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Review: Letters from a Stoic

Letters from a Stoic
Letters from a Stoic by Seneca

My rating: 0 of 5 stars

Seneca certainly liked to write his letters! This is a collection of Seneca’s letters to his friend Lucilius, mostly about Stoicism and how to practice it. I enjoyed them, but I prefer the earlier letters to the ones that seemed to be written towards the end of his life. In the later writing you can see how Seneca would be adapted by Augustine. The older Seneca also seems to lose his nerve and commit himself to the immortality of the soul, rather than accepting the possibility that he might just die.



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Review: Raising Steam

Raising Steam
Raising Steam by Terry Pratchett

My rating: 0 of 5 stars

Bit of a mixed bag, this one. The first two-thirds of the book are strangely flat. The social satire, deft characterization, and engrossing plot line that all mark the earlier books are absent. The humor is shallow (and not that funny), the characters all seem to speak with the same voice, and the scenes are disconnected and require determined effort to get through.

And then, in the final third, a switch is flipped and we are in classic Pratchett mode. If you have come to love them, it’s probably worth getting through. But if you are new to Discworld, I would recommend starting with another book. The first!



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