Servant of the Secret Fire

Random thoughts on books and life in the reality-based community

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The name I've chosen comes from "Lord of the Rings," when Gandalf faces down the Balrog in the Mines of Moria. My Hebrew name is Esther (which is related to the word for "hidden" or "secret") Serafina (which means "burning"). This seems appropriate because although I don't usually put myself forward, I do care very passionately about a lot of things. Maybe through these blogs I can share some of these passions, as well as less weighty ideas and opinions, with others.

Friday, December 23, 2005

New books (drool, drool!)

I just ordered these from Quality Paperback Book Club and lo and behold! Here they are, via FedEx, for only $1.99 shipping. And they're not even gifts, except for myself.

Science Friction: Where The Known Meets The Unknown
by Michael Shermer
Essays on science and skepticism by the author of Why People Believe Weird Things

The Unending Mystery: A Journey Through Labyrinths and Mazes by
David Willis McCullough
A cultural history of the labyrinth and an examination of its modern revival.

The Sociopath Next Door by Martha Stout, Ph.D.
"A fascinating, important book about what makes good people good and bad people bad, and how good people can protect themselves from those others." - Harold Kushner, author of When Bad Things Happen to Good People


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