1984: our responsibility for democracy in the world

Book title: Nineteen Eighty-Four (Penguin Twentieth Century Classics S.)
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Audio Cassette
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Someone wrote that 1984 shows us how the world would be like if the governments obtained complete power over the populace. But HOW is this power obtained? As citizens in democratic (?) nations we have a duty to work for democracy around the world and to see to that all aspects of democracy are maintained. If we fail, the nightmare of 1984 can turn into reality.

Orwell's 1984 really makes one think. The novel stays on your mind, and hopefully it will never go away.
How would I react as a citizen of a totalitarian state?
Would I have the guts to stand up for democracy and human rights, knowing that it could get me killed?

Even if 1984 is a nightmare, small parts of it become reality every day, throughout the world.
So maybe George Orwell's great novel isn't just a warning?

And hey, look out for Newspeak!

EAN: 0051488032007
Pages: 6
Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks
George Orwell

The Most Beautiful Pern Novel Yet

Book title: Moreta : Dragonlady of Pern
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
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Finally the song is explained. Moreta is the seventh of the Dragonriders of Pern series and by far the most moving. The story is engaging and a quick read. It is well worth the time put into it, not only for the satisfying feeling that comes with the understanding of the Pern saga, but for the chance to see Pern as it was. A fabulous book that I'd recommend for any dragonlover or fantasy enthusiast.

EAN: 9780552124997
Publisher: Transworld Pub
Anne McCaffrey

Great Beginning and Exciting

Book title: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Book 1)
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
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J.K. Rowling does a great job in this book by beginning the story perfectly and ending perfectly. Also she left Harry wide open for more adventure at the end of the story. This book is one the most exciting books I've ever read. In that J.K. Rowling keeps the reader on their toes because when you're sure something will happen it will be the exact opposite. I recommend this book to anyone who loves adventure and suspense.

EAN: 0038332175202
Pages: 309
Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books
J.K. Rowling

Compelling and Eye-opening

Book title: Passions Within Reason
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
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This is Robert Frank's best book. As is true of everything he writes, Frank's style here is clear and engaging.He aims to show that human emotions are created by natural selection to increase the individual's chances of survival. What appear to be a person's irrational reactions and inclinations often promote mutually beneficial trade and, thus, promote that person's long-run welfare. The explanation of how emotions achieve this remarkably beneficial outcome is the core of this fine book.Of all the many serious books that I've read over the years, this one is surely among the most fun! It's fantastic reading.

EAN: 9780393960228
Pages: 320
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Robert Frank
Robert H. Frank

Excellent Novel

Book title: A Prayer for Owen Meany
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
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When someone shoves a book at me, and tells me I have to read it and write a report on it, I usually groan, and put off reading the book. However, my mother told me to choose this novel. Being the teenager I am, I was all cranky that I had to read it. However, now that I am finished with it, I must say that this is a great novel, a work of art even. It really made me think, and expand my mind on things that I would look over in my every day life. This book was excellent, and now the hard part is finding some critism on it for my report......I somehow doubt there is any

EAN: 9780552993692
Publisher: Transworld Pub
John Irving

Suspend disbelief

Book title: Year of Wonders
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
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This book has it all. Historical accuracy, edge-of-the seat drama, poignancy, personal alacrity, corporate xenophobia ...Set in a village in 1665-1666, this novel is narrated in the first person by Anna Frith, an 18-year old woman with a passion for life and a disdain for prejudice. She tells the story of what happened on the inside after the villagers voluntarily seal themselves off from the rest of the world. We are transported into a world where the nobles are not, the righteous are anything but selfless, and courage comes from the most unexpected places. Seek yourself in this novel. Suspend disbelief, and transport yourself back to a time when things weren't so simple as we are often wont to believe.

EAN: 9780142001431
Pages: 336
Publisher: Penguin Books
Geraldine Brooks

A fantastic read for all ages!

Book title: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Book 3)
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
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I'm 35 years old and I first heard about this series when I saw the Rosie O'donell show. Rosie recommended this so enthusiastically, that I had to see what it was all about. WOW! I wasn't dissapointed. What a magical journey! Rowling makes Harry so human and yet such a wizard with great potential. Full of wonderful imagination and spirit I highly recommend this book to people who enjoy C.S. Lewis's "Chronicles of Narnia" J.R.R. Tolkien's "Lord of the Ring Series" or David Eddings "The Mallorian Series"...Oh the heck with it...ANYONE with a "heart of a child" and love to be swept away in pure delightful immagination will love this book. This will be rated as a CLASSIC series right up there with the author's I named above...And for all you Muggles who aren't kids at heart..it is YOUR loss for not liking this series! :)

EAN: 0038332164718
Pages: 448
Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books
J.K. Rowling

Very good, but not Asimov

Book title: Foundation and Chaos (Second Foundation Trilogy)
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
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This is a very good story written but a great author. I am so glad that he stayed so true to Asimov's original intentions for the series (unlike Brian Herbert with his Dune books). It does not read like Asimov though. This is forgivable because Bear never tried to emulate Asimov's style, he only tried to take Asimov's unfinished story and do the best job he could with his own writing style, which is really a better way to go if you think about it.

EAN: 9780061052422
Pages: 342
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Greg Bear
Gregory Benford

A Toddler Must Have

Book title: Teletubbies: Big Hug! (Teletubbies)
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Board book
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My 11 month old daughter loves to watch the teletubbies on the television , but i wanted to have her focus her attention on a book. I tryed many other books with little or no success and as a last hope i purchased teletubbies big hug. It was short enough to keep her attention , the pictures kept her interested and the book went along with her Teletubbie big hug movie. Now she knows before she goes to bed it is story time and she looks forward to reading her now large teletubbie book collection.

EAN: 9780439138543
Publisher: Scholastic
Scholastic Books

Not Just Another Athlete

Book title: It's Not About the Bike: My Journey Back to Life
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
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Most people know Lance Armstrong as the 2-time Tour de France Winner, but first and foremost, he is a Cancer Survivor. Whether you're into cycling or you are familiar with the struggle, mentally, emotionally, and physically, of battling cancer, this book will draw you into itself and not let go of you until you've finished it. It is written in a very conversational tone, which makes it very easy to read, and there are some good life-lessons to glean from his experience. You'll learn quite a bit about dealing with cancer, as well as a thing or two about the athletics and politics of bicycle racing. This is not just another athlete spending 200+ pages talking about himself - this guy has something worth saying ... and something worth reading.

EAN: 9780399146114
Pages: 275
Publisher: Penguin Putnam
Lance Armstrong
Sally Jenkins

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