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Davies: The Goldilocks Enigma at LibraryThing

The Goldilocks Enigma: Why Is the Universe Just Right for Life? by Paul Davies

Sadly, Paul Davies wastes his talent for explaining complicated matters in easy terms by pandering to metaphysical evasions and Templeton Foundation godbots.

The Attack by Yasmina Khadra

The Attack by Yasmina Khadra

The Attack by Yasmina Khadra, with its momentous premise and gripping subject matter, fails to bring its message across because it is too poorly written.

Revelation Space by Alastair Reynolds

Revelation Space by Alastair Reynolds

Revelation Space by Alastair Reynolds was the most fascinating sf novel I’ read in ages, a baroque space opera comprising a grand story and sarcastic dialog.

Confessions of an Advertising Man by David Ogilvy

Confessions of an Advertising Man by David Ogilvy

Einiges zur Werbebranche ist sicherlich veraltet in David Ogilvys kurzweiligem, amüsanten Essay Confessions of an Advertising Man, vieles aber auch keineswegs.

Bones, Rocks and Stars by Chris Turney

Bones, Rocks and Stars: The Science of When Things Happened by Chris Turney

My lasting impression of Chris Turneys Bones, Rocks and Stars: The Science of When Things Happened is that it was way too thin. More meat please!

Iron Kingdom by Christopher Clark

Iron Kingdom: The Rise and Downfall of Prussia, 1600-1947 by Christopher Clark

If you don’t know Prussia, read this book. If you think you know Prussia, read it too. Clark’s Iron Kingdom is a scientific & literary achievement.

The Trouble With Physics by Lee Smolin

The Trouble With Physics: The Rise of String Theory, The Fall of a Science, and What Comes Next by Lee Smolin

A sobering account of today’s sorry state of physics, and a devastating assessment of what String Theory has actually achieved after 30 years of research.

Learning to Read Midrash by Simi Peters

Learning to Read Midrash by Simi Peters

This is a terrific introduction to the methodology of reading Midrash: how to read, which questions to ask, how to follow the terse prose of the Hazal, i. e., the rabbinic commentators from the Talmudic era, and how to reconstruct their thoughts (and those of the redactors as well). Hazal readings, as a rule, are an… Read More ›

Atheist Manifesto by Michel Onfray

Atheist Manifesto: The Case Against Christianity, Judaism, and Islam by Michel Onfray

Michel Onfray makes his points in Atheist Manifesto: The Case Against Christianity, Judaism, and Islam, but stops there instead of developing alternatives.

Chicks ’n Chained Males by Esther Friesner

Chicks ’n Chained Males by Esther Friesner, Ed.

Hilarious feminst postmodern over-the-top fantasy stories. I wish there had been something like that already when I was a kid.

Other Asias by Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak

Other Asias by Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak

In Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak’s Other Asias, the question of do-gooders vs. basic field work arises again. I would argue that exponential effects play a role.

The Cosmic Landscape by Leonard Susskind

The Cosmic Landscape: String Theory and the Illusion of Intelligent Design by Leonard Susskind

Leonard Susskind’s The Cosmic Landscape: String Theory and the Illusion of Intelligent Design is fascinating, but all depends on whether string theory is valid.

Berliner Aufklärung von Thea Dorn

Berliner Aufklärung von Thea Dorn

Daß der Erstlingsroman Berliner Aufklärung von Thea Dorn den Raymond Chandler Preis verliehen bekam, sagt viel über den Preis, aber nichts über das Buch.

Il Principe by Niccolo Machiavelli

Il Principe by Niccolò Machiavelli

Based on the discourse of power, Niccolo Machiavelli’s Il Principe and its often brutal advice strongly resist a purely historical reading.

Letter to a Christian Nation by Sam Harris

Letter to a Christian Nation by Sam Harris

In Letter to a Christian Nation, Sam Harris sketches the current situation, sums up the consequences, and addresses criticism directed against The End of Faith.

The Art of Writing Advertising von Denis Higgins

The Art of Writing Advertising von Denis Higgins

Alles an diesem Büchlein über Texter ist absolut lächerlich mit Ausnahme der Charaktere und Temperamente von Bernbach, Gribbin, Reeves, Ogilvy und Burnett.

Ogilvy on Advertising von David Ogilvy

Ogilvy on Advertising von David Ogilvy

David Ogilvys Werbebranchen-Fibel vom Berufseinstieg bis zum TV-Spot. Längst nicht so veraltet, wie zu erwarten wäre, und oft sehr selbstironisch.

Rembrandt: The Painter at Work by Ernst van de Wetering

Rembrandt: The Painter at Work by Ernst van de Wetering

Rembrandt: The Painter at Work by Ernst van de Wetering provides amazing perspectives with which to meet Rembrandt’s and his students’ paintings.

Word That Sell & More Words That Sell von Richard Bayan

Words That Sell & More Word That Sell von Richard Bayan

Words That Sell und More Word That Sell von Richard Bayan sind ungemein nützliche Nachschlagebücher für Erprobtes und Bewährtes sowie für spezielle Wortfelder.

The Complete Cartoons of The New Yorker by Robert Mankoff (ed.)

The Complete Cartoons of The New Yorker by Robert Mankoff, Ed.

Even if the cartoons provided on CD are very low-quality, the 2004 printed cartoons are excellent and make this book a bargain.