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Review: The Sacred History by Jonathan Black

I thoroughly enjoyed Black’s previous book The Secret History of the World so when I came across The Sacred History of the World I knew I was going to enjoy it.  Black writes his non fiction books in such a way that you can’t help but be drawn into them.  Here is the blurb from GoodReads:

The Sacred History: How Angels, Mystics and Higher Intelligence Made Our World

The Sacred History is an account of the workings of the supernatural in history. It tells the epic story of…

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Loving Black’s The Sacred History


A crash course on non-disney films and studios (sequels not included; Pixar not included to avoid Disney-Pixar rage; list is not exhaustive)

Edit: Credit to Aardman Studios for Chicken Run, Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, Flushed Away & Arthur Christmas

(via huffingtonpost)

John Scalzi’s Favourite Books About Epidemics

I’m sure by now everyone is aware of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.  Despite the incredible and due fear surrounding the Ebola virus it may be worth noting that while Ebola has killed a record amount of people, during the same time frame Malaria and TB have claimed hundreds of thousands more lives.

“Since the Ebola outbreak began in February, around 300,000 people have died from malaria, while

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2014 Hugo Best Novel Award Winner


This year the Hugo Award for Best Novel went to:

Ancillary Justice by Ann LeckieAncillary Justice (Imperial Radch, #1)

On a remote, icy planet, the soldier known as Breq is drawing closer to completing her quest.  Once, she was the Justice of Toren – a colossal starship with an artificial intelligence linking thousands of soldiers in the service of the Radch, the empire that conquered the galaxy.  Now, an act of treachery has…

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Review: July’s People by Nadine Gordimer

July’s People was published in 1981 before the end of Apartheid in South Africa and tells the story of a fictional civil war as South Africa’s cities become battlegrounds.  Here is the blurb July's Peoplefrom GoodReads:

For years, it had been what is called a “deteriorating situation.” Now all over South Africa the cities are battlegrounds. The members of the Smales family—liberal whites—are rescued from the…

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Review: Foreign Gods Inc by Okey Ndibe

Okey Ndibe’s Foreign Gods, Inc is a very well written novel that was a breath of fresh air.

Foreign Gods, Inc.Here is the blurb from GoodReads:

Foreign Gods, Inc.,tells the story of Ike, a New York-based Nigerian cab driver who sets out to steal the statue of an ancient war deity from his home village and sell it to a New York gallery. Ike’s plan is fueled by desperation. Despite a degree in economics from a major…

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