Nate Silver – The Signal and the Noise

Many people were shocked after Donald Trump won the United States presidential elections of 2016. They were fooled by false sense of security, supported by many mainstream poll and prediction sites forecasting Hillary Clinton to win. But how could the pollsters be so wrong? And how is it possible to improve future predictions? These are some of the questions, the book The Signal and the Noise wants to answer.

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Dane Huckelbridge – Castle of Water

The survival on a stranded island is a commonly used theme in fiction. Be it in TV Shows like Lost or books like Robinson Crusoe or Lord of the Flies, this theme enriches the imaginative power of both the audience and the authors. Dane Huckelbridge is an American author who mostly publishes smaller essays for journals and magazines. Castle of Water is his debut novel in which two fundamentally different characters have to survive on a small deserted island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

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Visual Overhaul + Future Plans

To celebrate the 10th post, I decided to give my blog a visual facelift. The header image, the background and the site icon changed to achieve a better representation of an actual library. I hope you like the new design.

Currently I’m working on two more posts. One will review the book Castle of Water, the other will be another Star Wars discussion. But this time I will be writing about the most recent movies, The Force Awakens and Rogue One.

The posts will be published in July/August, so stay tuned!

How good is the series American Gods?

Neil Gaiman is a famous British fantasy and mystery author. Besides best-selling novels, he has also written many screenplays and comics. American Gods is one of his well-known works and was published in 2001. I was really happy when I heard the news that the network Starz made a TV series this year. The first season includes 8 episodes, a second season will be published next year. After binge-watching the first season, I am now able to make a verdict. Did Starz succeed with their book adaptation?

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Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner – Freakonomics

What has the legalization of abortion to do with the crime drop rate in the late 1990s? Nothing, you might think at first. The authors of the book Freakonomics would argue against your thought. Steven Levitt is a professor of economics at the University of Chicago. Stephen Dubner is a journalist working for ABC News and The New York Times. They met at an interview and decided to work together on several books. This book was a result of their productive cooperation.

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Choice of Games – The Great Tournament

In a time when videogames are as expansive and as time-consuming to produce like Hollywood blockbusters, text-based games appear to be out of time. Choice of Games LLC, a small company from California, want to convince players from the opposite. They are specialized on interactive smartphone games. The Great Tournament, a 180,000 word interactive fantasy novel, is one of their hosted games.

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Robert A. Dahl – On Democracy

Democracy is not a new invention. During 600 C.E. to 1000 C.E. the Vikings hold meetings called Ting. There they settled disputes, discussed, accepted or rejected laws and even decided to change their religion (from the old Norse religion to Christianity). Later, they created a kind of supra-Ting, a National Assembly called Althing. Other historic examples of democratically ruled societies are the city-states of ancient Greece, ancient Rome (before the reign of Julius Caesar) and some Italian cities during the Middle Ages. But in which aspects do they differ from today’s democracy? What are the key elements of democracy and what challenges do they have to face?

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