I was sent a free copy of this book by the author, and asked to write an honest review. As the author noted in his email to me, ‘I think we have quite a few interests in common. ‘That’s very true, so I thought my review might also be of interest to my blog readers.
The book is the story of why the author (DJ MacLennan), has chosen to have his brain cryogenically frozen when he dies – or as he puts it – when current medicine can do no more to save him from death. It’s a personal story, and a scientific and philosophical investigation of what it means to live and die. Here’s my review of the book. Continue reading
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Tagged Belief, Books, Computers, Death, Health, Longevity, Philosophy, Science, Technology
Do you know those newspaper columnists who cynically bundle together their previously-published articles and release them as a book? What a brilliant idea! I decided to do the same. Continue reading
When I was a teenager, the films that my friends and I most wanted to watch were marked with a large, lurid “18” logo. There was no explanation whether this was because of sex, violence or bad language (or all three.) We had to guess from the cover. Nowadays, the situation is more nuanced. Certificates are accompanied by explanatory material, justifying the rating. Continue reading
My debut novel, The Yoga Sutras, was published one year ago today. Publishing the book was a huge personal achievement for me, but it’s hardly been a bestseller. In order to punish myself for this failure and engage in some self-flagellation, I’ve decided to take a hard look at reviews of the book and see what I can learn. Continue reading
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Tagged Book reviews, Books, Creativity, Fiction, Humour, Philosophy, Self-Publication, Words, Work, Writing, Yoga
This is how I plan to write my blog in future. I will keep this little guy in my basement and supply him with bananas until he produces an article I’m happy with. It’s a great method if you’re lazy but patient.
But how patient would I have to be? How long would it actually take? Continue reading
Steve: So, Steve, this has become something of a New Year tradition, hasn’t it?
Steve: What? Talking to myself?
Steve: Yes. It’s what I do all the time, really.
Steve: Almost like a crazy person.
Steve: Exactly. Continue reading
Wow! This book is a rollercoaster read. I finished it, then started reading it again immediately. It blew my mind.
I’ve just read it again for a third time, and felt compelled to write something. I want to evangelize on behalf of Ms Thomas and spread the word about this book. Continue reading