The Doors of His Face, the Lamps of His Mouth

By Roger Zelazny

Rating: 3 stars

This is a collection of short stories from reasonably early in Zelazny’s career and there’s a wide span both in terms of size (one is almost novella sized, another is just over a page long) and scale. There’s something here for everyone, although I particularly enjoyed The Keys to December and The Great Slow Kings, two very different stories.

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Year of publication: 1965

The God Delusion

By Richard Dawkins

Rating: 4 stars

I really enjoyed this book. Dawkins writes in a clear, concise and very readable manner in this book that discusses religion, morality and the arguments for and against the existence of a god. I enjoyed it because he put into words ideas that I’ve found difficult to vocalise and explained concepts and thought experiments that helped me clarify my own mind. For this, I can certainly forgive him his occasional tendency to slip into smug self-satisfaction.

The major issue with this book is that it is, to use a deliciously inappropriate metaphor, preaching to the choir. The kind of people that will read the book are those that already agree with a good proportion of what Dawkins has to say and are open to the rest. Still, that didn’t stop me from enjoyed it immensely.

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ISBN: 9780593055489
Publisher: Bantam Press
Year of publication: 2006

Medusa’s Children

By Bob Shaw

Rating: 3 stars

The Clan live in a zero-gravity undersea world, trying to survive in a harsh environment and stay safe from the deadly Horra. But a new current is bringing change…

This was an enjoyable post-(mild)apocalypse book with a nice SF Idea at its heart. The characters are just sketches, but drawn well enough that you care about them. Worth reading.

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ISBN: 9780385135375
Publisher: Doubleday Books
Year of publication: 1977

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