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Medical Terminology Decoded is Now on Amazon.com

October 6, 2012

“Medical Terminology Decoded” is the first edition designed for anyone wanting a better understanding of medical words that are used everywhere in the healthcare industry. I wrote this edition specifically for the medical terminology course that I teach at the university level. My main concern was that I wanted to make it as easy enough for the reader who had no background in science, but still be interesting enough for those who already have some scientific background.

 

I am hoping that schools, colleges, and other medical establishments throughout the world will find some benefit with this book. There is no question that medical terminology can be very complex, but this book can help you step-by-step to understand with a simplistic approach.

 

On many of the pages you will be required to write in the answer to a particular question or statement. Chapter 1 is very important because it introduces the concept of prefixes, suffixes, and root words that are the basis for medical language to be understood. The preceding chapters introduce topics related to the human body and are follow with examples of medical terms related to that specific topic.

 

Chapter 9 will take you through 500 questions or statements related to medical terminology. If you do decide to enter the health field, I hope that this book serves as a springboard to a new and exciting career. I have been fortunate to have been taught by excellent professors and challenged by students in my classroom. I hope that this book can foster an enthusiasm for learning medical words as it has for my own students.

 

I am grateful to all my friends, colleagues, students, my father, my mother, my son and entire family for their unwavering support, patience, and belief in me.

 

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Your Number One Fan Is You

June 6, 2012

Your number one fan is yourself.  When it comes to motivation, you need to find the right atmosphere to keep your spirits up.  Your determination requires your utmost attention.  Many of us fall victim to the criticisms of close friends and family.  The general public doesn’t understand your potential and are more likely not to back you up in realizing your dreams.  So many of us are so close to fulfilling our goals but we give up too soon and fall prey to the negativism that surrounds us.  So how do we protect ourselves from this and guarantee that we succeed in establishing our worth in our jobs, in our family, to our friends, in our schools, or in anything we apply ourselves to.

All too often many of us believe we do not deserve to be successful, Are we afraid that we will not succeed? Are we are afraid that we may not be able to maintain that level of success for very long?  What you need  is a formula that works for you, that is unique and delivers results every time.  For each and every one of us that success formula comes from experience and perseverance.  You need to say to yourself that this time you will follow through and complete your task.  No matter what people tell you or what your closest friends tell you, these people don’t realize that they are holding you back.  So we cannot waste time trying to convince people around us that this is what we want and we feel we can succeed at it.  Some times it is best to to keep these goals of life to yourself.

Yes it is very tempting to share our ideas with people around us but you have to realize not everyone wants exactly the same things.Unless of course you you’re working within a team focused on one goal, this usually occurs at the company level.  But what I’m talking about here are personal goals and normally these goals don’t include any one else but yourself.  How hungry are you?  How sick and tired are you seeing everyone else around you get ahead?  Are you happy where you’re at?

 So many times I have seen people appeared to be happy and after talking to them for a few minutes I realized they are missing something.  And that something is passion for what they are doing, passion for living, passion for the next sunrise, passion for experimenting with new things.  There is no excitement in their words and there seems to be a sadness lurking right behind them.  It doesn’t have to be that way and you can change all this, you simply have to say to yourself I want to change and you do it step-by-step.  Change doesn’t happen overnight, it occurs with little baby steps and the results trickle in as raindrops.  I myself have found plenty of motivational literature in the search engines Google, Yahoo, Bing, AltaVista, Excite, AOL, Lycos, MSN,Cuil, Ask,Dogpile, Icerocket,Alibaba, and Galaxy.  So what are you waiting for?  Today’s the day for change and you will not take no for an answer any more.  I have included below a list of motivation literature for your review.  I like to hear from all of you and get your ideas on ways to motivate yourself and others.  Remember you are in the driver’s seat and no longer will you be satisfied simply being a passenger along for the ride.

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Thinking of getting Married?

June 3, 2012

Thinking of getting married?  Have you really thought about it?  Many of us love the idea of getting married but all too often didn’t take time to answer some very important questions.  What makes the two of you so special other than the fact that you are both madly in love with each other? Are the two of you willing to face adversity together?  Marriage is a journey with many ups and downs, it has many highs and low points in life that determines the strength and commitment of a couple.  If just one person in that relationship isn’t strong enough to weather the storm during the hard times, then perhaps there is a risk it could ultimately fail.

Your financial situation is a very important factor in the longevity of the marriage but it is not the only factor that leads to a successful union.  Is your partner a hard-working individual?  Is she or he mature enough to find solutions that may arise from problems?  Is your partner your best friend?  There are many questions to be asked and answered before one takes that big step in sharing life with another.  Committing to share your life together will probably be the most important decision in your life, and to be successful at it you will need to be prepared and 100% confident that your partner will be there no matter what happens.

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Two Wonderful books for Mothers to Be

May 28, 2012

Okay it’s official and you’re having a baby! All kinds of things are running through your mind, you need a bigger place and tons of other things that need to be done before the arrival of the baby. You don’t know what to do first and you’re frustrated because he can’t think straight and you begin to have a panic attack. The most important being right now is your health and we can be confident that if you eat properly and I mean healthy meals, you’ll be able to have the energy to do all the things before the arrival of your baby and all the preparations that need to be done before.
There are two wonderful books you should consider reading. First is the title” Eating for Pregnancy: The Essential Nutrition Guide and Cookbook for Today’s Mothers-to-Be”. The two authors, one being a trained chef and the other a registered dietitian have collaborated together to put out an excellent book for mothers to be. The book is filled with recipes, suggestions, advice and information for every woman planning childbirth.Eating for Pregnancy

Second book is called “Feed the Belly: The Pregnant Mom’s Healthy Eating Guide”.  The author of this book is also a registered dietitian and addresses topics as the munchies or cravings, sex while pregnant, what to expect the next nine months, and plenty of interest being recipes to include in your diet.
I hope this short review has been of some help and if you would like to leave a comment please do so, I am always happy to hear from my readers.Feed the Belly

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May 27, 2012

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The Brain is Wider Than the Sky by Bryan Appleyard – review

November 18, 2011

EEG 

Perhaps IT technology can never replace the power of our minds …but one day it can come very close. I believe  there is a fear that IT technology will take away much of what is accomplished by us and could further obselete more people from current responsiblities. I am an optimist, and whatever advances we make in any field, one thing is constant…the human brain will always be required to control and maintain all technology…now and into the future. How widw is your brain?

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In 1610 Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei published Starry Messenger, a book of telescopic observations of the night sky, and opened the heavens to busy and ambitious imaginations. Johannes Kepler imagined a manned voyage to the moon in The Dream (1634). Galileo gave us much to look forward to. But the world never turns out to be what we expected.

Award-winning feature writer Bryan Appleyard reckons today’s neuroscientists are like Galileo. The images they pull from their fMRI scanners, tracing blood-flow in the living brain, are the equivalent of Galileo’s drawings of moon mountains. They are magnificent achievements – but they are the beginning of the story, not its end.

The Brain is Wider Than the Sky is not about the sciences of the mind. It’s about how ideas from those sciences are playing out in the culture at large. Appleyard is scientifically literate, rigorous and intelligent. He is also very good at tracing that perilously faint line where the science of consciousness leaves off and the moonshine begins. Not all moonshine is bad for us. Kepler’s Dream was and is a delight. But a culture cannot live on moonshine alone, and Appleyard reckons we’re consuming more of it than is good for us.

The human brain is the most complex object we know. To describe it, thinkers and writers quite understandably reach for the most complicated thing they can imagine. Four centuries ago the brain was considered a particularly fiendish plumbing problem; later it turned into a steam engine; then a telegraph office. Now it’s “like the internet”. The brain is no more a computer network than it is a heating system. Proper neuroscientists know this. The baseless assumption that the brain is some sort of meat computer has combined oddly with the IT revolution, giving many otherwise rational people the idea that our computers will someday soon acquire consciousness. If mere computational power were enough, of course, then any complex system would be conscious. The weather would be conscious. The oceans would think as they turned.

A new and powerful religion holds sway: a belief in the wisdom of the digital collective. To be saved, we must plug in. Plugging in leads, inevitably, to disenchantment. As humourist Alice Kahn has it: “For a list of all the ways technology has failed to improve the quality of life, please press three.” Call trees are the least of it. Appleyard gives a voice to the victims, from the tearful teenager drowning in the flood of his own social media, to Cheryl Cole, whose every action is so thoroughly mediated and syndicated, she spends her life patiently explaining to journalists that she is actually a human being.

Appleyard’s central point is that, in our desire to think great things about our IT “cloud”, we’re deliberately oversimplifying ourselves. We’re hammering ourselves into ridiculously reductive boxes. In our desire to be part of something greater, we’re making ourselves small.

Appleyard is not alone, but, philosophically, this book is not quite on the same level as last year’s You Are Not a Gadget, a work of staggering apostasy by one of cyberspace’s founding fathers, Jaron Lanier. A couple of things make Appleyard’s work a valuable companion to the debate, rather than a latecomer to the party. First, his breadth of reference. He’s interviewed actors in his time, and celebrities, as well as geeks and gurus and scientists, and he treats all his subjects with a critical sympathy that looks easy but takes a career to acquire.

Second, he manages to distinguish between the work of individual scientists and the broader philosophical questions science raises. An early highlight is a vivid, concise, down-to-earth description of the workings of an fMRI scanner – a machine that can create maps of the functioning brain. Not many pages later, Appleyard turns philosopher, and offers an excellent explanation of what reductionism is, and why a science that simply anatomises phenomena into smaller and smaller parts misses a vast portion of scientifically explorable reality.

Poor thinking around digital technology is certainly damaging what is human in us, but not completely, and not for ever. Appleyard has a refreshing belief in a culture’s ability to laugh off its absurdities, eventually. He reminds us of one of the finer jokes in US sitcom Friends. Chandler shows off his new laptop, crowing about its staggering speed, immense processing power and gigantic memory. When asked what he’s going to do with it, he sheepishly admits that he might play a few games.

If only we were less gullible, this excellent joke would have lost its currency years ago, and this book need not have been written. As it is, Appleyard’s meditation is essential reading. We’re all Chandler now. And the joke – that a holy Father-figure may be lurking somewhere in the iCloud – is wearing very thin indeed.

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The best of times to write

November 2, 2011

Charles Dickens

Perhaps the best time to write is any time you have a thought that appears interesting enough. Rarely do I ever have moments where I can splash down pages and pages of writing. I suppose you can train yourself to set aside a special time each day, away from distractions to complete that novel…sure…anything is possible as long as you have a plan and stick to it…

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Powered by Guardian.co.ukThis article titled “The best of times to write” was written by Robert McCrum, for guardian.co.uk on Thursday 27th October 2011 11.40 UTC

I have been reading Claire Tomalin’s bicentennial biography of Charles Dickens – the latest in a long line that begins with The Life of Charles Dickens by the novelist’s friend and adviser John Forster, and includes important studies by Peter Ackroyd, Michael Slater and, most recently, Becoming Dickens by Robert Douglas Fairhurst.

The thing I always take away from reading about the Inimitable, as he styled himself (half-joking), is his prodigious energy and his Victorian capacity for sheer hard work. Reviews, letters, petitions, journalism, stories, plays, scraps of poetry, more letters on myriad topics (from interior decor to prison reform), and finally of course the 14 great novels themselves.

But then, as you go deeper into Tomalin, you discover that Dickens, in his prime, used to compress his literary energies into five hours, roughly 9am to 2pm, after which he would walk incessantly, and put his mind into neutral. He might return to what he’d written in the morning later in the evening, but those five hours held the key to his output. Which raises the question: what’s the best time of day to write? and its corollary: how many hours are necessary?

Some writers (Dickens among them) are larks. Others – more nocturnal – are owls. Robert Frost, whose remote Vermont cabin I visited recently in company with his biographer Jay Parini, never started work till the afternoon, and often stayed up till two or three in the morning, not rising until midday, or even later. Proust, famously, worked night and day in a cork-lined room. I remember reading somewhere that Raymond Chandler observed that it was impossible to write well for more than four hours a day. What do you do in the afternoon?

There’s also the question of how long it might take to complete a novel. Here, you encounter literary legends. Faulkner claimed to have completed As I Lay Dying in six weeks. In the mid-1930s, PG Wodehouse, who wrote fast once he had the mechanics of his plots straight, polished off the last 10,000 words of Very Good, Jeeves! in a single day. In his autobiography, A Sort of Life, Graham Greene describes writing Stamboul Train on benzedrine, to pay the bills, working against the clock. Further back, Samuel Johnson wrote Rasselas, which is short, in a fortnight to defray the expenses of his mother’s funeral. Or so it’s said.

More usually, a 60-70,000 word novel seems to take at least a year to complete, allowing for two or three drafts, although often the first, rough outline can get written in a matter of weeks. The strange truth about a lot of fiction is that the dominant moments that animate an entire novel can occur to the writer in a matter of minutes. After that, in the words of one New Zealand writer I recall with affection, “it’s just typing”.

Dickens, of course, lived in the golden age of the typesetter. His strong, decisive manuscripts (he boasted a very clear hand) were swiftly transformed into galley proofs, for endless re-writing, the really time-consuming part of the process. The revision is the bit that many writers really enjoy, once the heavy lifting of the first draft is done.

 

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Battlefield 3: Andy McNab on how he brought realism to shooting games

October 27, 2011

Andy McNab

I guess if you want to buy a battlefield video game that comes as close as the real thing….try Battlefield 3 by Andy McNab who has seen the real deal…shooting games are getting more and more realistic because of the high demand for it. More bloodier,louder,faster,and exciting…more is always better…isn’t it?

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Powered by Guardian.co.ukThis article titled “Battlefield 3: Andy McNab on how he brought realism to shooting games” was written by Keith Stuart, for guardian.co.uk on Thursday 27th October 2011 13.27 UTC

Famed for his explosive SAS memoir Bravo Two Zero, and now the author of dozens of fictional military thrillers, Andy McNab is a pretty good person to go to if you’re concerned with creating an authentic combat game. The decorated ex-soldier worked with EA Dice through the last year of development on Battlefield 3, helping with mission design, dialogue and motion capture sessions. He has also written a tie-in novel, Battlefield 3: The Russian, which explores the activities of special forces operator Dima, who appears as a non-playable character in the game.

But what has he really been able to draw from his covert missions in hotspots around the world? And has his work as a security adviser helped in the task of describing war to a bunch of coders and artists? We spoke to him last week, to find out.

You haven’t been heavily involved with a video game before. What drew you to Battlefield 3?
The story. It’s as simple as that. Normally, when you’re approached by a games company, they just want you to jump on at the end as a marketing tool, or do a bit of motion capture. But when the call came from EA Dice, I went out to Stockholm and the guys there just seemed to get it – they wanted to progress the story-side. You’ve got to have a lot more than just shooting in games now, you’ve got to have that sense of engagement.

The first things EA Dice showed me were the scripts – and they had a sense of character, of emotion, of connection. That was what did it for me. And my first job was helping with the writing, coming up with plausible bridges between missions, doing some of the dialogue. Military speak is very progressive and positive. No one says, “Well, we’ll try to get to X by 9am”, it’s all about you will do this, I will do that, this will happen. The point of that is, if you start with a moment of doubt, when things get worse, doubt becomes failure. It’s got to be positive from the start. And it’s all about brevity – military language is not as formal as we think it is.

And I spent time with the designers and artists, looking at the aesthetics – the right use of weapons, different ranges of fire, operations in urban and desert environments. I worked with the stuntmen and actors in the motion capture studios, showing them how to hold their guns. The team just wanted everything to look right.

This may sound like a stupid question, but are there moments in Battlefield that have reminded you of genuine missions you’ve been on?
Oh yes, certainly some of the urban stuff. There’s quite a lot of action in Tehran, and through the Middle Eastern architecture, it does look very similar to Iraq. The tank section of the game is based on the earthworks that were built along the Iran/Iraq borders during their war. There were huge infantry battalions based around these earthworks. Four or five years ago, I was flying along the border with the Americans – I was working for a private security company at the time – and I saw these almost medieval constructions.

So I took a couple of pictures and when we were going through the tank levels in the game, I dug out them out, sent them over and Dice produced exact replicas in the game. There’s an American tank commander who served out in Fallujah and now works for EA Dice in the US – he said the tank level is better than a military simulator.

A lot of people aren’t comfortable with the idea of gamers indulging in war simulations for fun. Are you completely OK with it?
Yes! People have always been fascinated by war – games are just another medium for that. There have been war films since the beginning of cinema – you could go along to the Saturday morning pictures and watch John Wayne kill 100 Japanese soldiers in 10 minutes. It’s all part of the same thing. And the big arguments about games inducing violence – they’re a load of nonsense; violence has always been there. And possibly, the reason the crime rate is declining in the US is that people are now staying in and exploring violence through games rather than going out and beating people up.

It’s the same with films and books. I’ve been blamed for a bank robbery in America somewhere; I’ve been blamed for a couple of murders. But look… take Chicago and Toronto: they’re separated by two lakes, nothing more, the TV is the same, their influences are the same, but Chicago’s crime rate is up here and Toronto’s is way down there. How can that be? Is it a cultural thing? I don’t know.

Are the emotions that you experience in shooter anywhere near the emotions you genuinely face in real-life missions? Are there any similarities at all?
Yes, there are. Once you’re engaged with the character, you’re part of it. You get fear, anxiety, you get the same rush of endorphins if you’re successful; obviously it’s all at different levels because it’s just entertainment. You don’t get wet, cold and hungry! Also, some people have gamers down as solitary and geeky, but that’s not the case. It’s very social, you’re in touch with 16 other gamers in Japan, the US, all over the world.

And soldiers tend to be very good at shooters don’t they?
Absolutely. The military uses games to as a teaching tool; soldiers in training have always used games. Conflict is progressing, it’s becoming more about stand-off attack – you don’t want to face the enemy, because people get killed. So war is becoming much more technical and soldiers do play a lot of games. They get it.

Which are some of the key weapons in Battlefield, do you think? Which are the most authentic?

The RPG works very well, certainly in the urban environments. We spent a lot of time working on that, getting it right, especially the signature left by the back blast. Everyone always expects a big explosion from an RPG, but you don’t get that – it’s designed to penetrate armour.

And with RPGs in shooting games you’ll often get a guy who’ll just stand right up and fire. Well, in real-life, sometimes you see them sometimes you don’t; what you’re looking for is the signature of the back blast, which is quite distinctive, it’s a noisy signature. That’s in the game, and it should help players find where the fire is coming from.

The M4 carbine is in a lot of games, but it works very well here. The animation in BF3 captures the way that soldiers manipulate these weapons, the different fixtures on the safety catch, whether it’s on single shot or auto, all that sort of stuff. Even down to the moments where you have stoppage and you’ll just tip the gun to see what’s going on – if the working parts are back, you need a new magazine. So you’ll just tip and look. That’s in the game animation. Geeky things like that.

We spent a lot of time talking about the helicopter gunships, the 40mm cannons, the way that bullet casings come down like rain – that really does happen. So we played with that. Also, they asked me if the gunship would just stay still and hover over the battlefield. I said of course it will; the crew are like, “We’ve got a big gun, we’re heavily armoured, what are you going to do about it?” There’s this attitude, “we will go forward” and we’ve got to get that in the game.

It’s about changing people’s perceptions. If you have a line of machine guns pointing one in one direction, you think they’re going to stitch the wall in a nice line – it doesn’t work that way. When rounds fall, they fall in an oval shape, so instead of having the guns facing outwards, you have two slightly turned to each other – that way you have a bigger Beaten Zone. So often you’ll get players asking, what’s that machine gun doing up there? And actually, it’s doing its job because you want the fire to be coming in from the flank, so the Beaten Zones cross. The Germans worked it out in the first world war. That’s why we lost so many soldiers at battles like Passchendaele.

You’ve also talked a lot about ensuring a lived-in look for the vehicles, and about how tanks end up being heavily customised by their crews…
Yeah, I mean, people live in them! They customise them as much as possible. If they can get hold of a barbecue, they’ll stick it on there. Some crews, certainly in Iraq, they were nicking air conditioning units and trying to rig them up in the tanks. They plug in their iPods. That’s their home. Even in mechanised battalions, in Warriors and all that, they’ll get as much of their equipment as they can on the outside, to make sure they can make the inside more comfortable. Everyone wants chargers for their phones in there! And there are mugs everywhere because they’re continually getting brews on….

There’s a lot of cynicism among the soldiers in Battlefield 3 – they’re often very sceptical, even sarcastic, about their mission objectives. Is that realistic?
Yes, I think it’s in every soldier’s job description! They’ve always got to moan, they’ve always got to be saying, ‘what the fuck’s he on about… oh well, we’ll get on and do it’. It’s not all, ‘yeah, let’s go!’. It’s not like that, people aren’t like that. Everyone just takes the piss out of each other all the time. When they’re not taking the piss is when you’ve got to worry.

The multiplayer element of Battlefield 3 really highlights the importance of good communications between infantry and air force. Is that realistic?
There are occasions where infantry just talk directly to the pilots. There are voice procedures, but if you’ve got a guy on the ground screaming for support, the pilot can just say “Shut up, where are you, what can you see? Mark it for me.” Then they come in and say “Right. I’ve got it.”

But there is a lot of chaos and confusion?
Yes, and I’ve explained that to the team. With the night mission in Tehran, when you’re coming in to the city, I spent ages talking to them about the light flares and what they do as they descend – the shadows they cast, the usual confusion… we’ve played around with that a lot.

Can I ask you quickly, as a security adviser, what do you think about the current situation in the Middle East and North Africa? Did anyone see the Arab spring and the fall of Gaddafi coming?
No. There’s this thing called “the future character of conflict”, and both in the commercial military world and the state military world missed all this, it didn’t hit anyone’s radar. If anything, people were getting more concerned about central Asia. It remains to be seen whether this is all a good thing. I think everyone is relieved that Gaddafi is dead rather than going to the ICC – no one wanted him there. Why would they? It would give him a voice. Now it’s cut, it’s done, he’s dead.

Now it’s about keeping out of the way of the NTC, because there’s that void to fill – they have to manage themselves. As soon as it was over, they were saying, “OK Nato, out!.” That’s the right way to do it. It’s been about mentoring the NTC. They’ve got to be in charge of their own destiny. You don’t want the Europeans stomping around out there.

If you were still in active service with the SAS, where do you think you would be now?
In Afghanistan probably, in a task force there. Since November, most of the Nato special forces have been all about malleting the leadership of the Taliban. The process of transition has begun in the country; the Afghan national army control Kabul now and have actually been quite successful. So the plan is to remove the hardcore leadership of the Taliban so you’re left with people who you can negotiate with. I was out there just before Cameron in November last year and I got a brief that the task forces had malleted about 1,400 Taliban in a 90-day period. It was a huge operation. That’s what it’s all about – the run up to the point at which combat troops are withdrawn; they’re going no matter what – late 2014, probably 2015. They will go, because it will be election time.

So where do you think the next conflict hotspots will be for western powers?
There are many of them – and again it’s about assessing the future character of conflict. What all military forces do is assess energy and food security and the routes to and from trade partners. Food and water, we’re all right on, so it’ll be energy and trade routes – conflicts on the east and west coasts of Africa, possibly. The Americans, I think, still have an aircraft carrier fleet off the west coast protecting that flank. Our energy out of north Africa seems pretty secure now, it’s the east and west coast that might be problem…

Battlefield 3 is released on Friday for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360.

 

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Science fiction opens up the universe

July 14, 2011

Saturn

Science fiction has always fascinated me because technology has even us the opportunity to convert those ideas into reality. Does the universe hold of God’s presence?  Whether or not it can prove the existence of God or a god-like entity is yet to be discovered.

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Powered by Guardian.co.ukThis article titled “Science fiction opens up the universe” was written by Ken MacLeod, for guardian.co.uk on Thursday 14th July 2011 10.46 UTC

The question: What can science fiction tell us about God?

A character in my novel, Learning the World, parodies a certain kind of philosophical argument: “From the principle of plenitude, we conclude that God would have created aliens. From the Fermi Paradox, we conclude that if there are aliens, they would be here. But there are no aliens. Therefore God does not exist. Discuss.”

This is a joke, of course, but the principle of plenitude – that God would have created all he could have created – was once a hot topic, of science as much as of religion. On 30 June the popular SF website io9.com ran a fascinating article, titled: Cosmic pluralism: How Christianity briefly conquered the solar system. In the 18th and 19th centuries, many astronomers were persuaded, by this very theological argument, that just about every cosmic body was inhabited by rational beings. Theologians, likewise, were persuaded by astronomers that the scale of the universe was, well, astronomical, and that Christians had better take this into account – particularly as deists such as Thomas Paine were using the plurality of worlds as an argument against Christianity: “The two beliefs can not be held together in the same mind; and he who thinks that he believes both, has thought but little of either.”

Paine’s thrust was parried by theologians including, surprisingly perhaps, some who might now be considered fundamentalist evangelicals: the great Scottish churchman Thomas Chalmers (1780-1847) warily admitted the possibility of intelligent beings elsewhere, while the more exuberant but no less orthodox Rev Thomas Dick (1774-1857) estimated that Saturn’s rings sustained 8,141,963,826,080 souls. We may charitably attribute the precision to a rounding error.

These debates make a poignant contrast with their like today. Theology’s relationship to science has become damage limitation rather than enthusiastic embrace. One factor in this change has been not geology or Darwin – which the 19th century churches assimilated within months of the Origin‘s publication – but the ever-widening influence of science fiction.

This isn’t because SF writers are atheist – most aren’t – or because SF is explicitly atheistic in its texts or subtexts. It’s because SF dramatises life in the universe that science has discovered: a universe vast, ancient and indifferent. That discovered universe, and its so-called laws of nature, precisely fit the slot in the human mind once occupied by another infinite, omnipresent, and all-powerful reality: God. And as Spinoza well understood, one infinite reality leaves no room for another. Science fiction is almost the only way that recognition of this vast non-human reality impinges on literature and the arts. In mainstream fiction, unless the plot requires Australia, the Earth might as well be flat. If science is the theology of nature – with the wilder reaches of physics standing in for its scholastic philosophy – SF is its mythology, its folklore, its peasant superstition. Television, film, anime and computer games supply the statues and holy pictures, which (this time) really do move.

SF does more than popularise the natural sciences: it does the same for the similarly subversive discoveries of anthropology and psychology, teaching cultural relativism as much as physical relativity. For a readership mainly – though no longer exclusively – among the colonisers rather than the colonised, it compels at least some recognition of what it would be like for the boot to be on the other foot, or to encounter a completely different set of moral and religious beliefs among people you could hardly dismiss as “primitive” (eg because they have starships, and you have not). Imaginary alien theologies may not trouble sophisticated theologians, but I still remember how, as a nominally devout teenager, they troubled me.

Perhaps one way forward, as congruent with religion as with science, would be to take the plurality of worlds and the apparent absence of intelligent life thereon as an absent or hidden God’s way of telling us something. The various bodies of the solar system and indeed the universe may be uninhabited, but that’s only because God, or Nature, has left it up to us to fill them. In another century, the rings of Saturn may be singing with trillions of electronic intelligences. The Christian cosmic pluralists’ principle of plenitude would then turn out to have been right, but only because we were the intelligences that chose to make it so. Discuss.

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Frank Miller’s Holy Terror sends superhero to battle al-Qaida

June 29, 2011

Frank Miller's Holy Terror

Move over Batman,Superman,Hulk…there’s a new superhero in town…and he’s taking out the garbage…al-Qaida garbage that is….introducing “The Fixer” …a comic book creation by Frank Miller ….should be interesting to see when it hits the news-stand….The Fixer will show no mercy…

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A “hard-edged” new superhero, The Fixer, is set to take on al-Qaida in acclaimed comic book author Frank Miller’s latest outing, the “gut-wrenching” graphic novel Holy Terror.

Set for release around the tenth anniversary of 9/11, the long-awaited comic – “a dark, uncompromising superhero tale for the modern era”, according to its publisher – was originally intended to feature Batman taking on the terrorist group, and was called Holy Terror, Batman! “Superman punched out Hitler. So did Captain America. That’s one of the things they’re there for … It is, not to put too fine a point on it, a piece of propaganda,” Miller said in 2006 at a comic convention where he described the book as “a reminder to people who seem to have forgotten who we’re up against”.

But the author of The Dark Knight Returns and 300 told the LA Times’s Hero Complex blog last year that he had “decided partway through” that the graphic novel was not a Batman story. “The hero is much closer to ‘Dirty Harry’ than Batman. It’s a new hero that I’ve made up that fights al-Qaida,” he said. Told in the author’s iconic black-and-white style made famous by his Sin City series, Holy Terror “seizes the political zeitgeist by the throat and doesn’t let go until the last page”, according to its publisher Legendary Comics , a subsidiary of Legendary Films.

Miller said The Fixer was “very much an adventurer who’s been essentially searching for a mission”. He told the LA Times that he was “very different than Batman in that he’s not a tortured soul”. Instead, “he’s a much more well-adjusted creature even though he happens to shoot 100 people in the course of the story”.

“He’s been trained as special ops and when his city is attacked all of a sudden all the pieces fall into place and all this training comes into play. He’s been out there fighting crime without really having his heart in it – he does it to keep in shape,” said Miller. “It began as my reaction to 9/11 and it was an extremely angry piece of work and as the years have passed by I’ve done movies and I’ve done other things and time has provided some good distance, so it becomes more of a cohesive story as it progresses. The Fixer has also become his own character in a way I’ve really enjoyed. No one will read this and think, ‘Where’s Batman?’ … My guy carries a couple of guns and is up against an existential threat. He’s not just up against a goofy villain. Ignoring an enemy that’s committed to our annihilation is kind of silly. It just seems that chasing the Riddler around seems silly compared to what’s going on out there. I’ve taken Batman as far as he can go.”

The 120-page Holy Terror is due out on 14 September.

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Final hours of Spanish poet Federico García Lorca revealed

June 26, 2011

Museum dedicated to Federico Garcia, Granada, Spain  - 20 Nov 2008

The thought that a poet would be among those executed by firing squad makes me sick to the stomach. But its refreshing to know that after so much time, there are those motivated enough to uncover the truth behind this unnecessary killing of a great poet.

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One of the great mysteries of Spain’s recent history may have been solved by a local historian from the southern city of Granada, who claims to have found the real grave of the executed playwright and poet Federico García Lorca.

Miguel Caballero Pérez spent three years sifting through police and military archives to piece together the last 13 hours of the life of the author of Blood Wedding, Yerma and The House of Bernarda Alba, who was shot by a right-wing firing squad early in the Spanish civil war.

He now claims to have identified the half-dozen career policemen and volunteers who formed the firing squad that shot Lorca and three other prisoners, as well as the burial site. And he blames Lorca’s death on the long-running political and business rivalry between some of Granada’s wealthiest families – including his father’s own García clan.

“I decided to research archive material rather than gather more oral testimony because that is where the existing confusion comes from – with so many supposed witnesses inventing things,” explained Caballero, who has published his results in a Spanish book called The Last 13 Hours of García Lorca.

Caballero said his original intention had been to verify information gathered in the 1960s by a Spanish journalist, Eduardo Molina Fajardo, who was also a member of the far-right Falange organisation that supported the dictator General Francisco Franco.

“Because of his own political stance, Molina Fajardo had access to people who were happy to tell him the truth,” said Caballero. “The archives bear out most of what he said, so it is reasonable to suppose he was also right about the place Lorca was buried.”

That spot was said to be a trench dug by someone seeking water in an area of open countryside near a farm called Cortijo de Gazpacho, between the villages of Viznar and Alfacar. The zone is only half a kilometre from the spot identified by historian Ian Gibson in 1971 – which was controversially dug up in 2009, but where no bones were found.

“The new place makes sense because it is far enough from the villages to be out of eyesight and earshot, but you can also get there by car – as they would have needed headlights to shoot people at night,” said Caballero. Caballero took a water diviner to the area, who employed the same divining technique using a twig that was common in Lorca’s time. He detected a possible underwater stream. “It is reasonable, then, to suppose that someone might have dug a trench here looking for streams just below the surface,” said Caballero.

An archaeologist, Javier Navarro, has identified a dip in the ground that could indicate a grave. “It is by no means unreasonable to think there is a grave there,” said Navarro, who has found half a dozen civil war mass graves in other parts of Spain. “It would be very easy to find out. You only have to scrape away about 40cm of topsoil for an experienced archaeologist to say if the earth has been dug up before.”

The half dozen men who formed the firing squad shot hundreds of suspected leftwingers in the summer of 1936, with Lorca just one of them. They were given a bonus of 500 pesetas and promoted as a reward for carrying out the dirty work of the nationalist forces of the future dictator, Franco. “I call them the ‘executioners’ rather than the ‘murderers’ because, while some were volunteers, others were career policemen who risked being shot themselves if they refused,” said Caballero. One was said to have complained that the job “was driving him mad”. Some of the squad probably did not even know who Lorca was. “These were not the sort of people who read poetry. Lorca’s work was largely read by the elites,” he said. “They would have been more interested in the two anarchists shot with him, who had a reputation for being very dangerous.” But both the firing squad commander, a stern 53-year-old policeman called Mariano Ajenjo, and a volunteer member called Antonio Benavides – who was a relative of the first wife of Lorca’s father – would have known who he was. “I gave that fat-head a shot in the head,” Benavides reportedly boasted later.

The rightwing Roldán family, political rivals of Lorca’s father, had persuaded the city’s pro-Franco authorities to arrest and shoot the poet. A member of the Roldán clan, Benavides, formed part of the firing squad. One of his cousins was the model for a rogue character in The House of Bernardo Alba, finished a few months earlier, in which Lorca deliberately took aim at the rival Alba family. “They were angry with the father and took their revenge on the son,” said Caballero.

Apart from Benavides, none of the firing squad seemed proud of what they had done. “They didn’t speak to their families about all this. They are remembered as loving grandfathers who were silent about the civil war,” said Caballero.

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Stephen King returns to the Dark Tower

June 16, 2011

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If you are a Stephen King fan as I am, then the lastest news about a “Dark Tower”  novel to be release next year is great news. The only regret is that I have to wait until next year to read it. Stephen…please write faster..!

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Horror author Stephen King is set to return to the world of his bestselling fantasy series, the Dark Tower books, in a new novel out next year.

Just acquired by UK publisher Hodder & Stoughton, The Wind Through the Keyhole is set between the fourth and fifth books in the Dark Tower series, and addresses the “hole in the narrative progression”, as King himself put it, between “what happened to Roland, Jake, Eddie, Susannah, and Oy [when] they leave the Emerald City (the end of Wizard and Glass) and the time we pick them up again, on the outskirts of Calla Bryn Sturgis (the beginning of Wolves of the Calla)”.

Hodder will publish the novel, which King said was shorter than the 700-plus paged final books in the series, but “quite a bit longer” than the 300- paged first volume, next spring. His UK editor, Philippa Pride, said it would be a “wonderful reunion” for current fans of the series, while “for readers who have yet to embark, it is a delightful way into the series as the novel stands perfectly alone – a story within a story – and features both the older Roland and the younger”.

King revealed that he started thinking – “and dreaming” – about Mid-World, where the books are set, while he was “worrying over the copyedited manuscript” of his next book 11/22/63, which involves time travel and JFK.

“There was a storm, I decided. One of sudden and vicious intensity. The kind to which billy-bumblers like Oy are particularly susceptible. Little by little, a story began to take shape,” he said. “I saw a line of riders, one of them Roland’s old mate, Jamie DeCurry, emerging from clouds of alkali dust thrown by a high wind. I saw a severed head on a fencepost. I saw a swamp full of dangers and terrors. I saw just enough to want to see the rest. Long story short, I went back to visit an-tet with my friends for a while. The result is a novel called The Wind Through the Keyhole … Call this one DT-4.5. It’s not going to change anybody’s life, but God, I had fun.”

King’s agent, Chuck Verill, said the book was “fabulous, and should be wholly satisfying to both Dark Tower cognoscenti and newcomers who are bound to be drawn in”.

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Digested read: Only Time Will Tell by Jeffrey Archer

May 16, 2011

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Funny stuff and entertaining to read ….

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Powered by Guardian.co.ukThis article titled “Digested read: Only Time Will Tell by Jeffrey Archer” was written by John Crace, for The Guardian on Monday 16th May 2011 20.30 UTC

Maisie Clifton 1919 I had always planned to lose my virginity to fiance Arthur Clifton in Weston-super-Mare, under the blue plaque that said “Jeffrey Archer lived here”. But then he got drunk in the pub and another man I recognised came along and I thought,”Why not?” As you do. I got pregnant, but I didn’t think it would matter as I was marrying Arthur the following month.

Harry Clifton 1920-33 We’ve all been told to write the first part of our chapters in the first person and in a different font. None of us thinks it adds anything to the story but Jeff insists it’s a brilliant literary device.

Harry was a working-class lad with a heart of gold and his working-class Mum worked all hours in Mrs Tilly’s teashop to feed him. When he was small, he aspired to nothing more than a job in Barrington’s shipyard where his father had once worked, but then he met Old Jack Tar who told him he was very clever and had a nice singing voice, so he won a choral scholarship to St Bede’s. There he was bullied by everyone except Giles Barrington, the nice-but-dim son of the shipyard owner who befriended him, though Giles’s father hated Harry on sight. For no apparent reason, Giles started shoplifting. Harry put everything back to protect him, but was blamed for it. Luckily, Giles owned up, so Harry could go to Bristol grammar school after all.

Maisie Clifton 1920-36 I had always suspected the wealthy baddy, Hugo Barrington was Harry’s father and had mysteriously killed Arthur two years later, but I couldn’t prove it.

Maisie worked long and hard at Mrs Tilly’s teashop to make ends meet, but you already know that, though I’m afraid you’re going to have to get used to a lot of repetition in these parallel narratives. Maisie eventually bought the shop and after a lot of hard work, it made a profit. Then it burned down and she had to give nearly all the insurance money to Hugo Barrington who had, unknown to her, put up capital, so she was broke again. But she vowed to do anything she could to pay Harry’s school fees.

Hugo Barrington 1921-36 I’ve always been a bad egg and when I saw that slut Maisie we both understood I had droit de seigneur. I couldn’t help it that her husband was killed. Honest.

It had been Hugo’s idea to expand the business into shipbuilding and the first project was losing money. So when Hugo heard that Arthur Clifton was trapped working inside, he decided to let him die there to save the bother of opening the hull. Obviously no one thought of opening the hull to look for Arthur, because in Jeffworld the Barringtons could fix everything. Since then Hugo had done everything he could to make sure his illegitimate son, Harry, never inherited his fortune.

Old Jack Tar 1925-36 I’m the mysterious sage who turns up in all Jeff’s books. Like Jeff, I won the VC and have secretly helped everyone in the world, but I’m not that important to the story.

Old Jack Tar was an absurd character so no reader took him seriously.

Giles Barrington 1936-8 I’m hoping to go up to Oxford to play cricket with Jeff if my best friend Harry can pull off a few clever wheezes to get me in.

Giles had nothing else to say.

Emma Barrington 1932-9 I’ve loved Harry ever since I first met him when he was four and Giles brought him to our palace. Daddy hated him though, but now we’re getting married.

It was in Italy that Emma decided to surrender her virginity to Harry. “I can’t,” he had said, “my mother is working as a prostitute.” “I don’t mind,” Emma had gasped, “she’s only doing it to pay for you to go to Oxford.” Several weeks later the cathedral was full as Harry and Emma were about to take their vows. Maisie and Hugo were completely untroubled by the fact that the couple were probably half-brother and sister as they were both colour-blind like all the Barringtons, and it was Old Jack Tar who had the wedding halted.

Harry Clifton 1939-40 I didn’t really care about being closely related to Emma but it seemed good form to give us both a bit of space till the brouhaha died down, so I joined the navy.

On the very first day of the war, Harry’s ship was sunk. Everyone but Harry was killed and when he was picked up by an American boat he decided it was obviously a good idea to switch identity with one of the Americans who had been killed. “I’m Bradshaw,” Harry announced. “Then we’re arresting you,” the authorities replied, “for the murder of the English language.”

Digested read, digested: There’s worse to come.

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JK Rowling reveals her favourite Harry Potter character

May 16, 2011

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If you are a Harry Potter fan…then you should read the article below…go JK

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She caused a scandal when she killed him off at the end of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, but Albus Dumbledore is still the character JK Rowling would most like to have dinner with, the bestselling children’s author has revealed.

As her publisher Bloomsbury launched a global search to find the world’s favourite Harry Potter character, Rowling said that her own most-favoured creation is the lightning-scarred young Harry himself. “I believe I am unusual in this, Ron is generally more popular (I love him too, though),” said the author. “Now that I have finished writing the books, the character I would most like to meet for dinner is Dumbledore. We would have a lot to discuss, and I would love his advice; I think that everyone would like a Dumbledore in their lives.”

The author has said in the past that Hermione Granger resembles her the most. “I have often said that Hermione is a bit like me when I was younger,” she writes on her website. “I think I was seen by other people as a right little know-it-all, but I hope that it is clear that underneath Hermione’s swottiness there is a lot of insecurity and a great fear of failure (as shown by her Boggart in Prisoner of Azkaban).”

From Severus Snape to the Dark Lord Voldemort himself, Bloomsbury has pulled together a list of 40 characters from the Harry Potter books and is asking fans to vote online for their favourite. If, among assorted Weasleys, Potters and Malfoys, elves and owls, a character is found to be missing, then readers can ask for it to be added to the list. The poll opens on 16 May and runs until 26 August, with the winning character to be unveiled on 30 August.

The Harry Potter books have sold more than 400m copies worldwide, said Bloomsbury, and have been translated into 69 languages.

Your favourite Harry Potter characters

Brittany:
My most favorite character is Luna Lovegood. I love her unique quirkiness throughout the last books of the series. I also admire her loyalty to Harry Potter and the way she fights for what she believes in.

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Notes for parents and guardians

March 2, 2011

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A great site to get children to read more books and involving the parents to sign up and involve themselves with their children. Broaden the minds of children…encourage reading…

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This article titled “Notes for parents and guardians” was written by Michelle Pauli, editor, for guardian.co.uk on Wednesday 2nd March 2011 11.51 UTC

This site is all about children – it’s their space to review and discuss books and generally get involved in all things literary. But that doesn’t mean that there is no place for parents and guardians.

For a start, you need to give your permission for your child to get involved in the site. It’s just one of the safeguards we’ve put in place to keep the site safe, and you can find out more about how we protect our community in the parents’ section of the FAQs. There is also information on that page about our advertising and editorial policy. If any of your questions are not answered there then please send in your query to childrens.books@guardian.co.uk.

There are also lots of ways you can access information and advice on how to help your child choose books and read for pleasure.

The site’s books doctor, Julia Eccleshare, welcomes questions about books and reading from parents as well as children – find her section of the site here.

Guardian and Observer reviews are a great way to discover the best new children’s books, for all ages. These reviews can be found here.

Classics also make up a vital part of any child’s literary education and we’ve got a whole section on how to build a library for your child, from picture books to teen novels. The series can be found here.

The main Guardian books site also covers books for children and teens and all those interviews, videos, galleries and blogposts live here.

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Catcher in the Rye sequel might just be a good idea

January 13, 2011

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If you’ve ever wondered what happened next to the young Holden Caulfield, wonder no longer: you’ll shortly be able to find out – unless you’re American, of course. Swedish author Frederick Colting’s highly unofficial sequel to JD Salinger’s classic The Catcher in the Rye has been blocked from release in the US and Canada, though rights to 60 Years Later: Coming Through the Rye have apparently already been sold in six countries.

It’s a curious thing when contemporary authors take classic or much-loved books and write a sequel, authorised or not. But it’s a brave, foolhardy – perhaps money-grubbing – author who takes on characters with a huge global following, and tries to craft a sequel to another writer’s great work.

Yet unofficial sequels abound. We probably don’t need to do anything more than mention in passing the recent fad for inserting zombies, sea monsters and vampires into Jane Austen and Brontë works. But the Janeite website pemberley.com lists dozens of less-fantastical novels written as continuations of Emma, Mansfield Park and Sense and Sensibility.

Why would any novelist worth their salt choose to pick up where someone else left off? On the one hand, of course, there’ll be a lot of interest from aficionados of the source material. On the other, isn’t it part of a novelist’s job to create characters? And isn’t using someone else’s characters and situations for your own novels ultimately little more than fan fiction given the legitimising sheen of publication?

Maybe. But it is the case that some sequels have achieved literary success on their own merit. The best-known example is Jean Rhys’s 1966 novel Wide Sargasso Sea, which acts as a prequel to Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre – although Rhys’s success is perhaps down to her not simply continuing a main character’s story, but delving instead into the “unknown life” of a secondary character – in this case, Brontë’s famous “madwoman in the attic”. Another good example might be Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca, which spawned two well-received follow-ups. Mrs De Winter, by Woman In Black author Susan Hill came out in 1993 while Sally Beauman’s Rebecca’s Tale – featuring efforts to unpick the circumstances of the character’s death many years before – was published in 2001.

Sometimes an author’s creation, be it a character or a concept, so far transcends its origins that it almost becomes fair game. Take, for example, HG Wells’s The Time Machine. Because the “big idea” that it put forward was so new and exciting, subsequent authors writing on time travel felt it only right that their own work in the sub-genre should give a nod to Wells, either by using his characters or riffing on his visions of the future.

And then there are the characters who become bigger than their books. Those who have made the crossover into movies, especially, become well-known even to people who have never so much as glanced at the source material. People who might not know, for example, that James Bond was a literary creation years before he became a star of bank holiday telly. Since Ian Fleming wrote his last Bond novel in 1966, the 007 myth has been continued in print by writers as diverse as Kingsley Amis, Charlie Higson and Sebastian Faulks – and, coming up in May this year, thriller writer Jeffrey Deaver.

Which brings me to Shibumi – a 1979 novel by Rodney William Whitaker, who wrote under the pseudonym Trevanian and also penned The Eiger Sanction. An old paperback of Shibumi was given to me by a friend who many years ago made it his mission to disseminate esoteric books. I was immediately hooked. Shibumi’s one of those odd books, a work of beautiful zen genius masquerading as a lurid, cheap-looking thriller.

Shibumi is about Nicholai Hel – an international jet-set assassin with an incisive mind, a master of the ancient strategy game Go, a lover and a fighter, who could out-spy Bond and Jason Bourne together. I wanted to be Nicholai Hel when I grew up – still do, in fact. Hel was ripe for a series, a movie franchise, action figures, the works. But Shibumi never really achieved more than cult status, and Trevanian died in 2005. Nicholai Hel never came back.

Until now. A few weeks ago I received an advance copy of a book by a thriller writer called Don Winslow. I’d heard the name, but never read anything of his before – I don’t really do conventional thrillers. Then I picked up the press release. Winslow’s book, Satori, is a sequel to Shibumi.

I didn’t know whether to be ecstatic or horrified. I read it carefully at first, hyper-critically. I read it not wanting to like it, which is a strange way to approach a book, I know. But as I read on, I realised I loved it. The spirit of the original was there, the characters were bang on, the novels flowed almost seamlessly into each other. And, by the end, I found that I no longer considered that I was reading a Don Winslow follow-up to a Trevanian novel. I was reading a Nicholai Hel novel.

And that, pretty much, is as good as any writer who takes on another author’s babies needs to be. Maybe America should give a septuagenarian Holden Caulfield a chance.

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On the trail of Hunter S Thompson in Puerto Rico

January 1, 2011

Old San Juan is the setting for Hunter S Thompson’s The Rum Diary, now a film starring Johnny Depp. We find out whether that rum-sodden 1950s atmosphere survives in the modern capital


Students Complete Medical Tourism Course

December 29, 2010

  

Congratulations to the  students completing the Medical Tourism Course offered by DHU.

Dr Anthony taught and developed the curriculum. The Medical Tourism Course gave a better

understanding about global medical tourism and what to expect from this industry in the near future. Many countries

are now offering medical procedures at substantial savings to the customer/patient.  Many medical procedures not being properly covered by private insurance are now being offered by countries like Korea, Thailand, India, Philippines, etc to meet increase demands from prospective clients.

 

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