The Time Traveler’s Wife

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Damn. How could a book that starts with so much promise end with such a letdown.

I picked up The Time Traveler’s Wife to read on the plane on the way to Miami and didn’t know too much about it other than it is about a guy who inexplicably travels in time throughout different periods in his life. Most of the book has a non-linear narration with the main character bouncing around through the years meeting people from his life including his younger (and sometimes older) self. The author, Audrey Niffenegger does a stellar job at being able to tell such a story without it unravelling. The problem I had with the book is it just seemed to go on a bit too long. About three-quarters of the way through she all but abandoned the non-linear storyline and it becomes almost a pure romance novel. Ewwwwwwwwwww.

Next on the reading list is Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell. And what are you reading?

Daily Dose of Ingersoll

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It’s been awhile and I know a lot of people have missed him 🙂

If we admit that some infinite being has controlled the destinies of persons and peoples, history becomes a most cruel and bloody farce. Age after age, the strong have trampled upon the weak; the crafty and heartless have ensnared and enslaved the simple and innocent, and nowhere, in all the annals of mankind, has any god succored the oppressed.

Man should cease to expect aid from on high. By this time he should know that heaven has no ear to hear, and no hand to help. The present is the necessary child of all the past. There has been no chance, and there can be no interference.

–Robert Green Ingersoll, “The Gods” (1872)

Louisiana gov. signs law that would ban abortions

Another state tries to seize control of a woman’s uterus.

NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) – Louisiana Democratic Gov. Kathleen Blanco signed into law a ban on most abortions, which would be triggered if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns its 1973 ruling legalizing the procedure, a spokesman said on Saturday.

The ban would apply to all abortions, even in cases of rape or incest, except when the mother’s life is threatened. It is similar to a South Dakota law that has become the latest focus of the abortion battle.