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Frankenstein: or `The Modern Prometheus': The 1818&hellip by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
Frankenstein is a good example of how classical literature is not necessarily good literature. Recognised as one of the earliest writings of science fiction the book follows the anguished tale of Dr Frankenstein and how his life unravels after creating his Monster. It does not resemble any of the cinematic interpretations of the story with the similar name and is rather a story of the emotional decay of the prominent doctor.

The book although effectively portrays Dr Frankenstein's depressive and anxiety stricken predicament in his pursuit of his creation and uses imagery of nature well to paint this bleak and gothic horror story I found the actual story poorly told. Key moments… Read more
The Ghost in the Machine (Arkana) by Arthur Koestler
Koestler begins with a critical look at the overbearing and blinkered nature of behavioural psychology which attempts to quantify what is ultimately a subjective and therefore qualitative orientated study. He argues mental activity from decision to communication is more than simply Stimulus Response which behavioural psychology of that period (1960s) largely focused on.

Koestler goes on to suggest the dichotomy of the individual whom is both an independent unique being and yet also part of a larger system (family, society, nation etc) drawing reference to the Janus complex.

Koestler describes the mind as having several shades of consciousness (rather than simply… Read more
Existentialism For Dummies by Christopher Panza
Existentialism For Dummies by Christopher Panza
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good read, 20 Sep 2013
Excellent introduction to existentialism and makes a concerted effort to tie it to our contemporary everyday existence.breaks it down into simple and digestible chapters.