I am really sorry to intrude on your time in this un-invited manner but I need some help and I hope that you will be one that can help me.
I have no contact in the west and I am not acquainted with the reading tastes of the western readership. I have recently written a book on atheist thought and would like to have a few reviews. I do not plan to use your review as a publicity material. The title of the book is “The Death of an Idea” and it is published on Smashwords.com. I would be highly obliged if you can give me your opinion on this book. You may send your review on my following e mail address:
Hi, Joan. Got your note; oddly, I can't reply to it. Wonder if the same thing happened to you.
The hell of it is, I don't know as I'm particularly conscious of my "style" as a writer or my variability of style as regards how I approach a given subject or comment. I suppose it depends on my mood at the time and my attitude toward the subject in question. I'm also not horribly analytical about my style, which likely comes from the fact that I'm an engineer and not an English major. I will admit to attempting to pattern myself after some great writers, such as Robert Heinlein. I am a bit admirer of his work and greatly influenced by him.
Still, I appreciate your input regarding my style very much. Thank you.
Wow, NOTHING by Heinlein at all? Honestly, I am stunned, as he was one of the great innovators of science-fiction, along with the likes of Asimov and Clarke. Indeed, as I understand it, he mentored Ray Bradbury, whom we just lost.
Certainly, the book is still available from Amazon, likely both new and used. I hope you find it, but if not, lemme know ... because I'm not certain I can let this slide. RAH is, after all my favorite author!
Regarding Job: A Comedy of Justice, you might be interested in this piece I posted here regarding Job and the phrase, "thy will be done." I'm rather hoping it amounts to a further inducement to fully engage Job and (I hope) enjoy it as I have.
For an initial sampling, may I suggest my postings on the A|N group, Classical Masters? I've put a few favorites up there, as have others and especially the choral work of one Eric Whitacre, whom I greatly admire.
I won't claim to have an encyclopedic knowledge of classical music (though I have a friend whose record and CD collection comes close!), but what I know of classical I'd be glad to share with you if you're interested.
Joan, I'm sorry the discussion in the LGBT group got to be offensive. I'm not good at nudging people in a particular direction - I usually try something indirect like changing the subject. When someone is not comfortable with the conversation, it's not welcoming. Personally, I prefer talk about civil rights, or history, or nature, or politics (some) or of course gardening. Again, I apologize to you.
Joan, that's a thoughtful idea. I think it could also work as posts in the existing group. Tyler Clementi's situation is one I don't fully understand - I don't think anyone does. I confess I need to look up Kevin Massey. I was also thinking about this, and what to do when the next one comes along. Which I imagine it will. I hate to always feel powerless and just comment on events, rather than being involved. The question is, in life overbusy as it is, is it possible to be involved in a meaningful way. I don't know the answer to that.
"Booklover, as always great finds!
My favorite is the Jesus one saying if JFK came back would he want to see sniper rifles everywhere. Excellent point! Not to mention, Jesus as a pottymouth is priceless!"
"I think what this women did was brave and powerful. When was the last time you saw an ordinary person - not a celebrity, pundit or atheist activist - simply and sincerely affirm their atheism on national TV? I see it as a very positive sign for the…"
"can you find me any evidence of a non-activist (or celebrity) being asked a similar question an saying "well, i'm an atheist'? i can't remember anything like it, but please let me know if there are other examples. "