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Think: A Compelling Introduction to Philosophy by Simon Blackburn
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2.0 out of 5 stars Put me off philosophy, 24 May 2012
I found this a heavier read than I'd anticipated. The first couple of chapters were quite engaging but I soon became bogged down; I'm not sure why. Perhaps I don't find philosophy nearly as interesting as I'd hoped, or perhaps the ideas came too thick and fast. The quotes from the philosophers themselves were dry and verbose, and I am not in any way tempted to read the authors for myself.

I did find the author a bit aggravating as he does present his own viewpoint a lot of the time and I was expecting, given the title, that I would be presented with an unbiased set of philosophical ideas and encouraged to think for myself. That was quite disappointing. He also seems to dwell on… Read more
The Little Friend by Donna Tartt
The Little Friend by Donna Tartt
I have to admit I found this quite slow going to begin with, enjoyable but lacking pace. I was tempted to give up, however, since the book was a gift and something someone thought I'd enjoy I perservered, and boy was I glad I did. It's as though somewhere in the middle of the book is a hidden stick of dynamite and the story just bursts into life, gathering momentum right up to its climactic conclusion. The second half of this novel is a complete success, managing to marry literary brilliance with utterly compelling story, two components not often found together. I was on the edge of my seat to the end.

The story centres around Harriet, a 12 year old girl who is part of a family… Read more
About Time: Einstein's Unfinished Revolution (Peng&hellip by Paul Davies
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good, 18 Jan 2012
I found this to be this an incredibly engaging and gripping read, and often didn't want to put it down, in spite of the heavy (you would think) subject matter and the fact that this was my bedtime read.

Paul Davies discusses the weird 'thing' that is time, delving into various aspects of it - by his own admission simply discussing the ideas that interest him the most rather than providing a comprehensive study. He covers a range of subjects, including relativity, quantum theory, and - one of the most interesting topics in the book IMO - consciousness and experiential time.

As always Davies delivers an informative yet entertaining read, even if he does relentlessly plug… Read more