what should make it one of my favourites in the series: Death (General and of Rats), Susan Sto-Helit, Wizards, Hex. Additionally a brilliant (literally) villain Assassin and a marvellous creation of Pratchett, the oh God of Hangovers. ...

The band biography of Pink Floyd.

The Discworld has returned. Much is said about it, but it does not become boring. And I think it will never get. Again Pratchett centers a story around great philosophical topics of mankind: Religious stories (Golems), Politics (the inner anarchist of the commander of the watch) or minorities (or how would you call Werewolfs, especially female ones?). The plot may be fantasy —...

This book has relationships to two books I have been reading earlier this year: It is the second one authored by Hemingway and the second classical American novel set at a World War stage. And in both cases I felt a lot of similarities. For "The Old Man and the Sea" it seems obvious, but also in Joseph Heller's "Catch 22" I felt a somewhat similar cold style of writing, a kind of...

These guys are crazy. I mean it. When I heard about this book I expected a cruel depiction of what happens in war. Fear, brutality, insanity, butchery. And fear, brutality, insanity, butchery it was. But very different than how I expected it. The book begins in a style that reminded me of M.A.S.H. (the movie and TV serials, I did not read the book). The absurdness of war is wrapped...

Good fellow Mister Wilde would for sure have been one interesting person to talk to. He really is a master of the play on words, independent of the story line and its depth. This short play was really fun reading, although the plot is not really twisted and somewhat foreseeable. The characters are portrayed in a distinct way, and the few pages are full of sentences usable of quotes of...

The series must go on, this is Discworld N° 18. For the loyal DW reader this book holds no surprise. Main characters are witches Nanny and Granny, always good for surprises, as we know them. They dive into the world of opera, foreign to them as it is to me, I have to admit. For me this was none of the outstanding stories from this author, this time the plot is even not too hard to...

I bought this book with mixed feelings. For me it is evident that financial help to developing countries are a mixed blessing, at least. 1 On the other hand I know how easy it is to shift polemics from one side to the other. Like ex-smokers who often fail to yield to reason. Perkins is solemn; that is a style that is intrinsic to many Americans, for the good as well as for the bad. It...

The vampire genre was never one I was much attracted to. I have seen no vampire movie (save Roman Polanski's great 'The Fearless Vampire Killers'), the popular TV series I love to hate and I have never read a vampire story (save their appearance in Larry Niven's 'Ringworld'). But it had to end, when I saw the paperback edition with a scene from the German movie 'Nosferatu' on the cover (yes...

When I browse my buying history at the Amazon cartel website and go to the very first order, I see it was January 1999. I was working in Germany then, and it was my first commercial transaction on the internet. Amazon was still young, fresh and traded only books. It was easier, as well as cheaper, to get English books there; so I thought, to hell with security, I give my credit card...

Well, it is done. I'm through with it. I have to admit is was somewhat of a struggle, but I do not regret anything. Like mentioned in a former post, the book really has its lengths. The book keeps its promise, it gives a historical digest of debt, and the concepts around. It covers philosophical, moral and financial aspects of the very idea of debt and how it evolved all over the world...

A week ago I started reading this book; I am interested in the topic, since it is one of the topics that are central to the current crises, especially of European states. In my opinion a psychological and even philosophical issue, and David Graeber's book should give me some insights to this. Well, today I conquered page one hundred; frankly spoken, I have to admit I am bored. not to...

Every other book I buy and read should be a classic; that's a rule of thumb I once started to apply on me, why exactly I really do not know: must be some kind of socialization. In advance I am not always happy with this self-regulation, but hardly did I regret afterwards to have read a classic, though.   Similar with this story. Looking for a light...

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