Review of Destiny Disrupted: A History of the World Through Islamic Eyes

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In Destiny Disrupted: A History of the World Through Islamic Eyes, Tamim Ansary describes a historical narrative of the world from Islamic eyes, from the time of Mohammed to the fall of the Ottoman Empire and its effects on the modern day Middle Eastern socio-political landscape. If you’re reading this review, there’s a good chance your narrative of history goes something like …

Rich Dad, Poor Dad

Rich Dad, Poor Dad: What a Difference Life Experience Makes

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Needing something to read while on a trip, and thinking a lot about monetary issues as of late, I decided to pick up a copy of Robert Kiyosaki’s Rich Dad, Poor Dad. It seems the Rich Dad company is releasing a new edition of the book in mass-market paperback format which, for a book like this, is the perfect size. Because …

A History of the World in 6 Glasses

Beer, Wine, Spirits, Coffee, Tea, and Coca Cola: A History of the World in 6 Glasses

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Egyptian slaves were paid in mead. The wine trade spread Greek (and later Roman) culture throughout the known world. Spirits drove the Age of Exploration, including the slave trade into the New World. Coffee fueled the Age of Reason and revolutionary thought. The tea trade shaped British policy at its height. Coca Cola is arguably the symbol in the age of globalization. …

Ayn Rand’s Anthem: A Quick Review

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Anthem by Ayn Rand My rating: 3 of 5 stars Synopsis: The book first starts out as a dystopian socialist type of society where everyone refers to themselves as “We” (no concept of individualism). This, along with the main protagonist’s journey, mirrors that of Winston’s in Orwell’s 1984. Eventually, the main protagonist runs away from this society and discovers individualism. While …

Recent Book Purchases

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Just put an order in with Amazon for a few books. Wanted to know if any readers have read any of these, and if so, what did you think? Story: Substance, Structure, Style and The Principles of Screenwriting by Robert Mckee The Iliad and The Odyssey Robert Fagles Translation The Aeneid Robert Fagles Translation All 7 Harry Potter books by …

Soon I Will Be Invincible

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I just picked up Soon I Will Be Invincible by first-time author Austin Grossman. If you’ve been to a bookstore lately, you may have seen a bright blue book with a pink, winged helmet on the cover. Looking at it, of course, just screams tacky. One look inside, however, and you’ll be hooked. At least I was.

The Age of Discovery: Two-Thirds of a Review

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Take a quasi-Chinese culture and a quasi-Mayan culture, mix in a few gods and frog people, give them all a couple of ships, have them all utter words which no human mouth were ever meant to pronounce, and finally throw them all in a post-apocalyptic magic-ridden wasteland (you know, just for kicks). Stir the ingredients in the mind of a …

Le Linkage #16: Around the Blogosphere

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While I’ve tried — in vain — I haven’t been able to get one of these out (to my own disdain). Again, the glut of ideas currently swishing around my brain is like water around a drain: round and round it goes, and not in vain if I take this opportunity to sha… daing. Alright, so that didn’t work out …