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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-05-18

Defining reality when illusions become flesh

Reading this book for the second time made some things more clear and also more in depth, my expectations and time have placed me in a better place to appreciate this novel more. I would recommend not watching any of the film versions they are all deeply flawed.

This is a book that explores several concepts profoundly and intelligently. What is reality and how do you know or test your perceptions of it? What is human and what makes it human? Can a world be a life form a consciousness? Can intelligence manifest in incomprehensible ways? Is matter a definition of what we, are or do we become more when we acquire consciousness and memories?

It is one of those works that at first seems about individual struggles, but in reality, is touching in very profound questions of exploration an understanding of what we confront in an alien environment and alien intelligence.

A book that gets better with time.


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2 of 3 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-05-18

A very hard to sustain conceit or device.

Here is a story that is a kind of science fiction, come detective story, come horror tale but not any of them, in the end, it is just a writers device to spice up a story of redemption and forgiveness. It felt contrived and claustrophobic and repetitive (but that was the warning the title gave), I kept on thinking let's get to the point, and I and the character would be taken back to the same point of the story viewed from a different angle, which did not open any new understandings.

Too much like as nightmare and too long within a conundrum that has no logic except for the one given by the author. It may be fascinating to create this world as a writer, but as a reader, I found it frustrating and without much reward, because in the end, everything had to be explained by one of the characters for it to be understood and have a logic that explained what had happened repeatedly.

Too stylized to feel connected to the character and too repetitive to care for the final outcome. I do not mind putting a bit of hard work for literature, but entertainment should not be this difficult.

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-05-18

Finding secrets can kill your soul


A dark, brooding story with a dark, brooding character that looks for the truth no one wants to find, in a world where good and evil are hard to discern, no heroes but plenty of villains and victims.

A bleak modern detective story told in black and white, that is never boring and full of turns and twists to create a world where corruption is the norm.

Noir of the darkest kind.

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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-05-18

Generalities this big are racist in themselves

The title is the most significant pointer of its message it equates white peoples tears with crocodile tears, would that be permissible to do to any other people? How dehumanising of and an entire group of people.

A book that could have been better if it staid in a microcosm or a personal arena, but no, it intends deliberately and insidiously to paint all people of a race as racist by nature or condemned by the action of their ancestors to be racist. That in itself is the problem with racism, the tarnishing and blaming of an entire race on the bases of skin colour, and perceived shortcomings; and that in my eyes makes this book a racist book.

Seth and Carter the main characters of the story are two very different persons, that happen to be white but are both condemned equally by the writer because they are white. Here is the litmus test; if the two characters were black and under a similar set of circumstances this book would not be published, or all would vilify it.
When did it become permissible to be racist to one set of people? Or are people incapable of reading the subtext and consequences of this kind of hate? When will we learn?

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2 of 4 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-05-18

Not Bond but son Jonas son.



A very entertaining spy story without the usual formulaic, the setting is contemporary, and the paranoia is eternal. Jonas wants to save his father, but the government he works for will not negotiate with terrorist, the dilemma is simple for him, he will rescue him at any cost, you never quite know how far Jonas will go because Jonas is making it up as he goes along.
Smart and human, with the cunning use of knowledge and strategy against larger forces, a good read.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-04-18

Religion as metaphors, archetypes, and allegory

A dissertation that is trying to reestablish our understanding of our culture so we may save our souls. Not the ghost of us but the purpose in us, creating a connection with our very humanity by using the thousands of years of inner knowledge we have stored in stories, and the millions of years the very nature of our biology gives us as it shapes us.

“In the West, we have been withdrawing from our tradition-, religion- and even nation-centred cultures, partly to decrease the danger of group conflict. But we are increasingly falling prey to the desperation of meaninglessness, and that is no improvement at all.”
― Jordan B. Peterson, 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos

Culturally profound, politically irreverent, painfully truthful, a dare to confront life with eyes wide open and the chest bared to take all the arrows life will give, a celebration of our mortality by assigning meaning to our very short lives.

Beautifull and mining full even when you do not agree because it has the force of a man that loves life, his culture, the truth, and humanity.

This is a book that is even better when heard because Jordan Peterson himself gives the dissertation, the eloquence, and the passion only the author can provide, you hear how much emotion there is in his words, and sometimes you listen to a man moved to tears by this words.

“To stand up straight with your shoulders back is to accept the terrible responsibility of life, with eyes wide open. It means deciding to voluntarily transform the chaos of potential into the realities of habitable order. It means adopting the burden of self-conscious vulnerability, and accepting the end of the unconscious paradise of childhood, where finitude and mortality are only dimly comprehended. It means willingly undertaking the sacrifices necessary to generate a productive and meaningful reality (it means acting to please God, in the ancient language).”
― Jordan B. Peterson, 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-04-18

Oh! What A Tangled Web We Weave


A well-developed plot and characters that seem real and compelling, but a bit disturbing, as the theme is paedophilia and relationships like Lolita, where love and prohibited erotism are a poison that spreads from one generation to the next.
The writer and writing are not exploitative, but the subject is what it is and feels a bit icky; so be warned.
It also works as a murder mystery that is a bit more of a psychodrama.

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3 of 4 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-04-18

Trying to stay clean, when touched by garbage.


A book that shows a man that is puritanical and dedicated to his nation, a man that follows the rules even when it is not convenient or very challenging; a man that believes in honour and duty.

He wants us to know how he has lived his life and what his aspirations are, he wants us to understand that the president of the United States is a danger to his nation, a bully, that soils the country this man loves.

For me, the most memorable story in the book is the loss of his son and also the most telling in his humanity. I did not agree with him when he reopened the investigation on Hilary Clinton, but he had real reasons that and no good options, sadly he derailed an election and was one of the victims of his action; hopefully, this idiocrasy will end soon, and no greater harm is produced.

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7 of 9 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-04-18

From Russian communism to Russian fascism & chaos


Essential and a must read, the best nonfiction book of 2018

A nation that has never had actual freedom grows to create a culture that distrusts the very idea of democracy and individual rights; it has no place in its soul or in the very institutions that hold it together, and such a nation has been an empire it sees this very fact as a successful formula, a reason to conquer to dominate.

This book is the best book I have read about modern Russia aspirations and the philosophy that propels fuels its motivations. It will appear entirely alien to a western mind as it grows out a totalitarian logic and has been rumbling better minds than mine from the beginning of the century. We have never understood the power of a culture too reshape an ideology into its own soul and how that influence acts like a prism that separates and reconfigures the source. Marx had an idea, and it was implemented in Russia, and it mutated by Russia and its imperial past into a nightmarish totalitarian view that we in the west call Stalinism, but it was Russian communism; lamentably it was the only example of communism that spread through the world with the same nightmarish consequences. Now we have a Russian version of fascism inspired by the motherland and by Ivan Ilyin and put to practice by Putin, some of you will have spotted the similarities to the old Russian Soviet similarities and thought that you were looking for a continuation; the only continuation here is the Russian justification to grow in power and the nationalistic need to impose it.

The book deals first with the philosophy and the adoption of it into Putin's new Russia; we move into the history of it's in implementation and how it has been utilised in various military conflicts and how it has developed into an asymmetric form of warfare with the west and its institutions. The penetration of the American model and the destabilisation of Europe are discussed and explained in chronological order.

Russia does not need to win a conventional war if it can destabilise our nations from within by supporting the extremes and the growth of conspiracy theories that make impossible, ordinary logical discourse or understanding of reality, the examples and proof have all been provided in smaller conflicts and are described in greater detail, including cyber attacks to entire nations that have been very effective.


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9 of 11 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-04-18

The complexities of sex and friendship dissected


An excellent novella that covers more territory than most 500 page books, and makes you take sides like you do when a couple splits.

I loved the writing; the characters felt real, and the plot was well constructed without being obvious. I was surprised how involved I was, I laughed and felt sad for them; what more could you ask from a book.

A real find that left me thinking.

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3 of 4 people found this review helpful