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Aaron joined Annie Bloom's in August 2010. He loves talking to people about books and finding the right one for you.
Great read! A unique voice and eye-opening look at apartheid.
Not since "Devil in the white city" have I been this egaged in a turn of the century true crime book. This time the backdrop is Paris France 1889. It's a time of great change, wonder,fear and fads one of which is the new science of hypnosis. Dabate raged as to weather a person could be compelled thorugh hypnosis to commit crimes or even murder without any free will or the ability to remeber who put them up to it. So starts the tale of a murder, a con man and his young runaway mistress, an international manhunt and the sensatioal trial that followed. On trial was the question: Can hypnosis compell someone to kill and what would that mean to the justace system? even more disturbing would there be armys of the hypnotized overthrowing goverments? Told in a snappy intresting style with all the glitz of the" City of lights" displayed as well as its salacious and dark underside. A great read I highly recomend.
Clever, fun, sexy and I learned a bit about art too! -- Aaron
I really liked this book ,it had just the right blend of urban fantasy & turn of the century historical fiction. Well written and engrossing to the end I highly recommend reading it.
The Dude Abides.
Read this book Before it's too late!! Besides saving your life its also a really funny book too.
I spent some time researching what was described in the book,it just seemed to surreal to be true. I was amazed to find out that truth in this case is as strange as fiction. Think of what it must be like to try and keep your humanity when all your life the state is working to take it from you. That is part of what I found interesting about this book. Western eyes have never seen or experienced the world in the way north Koreans have. This book & others like it that have been published recently I hope will put a face to a people long oppressed who do deserve our compassion and if possible help.
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Basic message of this book can be summed up as " The more things change the more they stay the same." I found it well researched with good arguments to hold it up. Over 2 million people are incarcerated in this country & most are minority's. The reason for that may not be what you expected, agree or not with this book I hope it will make you question & explore this very important issue.
I love this author. His humor is both intelligent and timely. Although most stories were written in the 20th century many work well as allegory's for our times. If you like classic scifi in the vain of the most ironic and humorous Twilight Zone episodes you will love this book of stories.