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LEADSOLOGY®: THE SCIENCE OF BEING IN DEMAND
LEADSOLOGY®: THE SCIENCE OF BEING IN DEMAND
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5.0 out of 5 stars THIS BOOK SHOULD BE IN DEMAND TOO!, 4 Aug. 2016
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A terrific book. With trademark clarity and honesty, Tom Poland shows how trainers, consultants, and other advisers can generate a reliable flow of high quality leads. It's a really excellent method, and presented with verve and wit.


The Ends of the Earth: (The Wide World - James Maxted 3)
The Ends of the Earth: (The Wide World - James Maxted 3)
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5.0 out of 5 stars GOOD OLD-FASHIONED HISTORICAL THRILLER, 29 Nov. 2015
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The plot is a bit implausible but it done so well you hardly notice. A good serial thriller.


The Revolving Door of Life (The 44 Scotland Street Series Book 10)
The Revolving Door of Life (The 44 Scotland Street Series Book 10)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A WARM BATH WITH RED WINE, 29 Nov. 2015
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It's up to his usual high standard. Enjoyable as a warm bath with a glass of good red wine. Amazing how he churns them all out so quickly and so well.


Front Runner (Francis Thriller Book 49)
Front Runner (Francis Thriller Book 49)
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4.0 out of 5 stars DICK FRANCIS REINCARNATED - SMARTER, LESS SOULFUL, 29 Nov. 2015
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I'm a sucker for racing thrillers and this hits the spot. Felix Francis is smarter than Dick Francis and probably writes better too. Still, there is a suspicion that this is written for the money and not from the heart. But anyway, enjoy it.


While England Sleeps
While England Sleeps
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5.0 out of 5 stars SAD IN THE 1930s, 29 Nov. 2015
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A tour-de-force about life as a gay man in the 1930s. Takes in the Spanish Civil War and the terrible class-consciousness of public school Marxists then. Beautifully written and very sad.


Act of Darkness
Act of Darkness
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2.0 out of 5 stars NOT ONE OF HIS BEST, 29 Nov. 2015
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This review is from: Act of Darkness (Kindle Edition)
I love Francis King, but this is not one of his best books. In fact I gave up after the first couple of chapters.


The First New Testament: Marcion's Scriptural Canon
The First New Testament: Marcion's Scriptural Canon
by Jason D. BeDuhn
Edition: Paperback
Price: £24.50

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5.0 out of 5 stars A GREAT BOOK ABOUT THE ORIGINS OF CHRISTIANITY, 29 Nov. 2015
This is a brilliant book and anyone interested in the origins of Christianity should read it. It is scholarly but accessible.

Bottom line: there was a guy called Marion in the mid-second century BC who compiled the first New Testament. It gave great billing to Saint Paul. Without this New Testament, Paul may have been obscure and Christianity may have remained a Jewish sect.

Can't recommend it too highly.


Against Marcion
Against Marcion
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1.0 out of 5 stars perhaps the greatest theologian of all time, 23 Nov. 2015
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This was very cheap but it is appallingly presented.

Tertullian is important because he preserved some of the words of Marcion, perhaps the greatest theologian of all time, and the one who presented the most attractive version of Christianity.

But what even this terrible version shows is what a nasty piece of work Tertullian was. Really horrible. Worth knowing of course.


Evolution 2.0
Evolution 2.0
by Perry Marshall
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £14.88

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5.0 out of 5 stars A REAL ADVANCE IN UNDERSTANDING THE NATURE OF EVOLUTION, 29 Sept. 2015
This review is from: Evolution 2.0 (Hardcover)
This is an important book. It is a serious examination of evolution. Marshall's argument is subtle and nuanced, but it can be simplified and summarized as follows:

DNA is literally code. It is not merely like a software code - the genetic code is a code. DNA has features found only in code.

If there is a code, there is purpose. If there is a code, how did it come about? Nobody has seriously answered this question yet.

The neo-Darwinist, generally received, view of evolution is not satisfactory. It says that given enough time, random mutation and natural selection explain evolution. But random mutation is noise. Noise destroys. It can't make a better copy of something.

Cells rearrange DNA according to precise rules. Cells exchange DNA with other cells. Cells communicate with each other and edit their own genomes with incredible sophistication. Cells switch code on and off for the benefit of themselves and their progeny. Cells merge and cooperate.

A better view of evolution than the neo-Darwinist one is that Adapative Mutation + Natural Selection + Time explain evolution. This is what Marshall calls Evolution 2.0.

Now, I am not qualified to say whether Marshall is right or wrong. But the subject is clearly important; and if Marshall is wrong, biologists will have to refute his argument line by line.

There is a lot in this book with a religious angle. The book seems designed to make evolution "acceptable" to those who reject it, because they think evolution crowds out God. This side of the book leaves me cold. I don't think that either theory of evolution - Marshall or that of the neo-Darwinists - has much to do with God. That is because my view of God goes well beyond the idea that God is the Creator of the universe. I side with the Gnostic view of the second century, that the true God is unknowable, inscrutable, a force of pure love. This God did not create the world. That God can be known only by introspection and by exercising our powers of the mind and spirit, tapping into our conscience and the unconscious mind. In my view, you can have any theory of evolution, and still believe in this God. But still, evolution is one of the most important phenomena, and every attempt to understand it better is hugely important. By this criterion, Marshall has written a very important book.


Emma
Emma
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5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to read and immensely enjoyable, 26 Feb. 2015
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A modern version of Jane Austen's classic, which requires no familiarity with the original.

Easy to read and immensely enjoyable, though I doubt people will still be reading this one in 200 years.

More in this genre please.


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