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This scheme of combustion in order to get power makes me sick to think of it — it is so wasteful…We should utilize natural forces and thus get all of our power. Sunshine is a form of energy, and the winds and the tides are manifestations of energy. Do we use them? Oh no; we burn up wood and coal, as renters burn up the front fence for fuel. We live like squatters, not as if we owned the property. There must surely come a time when heat and power will be stored in unlimited quantities in every community, all gathered by natural forces. Electricity ought to be as cheap as oxygen, for it cannot be destroyed.

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10 Books

Vern challenged me on Facebook to show 10 books over 10 days that have influenced me. I respectfully decline to turn over this material to Facebook. I’m also going to ignore the part about no explanations. But don’t worry, they’re brief.

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The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet

As the 18th century becomes the 19th, David Mitchell’s book reflects in vivid detail the Dutch East Indies Company as it sunsets, decades before Japan is finally opened up for good. Besides being a fascinating historical novel of a vanished insular culture, it’s a lovely romance with vivid action sequences. The assault upon the Mount…


A Wanted Man

A while back, I posted a Top Ten List of things in every Jack Reacher novel. And since then, the author has made it his business to fool me. Only six are wholly true, one partially true, and one totally turned on its head. I may actually have to go back and rewrite it.

But why quibble? Just tell me when the next one comes out.

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Something unusual happens at the end of Stephen King’s new novel. Something new, for him, that you don’t find in his previous books. Sweetness. Romance. Lyricism.

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