21 lessons for the 21st century by Yuval Noah Harari – review

As bit of a new feature I am going to be doing some reviews of non poetry books of note that I have been reading/read recently.

So to kick things off, I would like to tell you about, 21 lessons for the 21st century by Yuval Noah Harari.

 

Book info (sourced from Goodreads):

**FROM THE AUTHOR OF THE MILLION COPY BESTSELLER SAPIENS ** 

Sapiens showed us where we came from. Homo Deus looked to the future. 21 Lessons for the 21st Century explores the present.

How can we protect ourselves from nuclear war, ecological cataclysms and technological disruptions? What can we do about the epidemic of fake news or the threat of terrorism? What should we teach our children?

Yuval Noah Harari takes us on a thrilling journey through today’s most urgent issues. The golden thread running through his exhilarating new book is the challenge of maintaining our collective and individual focus in the face of constant and disorienting change. Are we still capable of understanding the world we have created?

My review:

A fascinating read. It made me feel quite uncomfortable at times, reading something and allowing the words to unplug your mind from the Matrix is a strange feeling.

I enjoyed how the author didn’t shy away from any subjects, no subject is safe as it were, and nor should it be. Everything be it religion or world politics must be open for criticism and dissection.

After putting this book down each evening I pondered on the chapters I had just read, and the ones before that. I am a thinker/day dreamer so I did get lost in my thoughts with this book at times.

A brilliantly written, eye opening book. I would say to everyone, allow yourself to unplugged from the system and give it a go.

A worthy 5 stars.

Book review – Words from an unlikely poet vol.2: Further thoughts by Charlie Hasler

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Charlie had a lot to live up to following his excellent first book of poetry Words from an unlikely poet, you may read my review which awarded it a very worthy five stars.  Volume 2 has some similarities; it is again a slender book of verse and many poems are themed on emotional angst, however I feel this book has a more compact range of expression.

Beginning with the romantically titled ‘Pink Skied City’ which, although not romantic in theme, uses almost romantic language to describe the ordinary.  My interpretation is that it’s a commentary on the banality of life.  Throughout the book Charlie uses great imagery and analogies, with ‘Mind Radio’ standing out.  I really liked the rhythm of the poems ‘Back to One’ and ‘Connected’, I felt the flow resonated well with the message.

Overall, a nicely put together book of poetry.  I will leave you with words…

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Back To The Stars,

No more searching inside the well of excuses,
The well will always be full,
The bucket will always be empty.
Plenty,
There always is, 
Plenty of time to waste,
Until there isn't.
Only hindsight,
Forever hindsight,
Forever waste.
No risks,
No trying,
Only excuses,
Always tomorrow.
Comfortable tomorrow, 
Cozy as a sock,
Warmed and woolen wool,
Perched comfy,
Fat cat comfy,
Old lady winter comfy,
Dying.
Perched on this comfortable not so well and worried wall.
Time stalks the blind, 
Always remembering,
Ticking on.
Listen close,
Hear the tick and tock, 
Ticking and tocking,
Time,
Mine,
Yours,
Ours,
Chiming the excuses away,
Today.
Excuses that line the hindsight wall,
In regretful jars,
Made forever by forever facing mirrors,
Reflected Into the eternal void of,
I, wish and had.
Through hands and open fingers the heart and life slip back,
Back to the stars,
The repeating seed,
The grain,
The ended dust,
Where the only three that matter exist;
Before, 
Once,
Never,
Into the perpetual always yesterday,
Now all rear views,
And lumps in the throat.


Copyright © 2018 Charlie Hasler





Kaleidoscopic Beauty: A Collection of Poetry on Love, Loss and the Beauty of the Natural World (review)

A beautiful collection of rich poems. Gentle and easy to read. I found myself floating from one to the next. I find Karen’s writing a calming experience. I also believe however gentle the words are on the whole that there is real substance and layers to each poem, I think there are even darker layers hidden beneath a lighter exterior. My personal favourite is Broken Dreams, I thought about it a lot after reading, it is very simple but hit me straight between the eyes. Well dissevering of 5 stars and I look forward to reading more of this very talented poets work.

Karen’s fantastic work is available on all Amazon sites.

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Book Review – Words from an Unlikely Poet

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I first came across The Unlikely Poet, Charlie Hasler via his blog right here on WordPress not long after I had began my own poetic journey.  Having downloaded and read Words from an Unlikely Poet many months ago, it’s taken me becoming an author myself (psst did you know I’ve published a book?) to understand the true value of genuine reviews.

I promised Charlie that I’d re-read and review his book, so here it is.


This is an excellent debut collection of poetry from British poet, Charlie Hasler.

In this book the author writes on a spectrum of emotional experiences, from the deepest despair, such as in ‘Dead As January’, to the truest words of love in ‘Bluest Moon Rare’. His words will resonate with many leaving you with hope and inspiration.

It’s difficult to choose a favourite but ‘Astride The In Between’ is simply beautiful, with its…

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