Saturday, March 19, 2005

Shadow of the Giant
Orson Scott Card

Shadow of the Giant, the exciting conclusion of Orson Scott Card's Shadow Quartet (Ender's Shadow, Shadow of the Hegemon, and Shadow Puppets), completes the epic saga that chronicles the adventures of Julian "Bean" Delphiki and other young military geniuses in the years after they helped save Earth from annihilation.

Very good story - lots of interesting historical and political grist to think about in terms of our own current wars and conflicts. Card is one of those writers (Lois McMaster Bujold is another) about whom I can barely speak, I am so moved by what they write. The depth of Card's stories are to me unfathomable.

Technically it was interesting to see this book "explain" details of the Enderverse, especially the creation of Jane, and the nature of the colonies spun out from Earth. A rewarding book to read, and one to look forward to re-reading!

Friday, March 18, 2005

The Question of God: C.S. Lewis and Sigmund Freud Debate God, Love, Sex, and the Meaning of Life
Armand Nicholi

Sigmund Freud and C.S. Lewis never had the pleasure of meeting. But if the two famous men had gotten together, they probably would have intensely debated the existence of God. Here, Armand Nicholi simulates such a discussion, pitting Freud's secularism against the spirituality of Lewis.

A very interesting book, first as an overview of both men, and the important contributions they made to the world of ideas. But secondly, as a way of contrasting two world views - through these significant intellects, it gives a very sharp investigation into what, and why, they believed as they did.

AND, it invites us to think about what and why we believe about ...."The Question of God."