Nov 252010
 

The third book of the “Millenium Trilogy”. I loved to read all three books and could not put down either of them. I definitely would recommend the trilogy.

Actually I read the e-book version.

I also watched the movies for the trilogy – with German synchronisation and 180 min each. I enjoyed reviving many scenes from the book even though significant parts of the story were left out to fit it into the format.

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Nov 212010
 

The second book of the “Millenium Trilogy”. I loved to read the sequel and could not put it down – like the first one. The end is a bit abrupt but by now you know there is a third book. I definitely would recommend the trilogy.

I also watched the movies for the trilogy – with German synchronisation and 180 min each. I enjoyed reviving many scenes from the book even though significant parts of the story were left out to fit it into the format.

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Aug 242008
 

Frank McCourt writes about his 30 years of teaching in New York’s high schools and colleges. It is a good lesson about teaching – the big challenges, what is important and what is not.  And it is a book about himself and how he finally wrote his first book as a late bloomer.

This is fun to read.

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Apr 202008
 

Derren Brown is known for his stage performances and television programs Derren Brown: Mind ControlTrick of the Mind and Trick or Treat. He introduced the Trick of the Mind programmes stating that it is a combination of Magic, Suggestion, Psychology, Misdirection and Showmanship”. He considers it best described as mentalism.

Some of his performances such as Russian Roulette, The Heist or a reenactment of the Milgram Experiment have caused quite a bit of controversy in Britain.

In the book he provides a glimpse into the kind of skills he uses in his show: magic tricks, memorizing, hypnosis, NLP, cold reading and so on. He spices it up with anecdotes of his life which provide good insight into his sceptical view especially about the esoteric industry and any kind of “true believers” including his personal experience with Christianity.

He references Richard Dawkins a few times and especially the first chapter leaves the impression that he is an outspoken atheist. Beyond all the showmanship his shows provide an insight how much our mind can be manipulated or misguided which may help the audience to be less manipulated by others in everyday’s life.

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