16 July 2012

Listing of book review posts

In the future my book reviews will be a bigger part of this blog, so I'm starting this post to list them all.  It will be updated as necessary.

The Bible Unearthed (2001) by Israel Finkelstein and Neil Asher Silberman:  It's not just Genesis -- almost all the "history" in the Old Testament is a fiction created in the 7th century BC, and never happened in reality.

The Camp of the Saints (1973) by Jean Raspail:   The godawful, turgid novel that spawned enduring nightmares about race and migration.

Crazy for God (2007) by Frank Schaeffer:  The son of theologian Francis Schaeffer, one of the founders of the modern Christian Right, describes how he repudiated his father's ideology and now fights against it as a liberal Christian.

Ending Aging (2007) by Aubrey de Grey:  With effort and investment, we can develop a comprehensive strategy to defeat humanity's oldest and most terrible enemy -- death itself.

Forgotten Fatherland (1992) by Ben Macintyre:  The true story of a German racist colony in 19th-century Paraguay, founded by Nietzsche's sister.

Infidel (2007) by Ayaan Hirsi Ali:  A former Muslim tells the story of her upbringing in Somalia and Kenya, her growing doubts about Islam and final escape from it, and her courageous struggle against its influence in the Western world.

The Necroscope series by Brian Lumley:  Novels that take vampires back to their true evil roots, with more than a few zombies thrown in.

A Renegade History of the United States (2010) by Thaddeus Russell:  The counter-culture has been an integral part of American life from the time of the Founders down to today.

V for Vendetta (1988) by Alan Moore and David Lloyd:  The classic graphic novel of a lone anarchist revolutionary battling a fascist regime in Britain, with an emphasis on comparing it with the film adaptation.

Why I Am Not a Muslim (1995) by Ibn Warraq:  A former Muslim exposes Islam's barbaric nature and fraudulent origins -- and offers evidence that its grip on the minds of its hundreds of millions of adherents may be much more fragile than we think.

A few lesser-known science fiction novels well worth reading.


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