LIMIT by Frank Schatzing

This book, nay, this tome of delight is the second by Frank Schatzing and it represents not only a stylistic hot bed of the most up to date cutting edge thoughts and current theory in science as it pertains to space exploration, mining, the space race, socio economics on a global scale, the Chinese government and its nefarious side and even the tricky shadow side to politics with an action story that builds, crests and keeps coming after 1300 pages!

I was literally spellbound by this work of art.  The last book to have me so engaged would have had to have been either The Lord of the Rings Trilogy or Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jonathan_Strange_%26_Mr_Norrell)

Lastly, taken from the book itself to give you the true depth of this genius:

[LIMIT] Frank Schätzing

But transition had never gone smoothly, never in history. Not in the Cambrian epoch, not in the Ordovincian, the Denovian, not at the end of the Permian, Triassic, or Cretaceous, and not in the upper Pleistocene either. That was when a new species called mankind appeared, a self-aware creature who added war and economic crisis to the catalogue of boundary events that already included volcanic eruption, meteorites, ice ages, and epidemics. So the brave new world of clean fusion came hand in hand with a full blown global economic crisis, wether the heralds of a new dawn liked it or not.

“Do you realize the term zi you was only exported to China in the middle of the nineteenth century.” Tu continued obstinately, “Five thousand years of Chinese history weren’t enough to create it, nor were they enough for min zhu, democracy, or ren quan, human rights. But what does zi you mean? To stay true to yourself. To make you and your point of view the starting point for everything you do, not the dogma of how the masses think and feel….”.

“There are things you can do about everything these days.” – Surgeon, Frank Schatzener LIMIT

 

Enough talk, go read.

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World War Z by Max Brooks – Audio Book

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Keeping in my Zombie Vein, I recently downloaded World War Z.  Having been thoroughly engrossed by the fantastic job Hollywood has done with editing the trailer for the movie featuring Brad Pitt, I decided to try my hand at the audiobook from Random House publishing.

The book is read with a cast of characters including the author M.r Brooks himself, Alana Alda, Henry Rollins [BLACK FLAG!] and of course – Luke Skywalker [Mark Hammil] and others who do a positively stunning performance.  Further, the book they are reading is absolutely wonderful.

Not only is it written well and from an original and unique view point, BUT, it has so many allusions to the world that we currently live in, so very man comments on our society, so cunningly woven in to the take that it is an absolute delight to read.

Lastlty, we are reading from the after math of the Zombie war, and it appears that we have done O.K., which, is always a great way to end something if I am reading it, or in this case, having it read to me.

Aloha!

carl hiassen skinny dip book cover

carl hiassen skinny dip book coverThis is the man who writes the books that make life a little easier to bear as they take the real world, make it into a funny story to slip it past your defenses and teach you the inner workings you have been so desperately trying to remain ignorant of in the process.

Enjoy, he’s a rad writer, a genius of a man and is quite photogenic to boot!

Carl-Hiassen-From the interview with the Smithsonian:

As a Miami Herald columnist and the author of a dozen satirical novels, including the forthcoming Star Island, Carl Hiaasen has compiled a body of work populated by venal real estate developers, crooked politicians, environmental zealots, dead tourists, ambitious strippers and numbskull lowlifes. He says that as nonfiction has gotten stranger than fiction, it’s become harder for a satirist to stay ahead of “the curve of human weirdness. America is becoming more like South Florida every day, which is terrifying.” Hiaasen, 57, divides his time between Vero Beach and the Florida Keys. He spoke with senior editor T. A. Frail by phone.

Isn’t it possible we could just get off the weirdness curve and return to a more civilized state?
No, it’s not. When I go out and give speeches, the title of my speech is “The Case Against Intelligent Design.” And I base it strictly on what I’ve observed here in Florida, which is that the human race is actually de-evolving, that we are moving backward on the evolutionary scale. If you picked the headlines from the five largest newspapers in Florida every day, you could make a very solid case that the human race was slipping backward into the primal ooze. The species has not been elevated by much of what’s happened in the last 30 or 40 years. And obviously, it’s not just in Florida. The sort of thing that used to happen only in fiction can hardly compare to what’s in the news today. The reality of our current politics and the economic meltdown—that’s straight out of Tom Wolfe.

What fresh outrages do you fear are going to happen in the next 40 years?
For one thing, the level of political discourse will only get nastier. The Supreme Court’s decision to let corporations pour as much money as they want directly into political advertising—and do it anonymously—is toxic to the whole democratic process. From now on, it’s basically going to be all the free speech that money can buy.

Do you see an antidote?
Public outrage is the best antidote, because it often leads to change. But people can’t get outraged without rapid access to solid, useful information—what we used to call journalism. There’s so much garbage being disguised as fact and so many gasbags posing as sages; somebody has to cut through the crap. That’s the job of reporters, and their job will be more important than at any time in history. There’s been this great lamentation about the end of newspapers as we know them, the end of the era of the paper hitting your doorstep in the morning, but I don’t think the language or the craft of writing is dying. In the next 40 years, there’s going to be a larger demand than ever for people who can communicate with the written word, whatever format it takes. I don’t think there’s ever been a greater need for people to be able to write at a functional level, whether they’re tapping on their computer keyboard or on their iPhone.

Read more: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/specialsections/40th-anniversary/Carl-Hiaasen-on-Human-Weirdness.html#ixzz25LT5kAPL

carl hiassen skinny dip book cover

carl hiassen skinny dip book coverThis is the man who writes the books that make life a little easier to bear as they take the real world, make it into a funny story to slip it past your defenses and teach you the inner workings you have been so desperately trying to remain ignorant of in the process.

Enjoy, he’s a rad writer, a genius of a man and is quite photogenic to boot!

Carl-Hiassen-From the interview with the Smithsonian:

As a Miami Herald columnist and the author of a dozen satirical novels, including the forthcoming Star Island, Carl Hiaasen has compiled a body of work populated by venal real estate developers, crooked politicians, environmental zealots, dead tourists, ambitious strippers and numbskull lowlifes. He says that as nonfiction has gotten stranger than fiction, it’s become harder for a satirist to stay ahead of “the curve of human weirdness. America is becoming more like South Florida every day, which is terrifying.” Hiaasen, 57, divides his time between Vero Beach and the Florida Keys. He spoke with senior editor T. A. Frail by phone.

Isn’t it possible we could just get off the weirdness curve and return to a more civilized state?
No, it’s not. When I go out and give speeches, the title of my speech is “The Case Against Intelligent Design.” And I base it strictly on what I’ve observed here in Florida, which is that the human race is actually de-evolving, that we are moving backward on the evolutionary scale. If you picked the headlines from the five largest newspapers in Florida every day, you could make a very solid case that the human race was slipping backward into the primal ooze. The species has not been elevated by much of what’s happened in the last 30 or 40 years. And obviously, it’s not just in Florida. The sort of thing that used to happen only in fiction can hardly compare to what’s in the news today. The reality of our current politics and the economic meltdown—that’s straight out of Tom Wolfe.

What fresh outrages do you fear are going to happen in the next 40 years?
For one thing, the level of political discourse will only get nastier. The Supreme Court’s decision to let corporations pour as much money as they want directly into political advertising—and do it anonymously—is toxic to the whole democratic process. From now on, it’s basically going to be all the free speech that money can buy.

Do you see an antidote?
Public outrage is the best antidote, because it often leads to change. But people can’t get outraged without rapid access to solid, useful information—what we used to call journalism. There’s so much garbage being disguised as fact and so many gasbags posing as sages; somebody has to cut through the crap. That’s the job of reporters, and their job will be more important than at any time in history. There’s been this great lamentation about the end of newspapers as we know them, the end of the era of the paper hitting your doorstep in the morning, but I don’t think the language or the craft of writing is dying. In the next 40 years, there’s going to be a larger demand than ever for people who can communicate with the written word, whatever format it takes. I don’t think there’s ever been a greater need for people to be able to write at a functional level, whether they’re tapping on their computer keyboard or on their iPhone.

Read more: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/specialsections/40th-anniversary/Carl-Hiaasen-on-Human-Weirdness.html#ixzz25LT5kAPL

The Books that made this trip thus far and how they ineract with each other=)

Bill Bryson – A Short History of Nearly Everything

In which Mr. Bryson brings us up to speed on the cumulative efforst of Science and those responsible, reads like a very good novel and puts it “all” in perspective….  Could be read with…

Jared Diamond – Guns, Germs, and Steel

I have only just begun this book, written in a much more studious style than Mr. Bryson, in which the focus is on human development and how who conquered who did so and the best and most logical reason for why, as i said, I have only just begun, so, finish this later=)

Piers Anthony – GeoOddyssey, a series,

Here Mr. Anthony takes all the knowledge which Bill Bryson expounded on in regard to human development, begins and ends each chapter with the science and in between writes a story that takes you through the ages of man as it most likely wold have been played out based on our knowledge of our interpretation of the fossil record.

Could be read with, but only if you are looking to see why “the MaN” is doing what it is doing, and how it is done…

John Berger – Ways of Seeing

In which we are taken through time at the rise of materialism and how it is brought to the masses and sold to us en masse, EXTREMELY POINGANT and succinct.

Lao Tsu – Tao Te Ching

Explains the nature of things by pointing in their direction, acknowledges from page one, line one that to describe is impossible, religion without dogma, if one believes in the nature of things….  this is what started me on my path, actually, was the “Tao of Pooh”, purchased while in the Navy in Singapore.

Christopher Moore – Lamb, The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal

As to whether it is fictitious or happens to be as it was, this is a fantastic book that left me quite inspired=)

Ryan Mecum – Zombie Haiku

This is one of the best books I have read in a very long time, since I started reading books.

Erich Fromm – To Have or to BE

A look at how after WWII the American language changed to become that of a materialistic society and at that time how we (America) became a throw away society.

Schopenhauer/Tudor Publishing – The Philosophy of Schopenhauer

Can only be explained by reading it

Voltaire – Candide

Same as above – some things are best read and not explained

Neil Gaiman – Sandman Series

Follows the spark of the Sandman through time and space, most enlightening…