LLR: The Philosophy Gym by Stephen Law

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The Philosophy Gym: 25 Short Adventures in Thinking

by Stephen Law.

From Descartes to designer babies, The Philosophy Gym poses questions about some of history’s most important philosophical issues, ranging in difficulty from pretty easy to very challenging. He brings new perspectives to age-old conundrums while also tackling modern-day dilemmas — some for the first time. Begin your warm up by contemplating whether a pickled sheep can truly be considered art, or dive right in and tackle the existence of God. In this radically new way of looking at philosophy, Stephen Law illustrates the problem with a story, then lets the argument battle it out in clear, easily digestible and intelligent prose. This perfect little mental health club is sure to give each reader’s mind a great workout. 

On my very first trip out of Australia, I encountered this book in an airport bookstore. I remember reading the blurb and being hooked. I unfortunately did not purchase this book but was so very lucky that my local library had a copy of another of Law’s books, The Philosophy Files. Years later, armed with my own credit card, The Philosophy Gym was one of the first books I bought.

While I had always been somewhat questioning in what I was told, The Philosophy Files and Gym opened my mind to a lot of established philosophical concepts and theorises. My mind was opened with the possibilities and unanswerable questions of the universe – and because of this book I quickly devoured so many more books about Philosophy.

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LLR: The Adventures of Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey

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The Adventures of Captain Underpants

by Dav Pilkey.

George and Harold have created the greatest superhero in the history of their elementary school–and now they’re going to bring him to life! Meet Captain Underpants! His true identity is so secret, even HE doesn’t know who he is!

Acclaimed author and Caldecott Honor illustrator Dav Pilkey provides young readers with the adventure of a lifetime in this outrageously funny, action-packed, easy-to-read chapter book. With hilarious pictures on every page, THE ADVENTURES OF CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS is great for both beginning and chapter-book readers. And like Dav’s other best-selling books of humor, it is sure to provide even the most reluctant readers with hours of fun.

I know I’ve talked a lot of Captain Underpants game recently but I have just fallen back in love with this series. I read these as a child and was inspired by the fun and cartoon style of the book. I won’t say it inspired a life long love of reading (because it was already there) but I will say it made reading so much fun!

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LLR: Three Fates by Nora Roberts

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Three Fates

by Nora Roberts.


When the Lusitania sank, one survivor became a changed man, giving up his life as a petty thief – but keeping the small silver statue he lifted, a family heirloom to future generations. Now, nearly a century later, that priceless heirloom, one of a long-separated set of three, has been stolen. And Malachi, Gideon, and Rebecca Sullivan are determined to recover their great-great-grandfather’s treasure, reunite the Three Fates, and make their fortune.

The quest will take them from their home in Ireland to Helsinki, Prague, and New York, where they will meet a brilliant scholar who will aid them in their hunt – and an ambitious woman who will stop at nothing to acquire the Fates. 

It’s February and due to my love of the genre, I’m focusing this month on the romance genre! I would be remiss if I didn’t include of the greats of the genre, so here is my Long Lost Review of one of my favourite Nora Roberts books.

Three Fates was a double whammy for me, I love romance novels but I also have an interest in Greek Mythology. Of the gods, the ones that were always a favourite of mine were the Moirae, or the Three Fates. So this book not only combine my love of romance and mythology but also featured my favourite goddesses!

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LLR: Shapestone by James Bibby

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Shapestone

by James Bibby.

Death is nasty and not a little inconvenient. Being dead even more so. Especially when you’re tied to an amulet that has its own designs on the world. For the Princess Macoby the annoying ghost with the axe in his head who keeps hangng around is just plain irritating. Little do either of them know that the fate of the world is in their substantial and not-so substantial hands.

Jim Bibby has created a world peopled with real people, with real concerns. Their lives are not played for laughs, these come from Bibby’s acute eye for timing and sympathy

with human foibles/ This is a serious cut above your average humorous fantasy.

Once again I’m looking back at a fantasy book I have always meant to review. Shapestone is a humourous fantasy novel that plays off of the tropes and plot devices of the fantasy genre.

From what I remember, Shapestone is a not only a funny book but it is an entertaining one. Bibby does not sacrifice plot for humour which means that not only are you smiling and laughing throughout the novel but you’re engaged with the actual fantasy story.

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LLR: The Redemption of Althalus by David and Leigh Eddings

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The Redemption of Althalus

by David and Leigh Eddings.

Althalus, burgler, armed robber, is paid to steal a book by a sinister stranger named Ghend. Althalus sets off to the House at the End of the World where the book is kept. There, in the same room as the book Ghenddescribed, he finds a talking cat. What he can’t find as he turns around is the door by which he entered.

Back in the long long ago, The Redemption of Althalus was a book that was recommended to me by one of my high school teachers. I even think that they lent me the book so I could read it. Regardless of the recommendation I remember really enjoying the book.

The book has 913 pages and is huge! I do remember that it took me a while to get through the book, but I think I was just coming off of reading the Lord of the Rings, so I was used to the larger page counts.

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LLR: The Barbed Coil by J.V. Jones

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The Barbed Coil

by J.V. Jones.

When Izgard of Garizon put on the Coil and crowned himself King, he set in train a course of tumultuous events that would reverberate around the continent. For the Coil must have blood. And the first blood to flow is that of Berick of Thorn, the legendary conqueror of Garizon. His son, Camron, wants revenge and knows that Izgard can only be stopped by force of arms. He seeks out the man who knows most about Izgard’s murderous hordes – Lord Ravis, a ruthless mercenary with a dark and secret past. And Tessa McCamfrey is about to become caught up in this dangerous and exotic world – with the piratical Ravis, a beautifully patterned gold ring and a role to play in the momentous events that unfold.

To me, The Barbed Coil, was a big ‘oh’ moment.

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Long Lost Reviews: Blind Faith by Ben Elton

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Blind Faith

by Ben Elton.

Imagine a world where everyone knows everything about everybody. Where ‘sharing’ is valued above all, and privacy is considered a dangerous perversion.

Trafford wouldn’t call himself a rebel, but he’s daring to be different, to stand out from the crowd. In his own small ways, he wants to push against the system. But in this world, uniformity is everything. And even tiny defiances won’t go unnoticed.

Ben Elton’s dark, savagely comic novel imagines a post-apocalyptic society where religious intolerance combines with a sex-obsessed, utterly egocentric culture. In this world, nakedness is modesty, independent thought subversive, and ignorance is wisdom.

A chilling vision of what’s to come? Or something rather closer to home?

I remember this book having a really profound effect on me. I remember finishing the last chapter, putting down the book, and then almost deleting my Facebook account. Pretty much since this book, I have cut back on the amount of personal information I let out into the world.

While I haven’t removed my social media presence completely (I mean, hello I am writing this blog), I have dialed back my personal social media presence. Goodreads is telling me I finished this book in 2012 and no word of a lie, it has stuck with me since.

As an author Elton is either really profound or is having a snarky stab at society, in this book he does both.. I think. I cannot for the life of me tell you anything about the plot or this Trafford character, but I can tell you that Blind Faith is a satire about online oversharing and it scared me. 

Once again I cannot tell you if I enjoyed the book or if it was just the message that got to me. I rated it four stars though, so I must have liked it 😛


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