I Robot by Isaac Asimov, Book Review

I Robot

I Robot by Isaac Asimov, Book Review A friend once told me that she is scared to read science fiction. She is scared because sci-fi often predicts certain scientific developments, which she doesn’t want to learn about. For her, some of those predictions may be scary, and she thinks that she is better off not knowing. In I Robot, and the other robot stories in the series, Isaac Asimov predicts certain real developments in the field of robotics. A point worth noting, is that Karel Čapek, a prolific Czech writer, introduced the word robot in his play, R. U. R. (Rossum’s Universal Robots) in 1921, but The Oxford English Dictionary credits … [Read more...]

The Obstacle is the Way by Ryan Holiday, Book Review

The Obstacle is the Way by Ryan Holiday, Book Review

The Obstacle is the Way by Ryan Holiday, Book Review The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph by Ryan Holiday is about transforming the obstacles we face into opportunities by taking directed action that allows us to leapfrog much further. As I was reading the book, I constantly thought of the poem, If, by Rudyard Kipling, then I realized that many ideas and concepts in The Obstacle is the Way are built around the poem. “If you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming it on you, If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, But make allowance for their doubting … [Read more...]

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card, Book Review

Ender’s Game

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card, Book Review Preeminent science fiction and fantasy author, Orson Scott Card won both the Hugo and Nebula awards for best novel for Ender's Game and Ender's Game: Speaker for the Dead, his best known novels. Published in 1985, Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card is a military science fiction set in a future time. Humankind faces elimination by an alien race – buggers - from another planet. Humans have encountered buggers twice before, the last time 70 years ago, but earth’s hero, Mazer Rackham won the war for humans. Unfortunately, the buggers rose again and military officials are desperate to find the … [Read more...]

Girl With a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier, Book Review

Girl With a Pearl Earring

Girl With a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier, Book Review Not much is known about the artist, Johannes Vermeer, so authors such as Tracy Chevalier and Susan Vreeland have re-imagined his life, based on extensive research on what life was like in Delft in the 1660s for someone in his position. They have presented their findings in their respective novels, Girl With a Pearl Earring: A Novel, and Girl in Hyacinth Blue. Related Post Girl in Hyacinth Blue by Susan Vreeland, Book Review Circumstances can change at the drop of a hat – the death of a spouse, the loss of a job, or even a change in relationship status. For the main … [Read more...]

Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier, Book Review

Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier, Book Review

Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier, Book Review Published in 1936, Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier is a romance novel steeped in suspense and murder, with a theme that deals with identity. In How to Read Literature Like a Professor: A Lively and Entertaining Guide to Reading Between the Lines, Thomas C. Foster describes the importance of story starters, the weather, the names of characters and so on, and the role they play in the story. In Jamaica Inn, the setting, which is Gothic, is integral to the story, keeps the readers in suspense. If you have been reading The Invisible Mentor blog for a while, you have been introduced to the … [Read more...]