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Climate Wars
Climate Wars
by Gwynne Dyer
Edition: Hardcover
11 used & new from CDN$ 3.99

13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars As a counter point to the single star review:, May 26 2010
This review is from: Climate Wars (Hardcover)
I'm writing this review to respond to the author of amazon's solitary negative review of this book that implies that Gwynne Dyer is nothing more than a conspiracy theorist, attempting to create a profitable hysteria:

This publication is primarily based on military strategies based on projections of climate change, strategies created by credible sources like the US military and the pentagon. These Strategies (one of the more famous called, "the age of consequence") are not the work of, "a spaced out out hippy," but of militarized powers, analyzed by a renowned PhD Military and Middle Eastern History commentator - who publishes a weekly column in several international newspapers.

I can appreciate any argument on the validity of sourcing, or the probability of occurrence of predicted events being quite low, or maybe even slights on the authors character that give reason for bias. I find this very useful pieces of information in a review, and quite frankly relevant. That said: discounting a work of this caliber as alarmist fiction denies that it is based largely in fact (and when it treads into speculative territory, it goes out of its way to acknowledge this) as well as it's primary use as the basis of exploring current conception.

City of Hawks
City of Hawks
by E. Gary Gygax
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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1.0 out of 5 stars Poorly thought out, and written equally as well., Dec 7 2009
Reviewing books I usually try to point out the good with the bad, but in the case of City of the Hawks, I'm not sure there is anything other than bad.

The style of writing employed makes a reader fill in much of the setting, passage of time, and any sort of background.
You would think this lack of defining detail would lead to a succinct read that sends you reeling through a fantasy world: it does not. In Gary Gygax's City of Hawks the plot is minimal, the action is poorly described the pacing indecisive between clumsy fumbling in dialogue, and leaping through time in events. In spite of all that there is nothing to the point this novel; it's nothing short of annoying to read. Mr. Gygax rarely repeats a single word; even though doing so would give paragraphs some flow where instead they're blotted with excess vocabulary and compensatory dialogue. The net effect of this is like being chased through a book by someone with a thesaurus, but no story.

The net result of this book is tremendously weak, and comes across like it's written by a twit with too much vocabulary and too little ability to use it. I would never consider a forgotten realms book high reading, though if you'd like a better version of this plot, read Elminster Making of a Mage by Ed Greenwood, while mediocre at bestits five times the novel this one is.

Stone Butch Blues
Stone Butch Blues
by Leslie Feinberg
Edition: Paperback
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Singing the blues, April 29 2009
This review is from: Stone Butch Blues (Paperback)
Leslie Feinberg's Stone Butch Blues is a dialogue from a butch named Jess from behind a wall too tall to see over.

Walls are built to close things off, to protect - sometimes to keep whats inside safe, othertimes to isolate people within. The protaganist Jess, had them built up around by others for not being something they could understand, and by herself to stay hard enough to stay in a world that didn't want her in it.

Jess tells about about never having the words to describe how she feels or to create her own voice and make it fit. Its hard to fit when you're trapped by the world outside gender, outside sex, and stuck walled into yourself.

I swallowed this book in two days - a quote I once heard is drumming in my head, "to live and die properly we must take back our words."
This is one of the only things I've read that has given me new words, made old words have meaning again. When I finished I felt like something in me I didn't notice took form, and had a voice, as part of me.

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