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Review of 'A Manual for Creating Atheists' on 'GoodReads'

2 stars

The idea of a Manual for Creating Atheists intrigued me.

Peter Boghossian explicitly places himself in the tradition of the so-called Four Horsemen of New Atheism. This movement has achieved a reputation of mean-spiritedness and abrasiveness which may be an impediment to proper evangelizing. At some level, Boghossian understands this, as he leaves his rather condescending remarks about religious people out of the actual sample conversations.

Now, the true meat of this book is the suggestion to use Socratic questioning to undermine the foundations of the other party's faith. This certainly seems like a valid and useful technique. Success might be somewhat limited as Boghossian only seems to consider a very narrow set of possibilities of why people believe. There is another case that I have found to be very common, and it is in fact one that Boghossian only treats as a by-product of his street epistemology. It is …

An unexpected offer threatens the bond between Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi as the two …

A good foundation for the Phantom Menace

No rating

Claudia Gray has consistently written some of the best Star Wars novels I have read so far. This is no exception.

I'm really glad to finally see this time period being explored in the new canon. The main focus of the book is the bond between Qui-Gon Jinn and his padawan Obi-Wan Kenobi, which means it provides a good foundation for the Phantom Menace.

Charleston Fancy (2019, Yale University Press) 5 stars

A history of Charleston and its modern day “amateur architects”

5 stars

I've been following the work of George Holt and Andrew Gould for years now. I desired to know more about them and their work than just the blurbs on their websites. This book did not disappoint at all on that front, and I even discovered many more interesting people along the way. On top of that, I got a fascinating overview of Charleston's fascinating (and sometimes problematic) history, with a particular focus on its architecture.

It's of course not just a book about Charleston. It's also a book of the whys and hows of traditional architecture as well the struggles of the New Urbanist movement and amateur architects.

Когда Джин Эрсо было восемь лет, ее мать убили, а отца заставили работать на военную …

Review of 'Звёздные Войны. Путь повстанца' on 'GoodReads'

3 stars

The time spent with Saw Gerrera is pretty engaging, but afterwards the book seems to lose momentum. The remaining plot is pretty episodic.

When Padmé Naberrie, "Queen Amidala" of Naboo, steps down from her position, she is asked …

Review of "Star Wars: Queen's Shadow" on 'GoodReads'

4 stars

While I would have preferred to see Claudia Gray handle the character of Padmé, Johnston still delivered a fairly competent character study. It neatly ties in with Princess of Alderaan. The actual plot is perhaps a tad too dull.

Star Wars Lost Stars (2017, Disney Lucasfilm Press) 4 stars

"The reign of the Galactic Empire has reached the Outer Rim planet of Jelucan, where …

Review of 'Star Wars Lost Stars' on 'GoodReads'

5 stars

This book was recommended to me as “Romeo & Juliet in space” and I was rather hesitant to read it. I shouldn't have been. Like Gray's other book Bloodline, this was probably one of the best Star Wars books I have read so far.

Freakonomics (2007, William Morrow) 4 stars

A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything

Which is more dangerous, a gun …

Review of 'Freakonomics' on 'GoodReads'

No rating

I gained a new appreciation for statistics, even though I was skeptical of some the conclusions the authors reached. This skepticism seems to be validated, looking at other reviews.

Even if not all conclusions are justified, they still are interesting and thought-provoking angles. My way of viewing the world, alas, has not been redefined.