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Brave New World
Brave New World
by Aldous Huxley
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Nice ideas average execution, 22 Oct. 2009
This review is from: Brave New World (Paperback)
Brave New World contains some excellent ideas and warnings on the direction that 'progress' will take us. Ideas based around consumption, genetic engineering and subliminal influencing are genuinely still relevant today.

We have not however become a world which has let go of individuality in favor of a more communal way of life (much in the same way as Fahrenheit 451 anticipated), in fact in many ways the opposite is true. The issue of drugs is not really worth mentioning, it is no more apparent or socially acceptable now than when the book was written.

These are not problems with the book, after all it is not a prediction of the future but a warning. In the same vein as 1984 was a warning, which is why the debate over which book best describes the world today is both nonsensical and pointless.

The problem I have with Brave New World is that I really do not find the narrative at all gripping, rather a predictable vehicle used to show a clash of cultures. Also in comparison to 1984 the world is no where near as well thought out. Simple things like 'the feelies' and 'elevator tennis' just seem a bit simplistic, illogical and as a result unbelievable. Everything in 1984 is there for a reason and fits well with the world in which it exists. Brave New World on the other hand is a collection of ideas that are not particularly well thought out.

Still an interesting read, more of a 3.5 than a 4 but a good book. I just doesn't compare favorably to 1984 which is by no means an insult.

The British Constitution
The British Constitution
by Anthony King
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £39.85

5 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant book., 16 Feb. 2009
What a great man Tony King is. He always seems to bring a new angle and ideas to stale or seemingly uninteresting topics.

Probably the best lecturer, writer, correspondent and all round academic to write about British politics.

This book outlines King's accumulated understanding of the topic and sets out the possibilities for the future of political life.

I find it ironic that a Canadian probably has a best understanding of the British political system, then again he probably understands the American system better than any American as well.

However if you do not have the slightest interest in politics then this book might not be for you.

Linksys WAG354G Wireless-G ADSL 2+ Modem Router Gateway, 4-Port Switch & Access Point
Linksys WAG354G Wireless-G ADSL 2+ Modem Router Gateway, 4-Port Switch & Access Point

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Ok but it broke, 20 May 2007
This router is ok, it was a pain to set up but that was more tiscali not giving me any info. It broke after turning power off after 2 weeks. Amazon replaced and paid postage. This one seems fine. It's cheaply made, looks very crude. My housemates all had to buy Linksys adapters to get any connection depite all 3 of their laptops working on home wireless networks.

Wouldn't recomend at all.

Cyborg Evo Force
Cyborg Evo Force

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Happy with it, 23 Jan. 2006
I'v had no probs with the stick. The calibration software you get with it is handy and the force feedback is responsive. Heard of triggers breaking but iv not suffered from this problem. This is also only my fourth stick so my experiance is limited.

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