Book Review: Bad Twin

I took book out of the library last week after seeing something online reminding me that, although not dealing directly with the show “Lost,” it is set in the same “universe” and supposedly contains some clues about the mysteries contained in the show. So, I figured, what the heck, the library’s free so I took it out and read it this weekend while visiting family in Connecticut.

I just read the Lostpedia entry on Bad Twin (Note: link contains spoilers) and it notes that the producers of the show were very unhappy with the results of the book and seem to almost disown it. So, it’s usefulness in decoding the mysteries of the island may be very limited indeed.

While it does feature many elements in common with the series, the book never mentions the events of the crash, which is fitting considering that the book was “written” by one of the passengers on the ill-fated Oceanic 815 flight. (The “author” survived the crash but was the first to die on the island as he was the one sucked into the engine causing it to explode, in what was a pretty cool scene.) Themes covered in the book include primogeniture (leaving all inheritance to the oldest son), twins, the difference perspective makes in determining whether someone is good or evil, and the fact that wealth can in fact be a burden or curse, rather than a blessing.

I didn’t pick up anything that gave me any great insights into the mysteries of the show, but found it a nice, easy read that could be enjoyed even if you have never heard of Lost. It would make a decent beach read if you’re into that sort of thing.

Book Review: Bad Twin

I took book out of the library last week after seeing something online reminding me that, although not dealing directly with the show “Lost,” it is set in the same “universe” and supposedly contains some clues about the mysteries contained in the show. So, I figured, what the heck, the library’s free so I took it out and read it this weekend while visiting family in Connecticut.

I just read the Lostpedia entry on Bad Twin (Note: link contains spoilers) and it notes that the producers of the show were very unhappy with the results of the book and seem to almost disown it. So, it’s usefulness in decoding the mysteries of the island may be very limited indeed.

While it does feature many elements in common with the series, the book never mentions the events of the crash, which is fitting considering that the book was “written” by one of the passengers on the ill-fated Oceanic 815 flight. (The “author” survived the crash but was the first to die on the island as he was the one sucked into the engine causing it to explode, in what was a pretty cool scene.) Themes covered in the book include primogeniture (leaving all inheritance to the oldest son), twins, the difference perspective makes in determining whether someone is good or evil, and the fact that wealth can in fact be a burden or curse, rather than a blessing.

I didn’t pick up anything that gave me any great insights into the mysteries of the show, but found it a nice, easy read that could be enjoyed even if you have never heard of Lost. It would make a decent beach read if you’re into that sort of thing.

Book Review: Bad Twin

I took book out of the library last week after seeing something online reminding me that, although not dealing directly with the show “Lost,” it is set in the same “universe” and supposedly contains some clues about the mysteries contained in the show. So, I figured, what the heck, the library’s free so I took it out and read it this weekend while visiting family in Connecticut.

I just read the Lostpedia entry on Bad Twin (Note: link contains spoilers) and it notes that the producers of the show were very unhappy with the results of the book and seem to almost disown it. So, it’s usefulness in decoding the mysteries of the island may be very limited indeed.

While it does feature many elements in common with the series, the book never mentions the events of the crash, which is fitting considering that the book was “written” by one of the passengers on the ill-fated Oceanic 815 flight. (The “author” survived the crash but was the first to die on the island as he was the one sucked into the engine causing it to explode, in what was a pretty cool scene.) Themes covered in the book include primogeniture (leaving all inheritance to the oldest son), twins, the difference perspective makes in determining whether someone is good or evil, and the fact that wealth can in fact be a burden or curse, rather than a blessing.

I didn’t pick up anything that gave me any great insights into the mysteries of the show, but found it a nice, easy read that could be enjoyed even if you have never heard of Lost. It would make a decent beach read if you’re into that sort of thing.

Quote-a-palooza

“An election is coming. Universal peace is declared and the foxes have a sincere interest in prolonging the lives of the poultry.” – T.S. Eliot

“When they call the roll in the Senate, the senators do not know whether to answer ‘present’ or ‘guilty’.” – Theodore Roosevelt

“As Senators Obama and Clinton try to outdo each other in blaming government for our lack of individual responsibility and promising solutions by raising taxes to give us more government, they offer little change and less hope.” – Victor Davis Hanson

“Nothing… will assuage Clinton supporters’ sense of injustice if the upstart Obama supplants her. Their, and her, sense of entitlement is encapsulated in her constant invocations of her ’35 years’ of ‘experience.’ Well. She is 60. She left Yale Law School at age 25. Evidently she considers everything she has done since school, from her years at Little Rock’s Rose Law Firm to her good fortune with cattle futures, as presidentially relevant experience.” – George Will

“Hope must be grounded in objective truth otherwise it quickly becomes wishful thinking.” – Cal Thomas

“Eloquence is deep thought expressed in clear words.” – Peggy Noonan

“Why McCain? After all, somewhat similar allegations about recent Democratic nominees were precisely the sort of thing that [The New York Times] scrupulously avoided as trash journalism. And the Times’ attitude toward Bill Clinton’s various sex scandals was hardly one of unbridled enthusiasm. During those years, the Gray Lady published many, many articles lamenting the fever of ‘sexual McCarthyism’ in American politics. It seems that such concerns are unwarranted if the subject is a Republican.” – Jonah Goldberg

“Our elected officials don’t make America great, nor do temporal policies. America is great because of its people, its defining institutions and its freedoms.” – Linda Chavez

“Are the Democrats so intent on denying George Bush retroactive vindication for a war they insist is his that they would deny their own country a now-achievable victory?” – Charles Krauthammer

“The junior senator from New York is as spontaneous and emotion-laden as a space shuttle launch. It’s all planning, calculation and stage-management with the Clintons. She’s like the Tin Man in ‘The Wizard of Oz’: heartless, creaking her campaign joints and unable to prove the humanity voters want in a president.” – Jed Babbin

“McCain may seem unappealing when he’s debating policy with Mike Huckabee or even Mitt Romney. But let him start taking fire from Al Gore, Gloria Steinem, antiwar groups, environmental activists and teachers’ unions- not to mention The New York Times – and suddenly he will look lovelier than the Taj Mahal at sunset.” – Steve Chapman

“Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager said she will make a much better commander-in-chief than her rivals. She’s well schooled in the use of force. How many presidential candidates can honestly say that they have thrown a lamp at an important world leader?” – Argus Hamilton

RIP: William F. Buckley, Jr.

William F. Buckley Jr. dies at 82 – Yahoo! News

William F. Buckley Jr., the erudite Ivy Leaguer and conservative herald who showered huge and scornful words on liberalism as he observed, abetted and cheered on the right’s post-World War II rise from the fringes to the White House, died Wednesday.

This is a sad day for conservatism. By helping build the intellectual and political basis of conservatism, Buckley helped make America and the world a better place. Without him, there may not be a conservative movement this day, and there certainly would been no President Reagan.

Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and may his soul and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

Barack Obama: Most Anti-Life Presidential Candidate Ever?

Barack Obama Would Take Back Vote Helping Terri Schiavo Avoid Euthanasia

Senator Barack Obama debated his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton on Tuesday night and said his biggest mistake was voting with a unanimous Senate to help save Terri Schiavo. Terri is the disabled Florida woman whose husband won the legal right to starve her to death.

When asked his biggest mistake, Obama said that trying to save an innocent woman’s life, trying to prevent her from being starved to death, was a big mistake. (Take note, too, that this bill passed the Senate unanimously.) As the article linked above points out, it’s not the first time he stated that either.

As Hube points out today, and I mentioned before, Obama opposed a bill that would defend the right of children born alive after an abortion attempt to live.

In my earlier post linked above, I also take note that Obama said he would not intervene militarily in Iraq, even to stop a genocide of innocent Iraqis.

So, to sum up:

* He opposes saving innocent people from being starved to death
* He opposes requiring that innocent children who are already born be saved
* He opposes trying to save the lives of innocent genocide victims

He also supports the death penalty. Who would Obama grant the right to life to?