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Mother of Storms
Mother of Storms
by John Barnes
Edition: Paperback

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An entertaining SF book with some novel ideas, 4 Nov. 2007
This review is from: Mother of Storms (Paperback)
A friend suggested this book to read for a bit of relaxation and I wasn't disappointed. Though it starts a bit slow in order to introduce all the myriad characters, it builds up steam and does quite well to keep the attention there. Some of the scenario is not unlike the movie "The day after tomorrow", as the key element is a global superstorm, which effects the whole world, sparing no place.

John Barnes must have gone to a great deal of research as the scenario with massive amount of methane being released from the ocean floor is not so far fetched, as research in the last few years have shown the potentially devastating effect on the climate that this can have. I also liked his take on mass entertainment of the future, where people can plug in to a 3D type reality show, where the audience can experience all the emotions and sensations that the actors go through. Some novel ideas in there and some pretty creepy situations too.


Mother Of Storms
Mother Of Storms
by John Barnes
Edition: Paperback

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An entertaining SF book with some novel ideas, 4 Nov. 2007
This review is from: Mother Of Storms (Paperback)
A friend suggested this book to read for a bit of relaxation and I wasn't disappointed. Though it starts a bit slow in order to introduce all the myriad characters, it builds up steam and does quite well to keep the attention there. Some of the scenario is not unlike the movie "The day after tomorrow", as the key element is a global superstorm, which effects the whole world, sparing no place.

John Barnes must have gone to a great deal of research as the scenario with massive amount of methane being released from the ocean floor is not so far fetched, as research in the last few years have shown the potentially devastating effect on the climate that this can have. I also liked his take on mass entertainment of the future, where people can plug in to a 3D type reality show, where the audience can experience all the emotions and sensations that the actors go through. Some novel ideas in there and some pretty creepy situations too.


Mother of Storms
Mother of Storms
by John Barnes
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An entertaining SF book with some novel ideas, 4 Nov. 2007
A friend suggested this book to read for a bit of relaxation and I wasn't disappointed. Though it starts a bit slow in order to introduce all the myriad characters, it builds up steam and does quite well to keep the attention there. Some of the scenario is not unlike the movie "The day after tomorrow", as the key element is a global superstorm, which effects the whole world, sparing no place.

John Barnes must have gone to a great deal of research as the scenario with massive amount of methane being released from the ocean floor is not so far fetched, as research in the last few years have shown the potentially devastating effect on the climate that this can have. I also liked his take on mass entertainment of the future, where people can plug in to a 3D type reality show, where the audience can experience all the emotions and sensations that the actors go through. Some novel ideas in there and some pretty creepy situations too.


Mother Of Storms
Mother Of Storms
by John Barnes
Edition: Paperback

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An entertaining SF book with some novel ideas, 4 Nov. 2007
This review is from: Mother Of Storms (Paperback)
A friend suggested this book to read for a bit of relaxation and I wasn't disappointed. Though it starts a bit slow in order to introduce all the myriad characters, it builds up steam and does quite well to keep the attention there. Some of the scenario is not unlike the movie "The day after tomorrow", as the key element is a global superstorm, which effects the whole world, sparing no place.

John Barnes must have gone to a great deal of research as the scenario with massive amount of methane being released from the ocean floor is not so far fetched, as research in the last few years have shown the potentially devastating effect on the climate that this can have. I also liked his take on mass entertainment of the future, where people can plug in to a 3D type reality show, where the audience can experience all the emotions and sensations that the actors go through. Some novel ideas in there and some pretty creepy situations too.


V For Vendetta (2 Disc Special Edition) [2006] [DVD]
V For Vendetta (2 Disc Special Edition) [2006] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Natalie Portman

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A film with a powerful message for our times!, 2 Nov. 2007
This is just a Must See movie, as it has a powerful message apt for the times in which we are living. Though V himself is taking personal revenge in the way of killing the leaders in control, his appeal to people is not one of violence. He appeals to people to wake up from their slumber and stand up against the endless lies and brutality of the regime. That this is the message is clearly seen in his speeches as well as the way in which the people respond to it.

The scene at the end of the film where thousands of people, young and old march unarmed, hand in hand against the oppressors and the troops, is an extremely powerful message and reminiscent of the power of Gandhi's message of non-violence and civil disobedience.

As this non-violent uprising culminates in the film on the 5th of November, it is a timely reminder to go out and buy this video and let the message sink in.

As a follow up reading "1984" by George Orwell, is eerily close in describing the fascist society that is shown in the film and sadly also close to the way things are going. The book "Political Ponerology" is another recommendable book that details the process by which a society gets to become a totalitarian state.


V for Vendetta [DVD] [2006]
V for Vendetta [DVD] [2006]
Dvd ~ Natalie Portman
Offered by DVDBayFBA
Price: £3.15

7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A film with a powerful message for our times!, 2 Nov. 2007
This review is from: V for Vendetta [DVD] [2006] (DVD)
This is just a Must See movie, as it has a powerful message apt for the times in which we are living. Though V himself is taking personal revenge in the way of killing the leaders in control, his appeal to people is not one of violence. He appeals to people to wake up from their slumber and stand up against the endless lies and brutality of the regime. That this is the message is clearly seen in his speeches as well as the way in which the people respond to it.

The scene at the end of the film where thousands of people, young and old march unarmed, hand in hand against the oppressors and the troops, is an extremely powerful message and reminiscent of the power of Gandhi's message of non-violence and civil disobedience.

As this non-violent uprising culminates in the film on the 5th of November, it is a timely reminder to go out and buy this video and let the message sink in.

As a follow up reading "1984" by George Orwell, is eerily close in describing the fascist society that is shown in the film and sadly also close to the way things are going. The book "Political Ponerology" is another recommendable book that details the process by which a society gets to become a totalitarian state.


The Gods of Eden
The Gods of Eden
by William Bramley
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: £6.05

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Though provoking, 2 Nov. 2007
I wouldn't say that it was an easy book to read, as some of the things seems to not be backed up by much evidence. Having said that, I liked the sections regarding the set up of the monetary system and how Bramley demonstrated the instigation of wars by the bankers as they very heavily profited from them as they rented out their mercenaries to both sides of the conflict to do the killings. This has scary parallels to todays reality of a never-ending bogus war on terror and how the private war industry profits handsomely from causing mayhem and destruction, while the ordinary people in the form of taxes pay for it. The many questions that arose from reading the book, brought me to look elsewhere and enquire more deeply about aspects that I was ignorant of before.

A recent book by Richard Dolan does a great job in covering the phenomena of UFO's in a very serious way by systematically looking into records released through the Freedom of Information act and discovering that the top military brass is taking this thing VERY seriously, despite all the denying and ridicule.


1984 Nineteen Eighty-Four
1984 Nineteen Eighty-Four
by George Orwell
Edition: Paperback

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A deep insight into the rule of a fascist state, 2 Nov. 2007
A powerful book, that eerily depicts the direction the world is going where truth is shunted and lies are promoted by all the mainstream media. The three slogans of the Party as described in book is very familiar with what we hear from our leaders in these times:

War is Peace
Freedom is Slavery
Ignorance is Strength

Orwell paints a picture of how this fascist totalitarian state is controlled by control surveillance, the new language of Newspeak and the three main ministries that are:

"Ministry of Peace", which concerns itself with war
"The Ministry of Truth", which takes care of news, entertainment, education etc. in short translated as the place of propaganda
"The Mihistry of Love", which is concerned with law and order and according to Orwell the most frighening one.

It is truly a must read book as the rise of fascism is happening. Can also highly recommend seeing the movie called "V for Vendetta", as it is also set in a fascist environment, that closely resembles the one George Orwell depicts in this book.

Can recommend the book "Political Ponerology" to understand how a society becomes a fascist state.


Nineteen Eighty-Four
Nineteen Eighty-Four
by George Orwell
Edition: Paperback

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A deep insight into the rule of a fascist state, 2 Nov. 2007
This review is from: Nineteen Eighty-Four (Paperback)
A powerful book, that eerily depicts the direction the world is going where truth is shunted and lies are promoted by all the mainstream media. The three slogans of the Party as described in book is very familiar with what we hear from our leaders in these times:

War is Peace
Freedom is Slavery
Ignorance is Strength

Orwell paints a picture of how this fascist totalitarian state is controlled by control surveillance, the new language of Newspeak and the three main ministries that are:

"Ministry of Peace", which concerns itself with war
"The Ministry of Truth", which takes care of news, entertainment, education etc. in short translated as the place of propaganda
"The Mihistry of Love", which is concerned with law and order and according to Orwell the most frighening one.

It is truly a must read book as the rise of fascism is happening. Can also highly recommend seeing the movie called "V for Vendetta", as it is also set in a fascist environment, that closely resembles the one George Orwell depicts in this book.

Can recommend the book "Political Ponerology" to understand how a society becomes a fascist state.


1984 Nineteen Eighty-Four (Penguin Modern Classics)
1984 Nineteen Eighty-Four (Penguin Modern Classics)
by George Orwell
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.29

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A deep insight into the rule of a fascist state, 1 Nov. 2007
A powerful book, that eerily depicts the direction the world is going where truth is shunted and lies are promoted by all the mainstream media. The three slogans of the Party as described in book is very familiar with what we hear from our leaders in these times:

War is Peace
Freedom is Slavery
Ignorance is Strength

Orwell paints a picture of how this fascist totalitarian state is controlled by control surveillance, the new language of Newspeak and the three main ministries that are:

"Ministry of Peace", which concerns itself with war
"The Ministry of Truth", which takes care of news, entertainment, education etc. in short translated as the place of propaganda
"The Mihistry of Love", which is concerned with law and order and according to Orwell the most frighening one.

It is truly a must read book as the rise of fascism is happening. Can also highly recommend seeing the movie called "V for Vendetta", as it is also set in a fascist environment, that closely resembles the one George Orwell depicts in this book.


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