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Manuel

Manuel@wyrms.de

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2021 Reading Goal

75% complete! Manuel has read 18 of 24 books.

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Blind (Paperback, 2006, Black Library Publishing)
4 star

The Master of the Blind Tower — a vast fortification housing countless telepaths — has …

Self-worth & Duty

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A well done "who-done-it?" in a unique setting, which allows the author to use rather poetic descriptions when it comes to the astropath's experience of the world. We also follow Shira Calpurnia's Fate after the events of the last book – Legacy – and how she has to deal with questions of self-worth and duty; in a very believable way.

Legacy (Paperback, Black Library Publishing)
4 star

Arbites officer Shira Calpurnia is appointed to protect an ancient trading charter, which is being …

Imperial vs Ecclesiarchal law

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In a society which is dominated by state religion and a class system, we are presented with a well thought-out story of Imperial law versus Ecclesiarchal law, wherein Shira Calpurnia is more of a side character used to deliver the story. This fact does not detract from the overall enjoyment, though. We can see aristocracy acting at its worst, in hereditary intrigues and inter-ship politics. Besides that, the novel provides us with some nice insights into the Adeptus Mechanicus and the dangers of warp travel and how it affects the average human being.

Battle for the Abyss (Paperback, 2014, Black Library)
4 star

News of Horus's treachery is in the open, and a time of testing has come. …

Brotherhood and the Warp

4 star

Title and subtitle are as far as the prominent two plot threads go. Besides some embellishment in form of some (to fans of the W40K universe) known rivalry between Legions (eg Space Wolves/ Thousand Sons) you get exactly what you'd expect. Embedded in a mix of martial action, gore and cosmic horror, is a fine, though somewhat superficial discourse about the meaning of brotherhood. Fans of space or rather warp travel get a believable description of the Immaterium, based on colours and emotions. All that written in diverse language, depending on which Legion's character is the point of view.

Quicksilver (Paperback, 2003, William Heinemann)
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Neal Stephenson's Quicksilver, a monumental epic that follows his critically acclaimed international bestseller Cryptonomicon, is …

By this it appears how necessary it is for any man that aspires to true knowledge, to examine the definitions of former authors; and either to correct them, where they are negligently set down, or to make them himself. For the errors of definitions multiply themselves according as the reckoning proceeds, and lead men into absurdities, which at last they see, but cannot avoid, without reckoning anew from the beginning. — Hobbes, Leviathan

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Quicksilver (Paperback, 2003, William Heinemann)
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Neal Stephenson's Quicksilver, a monumental epic that follows his critically acclaimed international bestseller Cryptonomicon, is …

Almost five thousand years agone, there were pilgrims walking to the Celestial City, as these two honest persons are; and Beelzebub, Apollyon, and Legion, with their companions, perceiving by the path that the pilgrims made that their way to the City lay through this town of Vanity, they contrived here to set up a fair; a fair wherein should be sold all sorts of vanity, and that it should last all year long. Therefore at this Fair are all such merchandise sold, as houses, lands, trades, places, honours, preferments, titles, countries, kingdoms, lust, pleasures and delights of all sorts, as whores, bawds, wives, husbands, childrens, masters, servants, lives, blood, bodies, souls, silver, gold, pearls, precious stones, and what not. And moreover, at this Fair there is at all times to bee seen jugglings, cheats, games, plays, fools, apes, knaves, and rogues, and that of all sorts. — John Bunyan, The Pilgrim's Progress

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Quicksilver (Paperback, 2003, William Heinemann)
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Neal Stephenson's Quicksilver, a monumental epic that follows his critically acclaimed international bestseller Cryptonomicon, is …

Hereby it is manifest, that during the time men live without a common power to keep them all in awe, they are in that condition which is called war; and such a war, as is of every man, against every man. For WAR, consisteth not in battle only, or the act of fighting; but in a tract of time, wherein the will to contend by battle is sufficiently known. — Hobbes, Leviathan

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Quicksilver (Paperback, 2003, William Heinemann)
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Neal Stephenson's Quicksilver, a monumental epic that follows his critically acclaimed international bestseller Cryptonomicon, is …

So I saw in my dream that the man began to run. Now he had not run far from his own door, but his wife and children perceiving it began to cry after him to return: but the man put his fingers in his ears, and ran on crying, "Life, life, eternal life." So he looked not behind him, but fled towards the middle of the plain. — John Bunyan, The Pilgrim's Progress

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Quicksilver (Paperback, 2003, William Heinemann)
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Neal Stephenson's Quicksilver, a monumental epic that follows his critically acclaimed international bestseller Cryptonomicon, is …

The Dissenters are destitute of all decorations that can please the outward Senses, what their Teachers can hope for from humane Assistance lies altogether in their own endeavours, and they have nothing to strengthen their Doctrine with (besides what they can say for it) but probity of Manners and exemplary Lives. — The Mischiefs That Ought to Be Apprehended from a Whig-Government, Anonymous, attributed to Bernard Mandeville, 1714

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Quicksilver (Paperback, 2003, William Heinemann)
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Neal Stephenson's Quicksilver, a monumental epic that follows his critically acclaimed international bestseller Cryptonomicon, is …

How are these Colonies of the English increas'd and improv'd, even to such a Degree, that some have suggested, tho' not for Want of Ignorance, a Danger of their revolting from the English Government, and setting up an Independency of Power for themselves. It is true, the Notion is absurd, and without Foundation, but serves to confirm what I have said above of the real Encrease of those Colonies, and of the flourishing Condition of the Commerce carried on there. — Daniel Defoe, A Plan of the English Commerce

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Quicksilver (Paperback, 2003, William Heinemann)
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Neal Stephenson's Quicksilver, a monumental epic that follows his critically acclaimed international bestseller Cryptonomicon, is …

Those who assume hypothesis as first principles of their speculations… may indeed form an ingenious romance, but a romance it will still be. — Roger Cotes, preface to Sir Isaac Newton's Principia Mathematica, second edition, 1713

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I'll be sharing the chapter introduction quotes.