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my first thought upon reading the blurb for the golden mean was, it seems every childrens story has been turned into a novel. and my second thought was, but good for them! yes, it is a childrens story but it is one that has a large enough body of literature and film and television to call it its own, and it has been long enough around to test the patience of a few parents. i had not heard of the golden mean when mr bendel, over at the home of mrs trochner , recommended it to me. of course, mrs trochner has read a lot of books, so i will assume she has heard of the golden mean.

i do not know if the author has read a lot of books; on the one hand he has never mentioned it on his web page, but on the other hand he has written a number of novels for adults and yet another childrens book. and to my certain knowledge he has never been interviewed about his work. at first glance, this book seems to be well written, and interesting. as its from the library, i did not read it until now, and this review will not be one of my usual kind, i just want to say something about it. maybe someday i will read the whole book, but for now, what follows is my thoughts.

i loved the voice of the main character. it was a voice i could hear. the way he wrote sentences is amazing; for instance, the out of control accident. the author could have simply told us what happened in an indirect way, but no, the author had to write in that way so that we would read the way he wrote. it was pure pleasure reading, the way he put the words together and the way he wrote them. it is amazing.

when the ottoman empire fell in the end of the 19th century, they were bordered to the west by the persian empire, and to the east by the indian subcontinent. they dominated the middle east – in fact the name “middle east” is a contraction of mesopotamia, (the home of the ancient assyrians and babylonians), persia, and mesopotamia, (the home of the ancients). but the british realized that the ottomans were too well-entrenched in the middle east. this left them in a bit of a pickle, and so they decided to forge an anglo-persian alliance to counter ottoman expansionism. the british agreed that the persians could build whatever fortifications they wanted within their borders, but they had to allow british troop access to the persian gulf, so that the british could keep tabs on the persians in case they ever got ideas of grabbing someone else in the area. the british also set up military bases in bahrain, oman, and aden, in case there was a reason to actually fight a war. while the british carved out a sphere of influence in the middle east, something very similar was happening at the same time – the arab world had been building up a sphere of influence in asia, and dominating the me was an early priority for the pan-arab alliance the ottomans had joined with the saudis in the mid-1920s. if you love sci-fi, youll have a tough time figuring out how to contain yourself. each of these could easily be their own full-length books (though that would be an insane waste of space). the possible results of four hundred years in the future are so unbelievably cool! both john green and kevin wilson are so good at giving us the original ideas, but then creating characters that we all care about. the entire thing is so wonderfully silly, yet so thought-provoking. there are a lot of topics covered, and some of them are really difficult to bring up (political correctness, ecological problems, class issues, the problems with video games, among others). but theres plenty of humor to help lighten the load, and it never feels preachy. 5ec8ef588b

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