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|The hobbit, or, There and back again |
by Tolkien, J. R. R. 1892-1973
The Hobbit is a classic adventure story where an unlikely hero faces goblins, a dragon, and his own insecurities to help his friends. If you like those kinds of stories, this is one of the best ever written! It is a prequel to the ’Lord of the Rings’ books (every bit as good as this one) so I STRONGLY suggest you read this one first. posted Apr 28, 2013 at 1:15AM
|Guns, germs, and steel : the fates of human societies |
by Diamond, Jared M.
An interesting and believable analysis of the ways in which the local flora, fauna, and geography shaped civilization throughout the world. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is serious about understanding why the world is the way it is today. NOTE: The author presents his thesis within the first few chapters of the book and spends the rest of the book reiterating his points with detailed supporting analysis and examples. Therefore, a less dedicated reader can glean a basic understanding of the core concepts by reading just the first few chapters. WARNING: This is a long and detailed sociological analysis and WILL bore readers lacking an authentic interest in the material. posted Apr 28, 2013 at 1:06AM
|Devices and desires |
by Parker, K. J.
This is a fairly entertaining (though somewhat slow-moving) book set in an alternate medieval world where one civilization has advanced to a high level of pre-industrial technology vastly outpacing it’s neighbors. As a result various conflicts ensue. This is book one in a three book series so don’t expect everything to be wrapped up at the end of this book. The immediate conflicts are resolved but the long term conflicts are not. WARNING: This book is clearly directed toward an educated crowd with a working knowledge of the basics of mechanical engineering. While you may enjoy the story without a technical background, much of the humor and commentary may be lost on you. posted Apr 28, 2013 at 12:36AM