I don’t usually post things like this, just because I know how apt people are to jump down one’s throat at the mere mention of a religious or political stance. However, I felt inclined to write SOMETHING after I read another individual openly berate the Big Bang theory and other scientific stances, using the “God” argument as their sole point.
As an atheist, I find that I stand behind science with much conviction, much like devout Christians would want to support their own belief system.. I want to make the point that it is NOT because of a lack in faith, but because of a proof of evidence supporting what I believe. I don’t have all of the answers, but that is where I stand.
Despite that stance, I often avoid getting into religious debates for a single reason; belief systems should be personal. Attacking other systems of belief might make you feel big, or others feel small, but the whole “my god is better than your god,” or even the “my science is better than your god” debates are RIDICULOUS.
Instead, I suggest that, when faced with a difference of opinion, respect it rather than attack it, because it has no value on how you choose to live your life, god or science alike. Your path is one you walk alone.
I just think that people would be better off using the energy they spend yelling about how asinine science might be, or that god doesn’t exist, that time might be better spent volunteering, or getting involved in your community, where the real need is and a real difference can be made. I mean, we’re all people, aren’t we?
Your Humble Narrator here. Unfortunately, I read the electronic version of this book, which kept me from constantly referencing the glossary at the end. I don’t know why I waited so long to actually read this, but it just so happens that I began reading this when I started studying Respondent and Operant conditioning more in depth, so it made for a pretty decent background.
If you aren’t familiar with this book, its a pretty simple concept. A gang of violent teens run rampant around the city, until they push too far and end up in a bit of trouble. The book itself would probably be more violent if you were able to reference the glossary, replacing terms like “tolchock” with punching, or “red red krovvy” with blood. But overall, it was an interesting book, and told better than any Dean Koontz book you’ve read.
Pick this up as soon as possible. I give this book 5 out of 5 Bazoomy Chellovecks with Britvas.
So, grabbed this for 2 bucks in a book store called Book Castle in L.A. last year. I started while I was out there, but I always kind of just put it on the back-burner while I was completing school work and adjusting to my new job. Luckily, the book is broken up into the main story (The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde) and…other stories.
The main story is great, though the audacity portrayed in the story is much more tame than the horror genre we know today. Regardless, it is a great piece of suspense/horror/mystery type of literature.
The following stories vary in quality after, however. There is a series of stories that fall under The Suicide Club moniker that provides a layered piece of story telling centered around a club that’s members “mysteriously” meet their ends. Other stories, such as Markheim and The Body Snatcher are equally as interesting, but are much shorter. There is a dud, however, in the short story Thrawn Janet, a difficult read written in a type of slang that makes it difficult to follow the plot, if there is a plot to follow.
Overall, the stories were great, so, if you get a chance, definitely pick this up. It is much different than many of the interpretations we see in cinema or other story telling.