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Monday, June 27

  1. page Unwind edited ... Unwind (Neal Shusterman) A thrilling read by Shusterman, Unwind is set in the aftermath of Se…
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    Unwind (Neal Shusterman)
    A thrilling read by Shusterman, Unwind is set in the aftermath of Second Civil War over abortion rights where in order to satisfy both the pro-life and pro-choice armies, a process of Unwinding takes place. This is a condition were between the ages of thirteen and eighteen a parent may choose to abort the child by donating every part of the child's body. This way the child doesn't technically die but is still terminated. This gripping plot follows three characters Lev, Connor and Risa as they try to escape the clutches of "death" and in the process save other unwinds as well as form a lasting friendship.
    Every chapter is in the prescriptive of one of the three characters which makes reading this character-driven book all the more interesting. Readers will be amazed at the liveliness of the characters as they seem to leap out of the story and as they make heart wrenchingly difficult decisions that drive the novel forward. Not only that but Shusterman's straight forward approach amplifies the raw conflicts between parent vs child, society vs individual and reader vs simplistic morals of human rights. This clever book is thought provoking and page turning, a dynamic combo that truly makes a great read. It is suitable for all ages which shows Shusterman's ability to grab the reader and put him/her into the very pages of the novel.
    Being both exhilarating and astonishing, Unwind is a must read. I would gladly recommend it to those who have not come across such an interesting science fiction novel such as Unwind. It is fast paced, gripping and enjoyable for all ages.
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  2. msg Unwind message posted Unwind Every chapter is in the prescriptive of one of the three characters which makes reading this charac…
    Unwind
    Every chapter is in the prescriptive of one of the three characters which makes reading this character-driven book all the more interesting. Readers will be amazed at the liveliness of the characters as they seem to leap out of the story and as they make heart wrenchingly difficult decisions that drive the novel forward. Not only that but Shusterman's straight forward approach amplifies the raw conflicts between parent vs child, society vs individual and reader vs simplistic morals of human rights. This clever book is thought provoking and page turning, a dynamic combo that truly makes a great read. It is suitable for all ages which shows Shusterman's ability to grab the reader and put him/her into the very pages of the novel.

    Being both exhilarating and astonishing, Unwind is a must read. I would gladly recommend it to those who have not come across such an interesting science fiction novel such as Unwind. It is fast paced, gripping and enjoyable for all ages.
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  3. msg Review message posted Review 2001: A Space Odyssey is a science fiction novel, written by Arthur C. Clarke and published in 1968…
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    2001: A Space Odyssey is a science fiction novel, written by Arthur C. Clarke and published in 1968 about astronauts in space and the influences of aliens. The author’s purpose in writing the book was to provide an outlook on issues of the future and technological advancement in the future. The major themes of 2001: A Space Odyssey are the perils of technology, the evolution of man, and the exploration of space. The author tackles these new and original ideas through the plot. The perils of technology are shown through the space ship’s artificial intelligence HAL trying to kill Bowman. The evolution of man is shown through the novel following the growth of man from primitive ape to human. It also explores the future of evolution with Bowman being turned into a Star-Child. The theme of the exploration of space is shown through the new and challenging ideas about space presented throughout the novel. When it was written, space programs were just beginning, so almost all of the ideas it presents are new and futuristic. The themes in the book have the purpose of looking towards the future, and helping the reader to imagine new things that may come. Through 2001: A Space Odyssey Clarke seeks to open readers’ minds to new, previously unexplored, ideas that challenge the reality they know and broaden their horizons.
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Sunday, June 26

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    [[include component="comments" page="Longitude" limit="10" ]]LongitudeLongitude (Dava Sobel)
    The thorniest scientific problem of the eighteenth century was how to determine longitude. Many thousands of lives had been lost at sea over the centuries due to the inability to determine an east-west position. This is the engrossing story of the clockmaker, John "Longitude" Harrison, who solved the problem that Newton and Galileo had failed to conquer, yet claimed only half the promised rich reward.(amazon)
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    Longitude is a nonfiction book written by Dava Sobel. This book is about history, scientific exploration and
    the quest for an accurate way to determine longitude. Unlike parallels of latitude, which are fixed by nature, longitude is judged by means of time. John Harrison,
    a British clockmaker who used his knowledge of mechanics, rather than complicated theories of math and astronomy, to solve the great problem of longitude. The sailors needed John Harrison's clocks,
    models H-1 through H-5, to survive. Harrison fought for years to win his prize from the Board of Longitude, whose members favored scientific rather than mechanical means for finding longitude. But Harrison's marine chronometers were eventually accepted and mass-produced.
    Dava Sobel was excellent at expressing her thoughts. I loved the way she wrote the book. I found this book very interesting to read because there were many stories within the story about something that is seemingly obscure but incredibly important. It is short and a fun book to read.
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  2. msg Review message posted Review 2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke (copyright 1968) is a science fiction novel about the…
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    2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke (copyright 1968) is a science fiction novel about the discovery of an extraterrestrial monolith on the moon. When it is found, the Discovery is sent to Saturn to find out more about the mysterious stone. In writing this novel, Clarke’s purpose was to create a thrilling science fiction novel in which space travel is common. The many problems that the Discovery encounters along the way make for an exciting read but Clarke’s purpose was not just to entertain. In fact, his work carries a powerful message about the dangers of technology. Clarke reveals this theme by stating bluntly, “The spear, the bow, the gun, and finally the guided missile had given him weapons of…infinite power…But now, as long as they existed, he was living on borrowed time.” Throughout the book, Clarke develops this theme by showing instances where technology caused harm to humans, from the invention of simple weapons to the invention of intelligent computer programs. Although this theme is somewhat traditional, since many books do caution humans about using technology, the theme is set in an original story and developed in an intriguing way. Another theme of this book is the infinite possibilities of space. Written in 1968, a year before the U.S landed on the moon, Clarke’s novel fantasizes about all the possibilities that humans could achieve such as making space travel common and having bases on the moon. The discovery of the monolith and other life forms also adds to the theme, which was new and original for his time. Clarke’s thesis for this novel is that humans should explore space and develop technology to make it possible, but should be cautious of the dangers technology brings.
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  3. msg Watchers (Dean Koortz ) message posted Watchers (Dean Koortz ) This book is really interesting and fun, so if you really like a little horror,suspense and things…
    Watchers (Dean Koortz )
    This book is really interesting and fun, so if you really like a little horror,suspense and things about dogs then, this is right book for you. The main character Travis Cornell, he decide to live his rest of life in wilderness.He was walking on woods, suddenly one golden retriever came and force him to go back and Travis soon find that dog was not extraordinary dog but a very smart and named him Einstein. Einstein and Travis rescues a women called Nora Devon from a outsider beast who was after her.They both started to fall in love and also discover past about Einstein. Travis and Nora both know whats hunting them and for what.The outsider stalker beast, he intention was to destroy Einstein and also kill the people who are with Einstein. So to save Einstein life and theirs, they faced with that evil and killed.
    This is the best book ever and i enjoyed a lot. You guys should read it and believe me you will definitely enjoy reading this book. book.
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Friday, June 24

  1. msg Next message posted Next Next is a science fiction/ thriller novel by Michael Crichton published in 2006 that takes a look a…
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    Next is a science fiction/ thriller novel by Michael Crichton published in 2006 that takes a look at a world greatly impacted by genetics and its research. Crichton's purpose of writing this book is to show what happens when people become obsessed over genetics as they see it fit to solve all their problems. But the large research put into genetics and finding the perfect gene creates the question of whats considered ethical. In a nutshell, basically the novel has several different story lines that are all connected, which explains why there are so many characters. Companies are investing billions of dollars in genetic research to develop the perfect gene whether it for maturation, to get rid of addiction,etc. But in doing so, the results include law suits over the ethics of these experiments, whether it will benefit mankind or hurt it overall. There is also transgenic animals and humans that let readers think about the possibilities out there in out science field. Crichton is able to make the novel realistic with scientific terms and also articles that discuss about engineering and biotechnology. The major themes within the story include the extent of ethics and the potential/ future in cutting-edge genetics. These themes are revealed as each story line develops. Crichton shows the visible progress made in the companies' attempt to fight cancer, addiction, etc by picking out a certain gene, but it also shows the conflicts that come out of this such as the law suits in courts, transgenic pets, the the safety of certain genetic chemicals, and disputes between companies over these genes. These themes are overall new and intent because although there are numerous sci-fi books, there are not that explore the possibility of genetics in the future and how such advancements would affect mankind. It is based on issues today however Crichton makes it even more advanced as to created talking pets and genes that can get rid of blondes. In conclusion, Crichton pops up the question of how far genetics can really take us and if it can actually solve all our problems but neglecting major concepts like morality.
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  2. msg Wormholes, Black Holes, and Time Machines message posted Wormholes, Black Holes, and Time Machines Wormholes, Black Holes, and Time Machines by Jim Al-Khalili is a theoretical science book that disc…
    Wormholes, Black Holes, and Time Machines
    Wormholes, Black Holes, and Time Machines by Jim Al-Khalili is a theoretical science book that discusses the concepts and ideas of wormholes, black holes, and time machines. You would think that Jim Al-Khalili would use large and highly sophisticated vocabulary explaining such topics but he breaks down everything well enough that even a 5th grader could easily depict what he is stating. I would recomend this book to anyone who is interested in space and what goes on in it for the fact that it has alot of detail and intruction that you can grasp how things work and why the work.
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  3. msg Blindness message posted Blindness Blindness is a book by Jose Samarago. It is about a blindness that suddenly strikes a nation and ho…
    Blindness
    Blindness is a book by Jose Samarago. It is about a blindness that suddenly strikes a nation and how the people react to it. It is a science fiction book. The author’s purpose in writing this book is to show that people, at bad times, neglect cooperating each other and act like animals. At bad times like in this book, healthy people never want to help the disabled ones except few good people. The major themes of the book are Blindness, hunger, depression and sexual abuse. Blindness is the main theme of the book, because the people get into all of the other problems because of blindness. The theme of the book is new and original because there have been no blindness epidemic like this in human history and while the people in the book kill each other at bad times but people in real life tend to help each other. As the author is trying to show how people react to each other in bad times, I think the theme of the book is social.” in a place where everyone is blind, a good person with an eye can serve as a god.
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