Wednesday, January 22, 2020

A Review of Important Stuff Socrates Thought by Dr. Glenn Rogers

I ran across Dr. Glenn Rogers on LinkedIn as I was looking to reconnect with a cousin of mine. I don't know much about Rogers except that he taught philosophy at the university level. Once in a while, he'll offer an ebook in a free giveaway and so that's how I came to get a copy of Important Stuff Socrates Thought (The Important Stuff Philosophical Series Book 1).

The book is not terribly long -- it took me about two and half days to get through it reading at an on-and-off pace. It is written in an easy-to-understand style with a simple layout. As the title suggests, it is about the Greek philosopher, Socrates, or rather, what Socrates had on his mind, as well as his method of discourse which was mostly made up of a strategy of questions designed to influence inductive reasoning into discovering the truth of the matter.

What matter, you might ask? Well, the matter of anything (or everything), but suffice to say mainly the big questions. Like, who or what are we? Why are we here? What's the world all about? How are we to proceed?

Rogers reminds us that Socrates was among the world's most important thinkers when it came to those kinds of questions and it was his direct influence that led to conclusions by his understudies, i.e., Plato and Aristotle. Now, I was a philosophy student in college and so I am familiar with Socrates and many of the earlier Greek philosophers but I can say Rogers' book was a great refresher for me and has renewed my interest in classical philosophy and what I consider the roots of logic, reason, and even the cornerstones of civilization. The truth is, you just can't understand western civilization without studying a little Socrates.

If you do not know much about Greek philosophy (or philosophy in general), Important Stuff Socrates Thought is a great place to start. I enjoyed it so much, I plan to follow up by reading the next book in Dr. Rogers' series.

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Down the Rabbithole...

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Hi there.

The first book in The Xylanthian Chronicles by Thomas C. Stone is entitled Xylanthia. Catchy, huh? It's a big book, big enough so even if you sat up all night reading, you probably wouldn't finish it before the sun came up. Plus, like I said, it's the first book in a trilogy so if you do commit to it and read it all the way through, you'll likely want to read the following two books.

So what is the Xylanthia story anyway? Good question. Well, it's a sci-fi thriller set in a future nearly 400 years from now. You may be surprised to learn that in many ways it is similar to the present; that is, human affairs are still governed by intrigue and conspiracy and competition. Space travel and exploration is a big thing in the future and we've finally figured out how to get to other star systems. One thing we haven't figured out is how to survive once we get there. That's what Xylanthia is about -- how a team of scientists and explorers manage to unravel the mysteries surrounding the binary system at Sirius while being picked off by a hostile alien environment.

Yet, that's not even the half of it. The Xylanthia books are a wild ride down the rabbithole into an adventure that will stretch your imagination. If you love science fiction and an original story, you'll love The Xylanthian Chronicles.

The Xylanthian Chronicles is a three book set comprised of Xylanthia, Return to Xylanthia, and The Galactic Center. Each book is available in either industrial paperback or as an ebook and can be found at Amazon, Smashwords, Barnes&Noble, Apple and other fine online book retailers. As in incentive, the price has been lowered for the ebook version of Xylanthia to just $2.99 for an entire month! So, please, order your copy today and begin an astounding reading experience.

As always, happy reading!

Saturday, January 4, 2020

Stateline Blues

"Stateline Blues"

Fancy Dan, gamblin' man
Top hat of the peanut man
Talk about your pot of gold
With a silver linin'

Tumblin' dice, hit it twice
Boats and the flushes, they sure look nice
On a pot of gold with a silver linin'

State line give you hard times, stay too long
Goodbye, pretty women
I ain't stayin' on, come on

Get a hunch, bet a bunch
Come to gamble, better pack a lunch
For a pot of gold with a silver linin'

Less you bet when you stayin' in
The more you lose even when you win
On a pot of gold with a silver linin'

You don't know when to stop
Lady Luck, she gonna see you're taught
That there ain't no pot of gold and no silver linin'

Easy money can make you mad
Come too quick turn a good man bad
For a pot of gold with a silver linin'

Gamblin' man, Fancy Dan
Top hat of the peanut man
Talk about your pot of gold
In the silver linin'

Thursday, January 2, 2020

“Book-buyers aren’t attracted, by and large, by the literary merits of a novel; book-buyers want a good story to take with them on the airplane, something that will first fascinate them, then pull them in and keep them turning the pages.” -- Stephen King