Monday, December 09, 2013
50 Simple Questions for Every Christian, Guy P. Harrison. Amherst NY: Prometheus Books, 2013. e-book, 381 pps.
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Guy P. Harrison (50 Popular Beliefs That People Think Are True, 2012; and others) asks questions from the viewpoint of a skeptic. 50 Simple Questions for Every Christian offers (50) questions and some well-researched answers according to skepticism, science, and logical reasoning. The questions range from the existence of a god to musings about evolution vs. intelligent design to a god and his followers behaving badly. There is included notes, a bibliography, and an index.
sapphoq reviews says: I enjoyed 50 Simple Questions for Every Christian even more than 50 Popular Beliefs. The questions are not limited to what I think of as the common ones. Guy P. Harrison provides answers and his observations which do not bully Christians. Although some of the answers are commonplace, others aren't. Some Christians may take offence at this mildest of atheist books where no offence is intended. Highly recommended.
My Dog: The Paradox: A Lovable Discourse about Man's Best Friend, The Oatmeal. Kansas City: Andrews McMeel Publishing, LLC: 2013. ebook, 36 pages.
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If you aren't familiar with The Oatmeal, go there right now. Then come back here if you are still interested in my review. The Oatmeal put up a lengthy dog comic up on his blog and it then became a book (and also an e-book). It really is quite good.
The dog of the book is adorable, modeled after his "real" dog Rambo. The book lists the things that Rambo is afraid of and the things he relishes, stuff he has eaten and upchucked, and what happens anytime The Oatmeal returns. The cartoons are now in vivid color.
sapphoq reviews says: The Oatmeal has created a lovable tribute to his lovable dog. Get this book and read it. Even after the worse of Thanksgiving dinners with the family that removes the fun from dysfunctional, you are sure to laugh out loud. High recommended.
I'm Down: A Memoir, Mishna Wolff. New York: St. Martin's Press, 2009. e-book, 208 pps.
Mishna and her younger sister are white. Their divorced parents are white. But their dad thinks he is black. He is so enamored of Black Culture that he lives in a black neighborhood and raises his children as if they were also black. The two sisters attend a summer recreational program with not much recreation in it. Mishna learns how to cap. She despairs of her dad's increasingly bizarre girlfriends and eventually is forced to retreat to her mother's home in an affluent [predominantly] white neighborhood. She discovers that a few of her white rich girl classmates are pretty mixed up in spite of their very different upbringing.
sapphoq reviews says: Mishna Wolff has written a fine memoir of her unique upbringing. Her memories are treated with both seriousness and humor. I could picture her as a younger in my mind. Highly recommended as an anecdotal exploration of what it means to be the Other in the United States of America.
The Carpet People, Sir Terry Pratchett. New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/ Clarion Books, 1971, 1992. Illustrations: 2013. e-book, 166 pps.
I adore Discworld totally and absolutely. The Carpet People is not set in Discworld but it is a short novel that Sir Terry Pratchett wrote in his younger years and then re-worked 21 years later along with new illustrations.
The world is made up of carpet. Various people live among the hairs in villages and cities which have different colors. There is a desperate king and a quest and heroes and a war and enemies and a cave underneath the castle. The ending denotes another new beginning of course.
sapphoq reviews says: I enjoyed The Carpet People immensely. Sir Terry Pratchett colored in his charming black-and-white illustrations for the 2013 edition and two galleries of art are included in the back of the book. Anyone who loves Discworld will be interested in The Carpet People. Highly recommended.