The Physicists by Friedrich Dürrenmatt

Publication Date: October 7, 2010

 

Friedrich Dürrenmatt The Physicists playThe Physicists was written by the author, Friedrich Dürrenmatt in 1961. Dürrenmatt is a twentieth-century, Swiss playwright, novelist and essayist who is renowned for his philosophical crime novels (The Inspector Barlach Mysteries: The Judge and His Hangman and Suspicion) as well as in his satiric, tragic-comic dramas that are centered around post-World War II. The Physicists is his first classically constructed work and is generally considered his best play. It deals with the ethics of science. In 1963, the play was performed worldwide and was finally staged in New York in 1964. If you don’t mind spoilers, continue reading.

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Rabid Reader’s Book List for Human Rights Day 2017

This year again, Rabid Reader’s Reviews presents a list of books dealing with human rights. In light of the events, human rights violations have increased and become a pressing issue worldwide.

 

To Live Out Loud: A Novel by Paulette Mahurin

Review quotes:

“There’s an electricity of fear and suspicion in the people. It was believed that Dreyfus would be a traitor because he was a Jew.”

“To Live Out Loud is an outstanding work of historical fiction and a must-read for everyone, especially those interested in the history of human rights violations.” 

Read the complete To Live Out Loud: A Novel by Paulette Mahurin review here.

 

Stonewall: The Riots that sparked the Gay Revolution

Stonewall: The Riots That Sparked the Gay Revolution by David Carter

Review quotes:

“What is revealed is a deeply complex story steeped in the underworld and the use of gay culture as a money-making endeavor via blackmail.”

“There are no unnecessary dramatizations. The sourced information and interviews stand on their own as a poignant testament to a people who were done with being stepped on at a whim and were ready to stand and be who they are.”

“At a weighty 349 pages, Stonewall: The Riots That Sparked the Gay Revolution is an investment, and it’s an important read for anyone interested in the Human Rights Movement.”

Read the complete Stonewall: The Riots That Sparked the Gay Revolution by David Carter review here.

 

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

Review quotes:

“The story of Henrietta Lacks is an important one. Her cells were harvested to make advancements in science and henceforward the health of humanity.”

“The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is a must read for people interested in the racial politics of the medical world in the 1050s, the science of genetic research and the question of ethics of personal rights vs. the greater good. Pick it up this Human Rights Day and find out more about the most famous unknown woman in scientific research.”

Read the complete The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot review here.

 

Friedrich Dürrenmatt The Physicists play

The Physicists by Friedrich Dürrenmatt

Review quotes:

“In Möbius we find a scientist who is concerned about his discovery and tries to take a responsible ethic approach because he distrusts governments and society in so far as to do the right thing. And he is not wrong.”

“The now-permanent coalition of the military and mass industry Eisenhower observed, was at that point predictable. It is debatable that military-industrial complex exists for the purpose of being ready for war at all times can lead to a situation in which even peace implies a state of war.”

Read the complete The Physicists by Friedrich Dürrenmatt review here.

 

Twelve Days in May by Larry Brimner

Twelve Days in May: Freedom Ride 1961

Review quotes:

“Twelve Days In May: Freedom Ride 1961 is a faultless accounting of an important event in history. The layout of the books makes it appropriate and easily accessible for all ages to delve into the heroes who rose above the inhumanity of history.”

Brimner’s Twelve Days In May: Freedom Ride 1961 is a must read for all Americans. If you have someone who is interested in Civil Rights on your holiday gift-list, be sure to pick up this beautifully formatted book for them or, perhaps, treat yourself.”

Read the complete Twelve Days in May: Freedom Ride 1961 review here.

For more books dealing with human rights and human rights violations, check out our last year’s Rabid Reader’s Book List for Human Rights Day 2016.

 

Stonewall: The Riots That Sparked the Gay Revolution by David Carter

Publication date: May 25, 2010

 

Stonewall: The Riots that sparked the Gay RevolutionFrom June 28 to July 3, 1969, a series of riots broke out at the Stonewall Inn in response to a raid by the New York Police Vice Squad Public Morals Division.

 

 

 

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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

Release Date: February 2, 2010

 

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca SklootIn 1951, Tobacco Farmer Henrietta Lacks died of cervical cancer. Before her death, cervical cells were harvested without her consent and became the first human cells to grow in a lab. They would grow an entire generation of new cells in a 24-hour period. Over the years those cells, known as HeLa to scientists, became a hot commodity in the scientific world standing at the forefront of some of the greatest medical breakthroughs, but Henrietta Lacks remained largely unknown. Unknown—until her daughter started looking to find out more about the mother she’d never known.

 

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Poolside with Brett by David D’Aguanno

Release Date: October 30, 2017

 

Poolside with Brett by David D'AguannoIt’s the 80s in New Jersey, the age of excess. Big hair, hard drugs and lots of sex and one man who is acing the era is Private Investigator, Brett Cornell. He’s winning big and has attracted the attention of an exotic beauty who wants to feature him in one of her adult films and a wealthy woman has hired him to find her husband. Seems like life is going well until Brett finds the missing husband in the trunk of his car. Is someone trying to set him up? Brett must solve the case to get back to his charmed life.

Poolside with Brett is the first book in the Brett Cornell series.

The author gave me a copy of this audiobook in exchange for my review.

 

Brett Cornell is convinced of his brilliance. He has the mustache and the butt to make all of the women swoon. People are there for at his pleasure and if he can use them to his advantage, all the better. He is the absolute best at what he does but is not above taking a job that he sees as mostly a joke. Brett is completely obnoxious and treats his secretary as an object of derision and convenient sexual release. Sounds like a pretty awful guy, right? The draw of Poolside with Brett is how consistently awful he is as a character. Waiting for his “come to Jesus” moment? Well, that’s not happening but this ridiculous loudmouth will keep you engaged in his story where not everything comes up roses for Brett. I’d read another book in the series and remembered him not coming off as the most credible of narrators, but think that’s what makes reading him fun. He’s completely delusional but very consistent in that delusion.

Word of advice, don’t listen to Poolside with Brett during the school pick up. The story is told in Brett’s voice and he can be a bit raw edged. I listened to the first chapter or so at the gym and then made the mistake of having it on in the car. Thankfully, I have an older child but caught it quick when he got a little blue. I’d like to emphasize that he only got a little graphic. If your child watches any 14+ shows, it won’t be shocking for them. Brett is very much the classic Private Dick that one might remember from 80s television with the freedom to be a bit uncensored. Brett’s humor is also a product of its time. Brett is hugely misogynistic and a bit homophobic which will likely bother some readers.

In a sense, D’Aguanno has given us a bit of a living time capsule in Brett. The story flows well and, as is typical with first books, has our protagonist with a personal investment in his case. He’s facing a murder charge so where this character might normally walk away, he’s unable to do so if he wants to continue breathing free air. The story is realistic and all strings are tied together. There are no magical too easy solutions coming from David D’Aguanno. Brett Cornell is a classic gumshoe with a bit of an undesirable edge and he is a character you will either love or hate.

May I suggest trying Brett in the audiobook format? Narrator Travis Henry Carter is nothing short of brilliant voicing the main character. His vocal stylings of the characters highlight that Poolside with Brett is a novel meant to be heard.  There were a lot of laugh out loud lines punctuated by Carter’s take on a New Jersey accent (which sounded authentic to me but then I was raised in Michigan). Carter’s reading style had a natural flow that allowed this listener to get immersed and, without exaggeration, made the time on the elliptical fly. While I love the freedom audiobooks give when doing tasks, not all keep the attention the way Poolside with Brett did.

Pick up the Brett Cornell series, and read it from the start but as a special treat get it on audiobook and then let me know what you thought.

 

 

Read our book review of David D’Aguanno’s Brett Always Wins.

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Title Poolside with Brett
Author David D’Aguanno
Narration  Travis Henry Carter
Length 6 hours and 46 minutes
Released October 30, 2017

 

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The impending Sausage Sandwich of Doom by Kirk St. Moritz

Publication Date: April 30, 2017

 

Kirk_St._Moritz_The_Impending_Sausage_Sandwich_of_DoomElliot Rose is the guy that makes the ghostly events happen on the television show Ghosthunters UK when he runs into a real ghost. Gordon Cole was Hapkito, a popular wrestler in the 80s. Gordon thinks that his return is some higher elevation achieved but what’s really going on?

 

 

 

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Zenka by Alison Brodie

Publication Date: November 6, 2017

 

Zenka by Alison Brodie mystery book review by Rabid Reader's ReviewsZenka is a Hungarian pole dancer that mob boss Jack Murray saved from certain death. When he discovers that he has a son and finds that he’s not everything he could have hoped for, Jack asks Zenka to transform his warm-hearted and weak-spirited son. Will Jack and his son, Nicholas, turn out to be cut from the same cloth?

 

 

 

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Tucker & Dale vs. Evil (2010)

Release Date: December 12, 2010 | DVD Release Date: November 29, 2011

 

Tucker Dale vs. Evil movieTucker (Suburgatory’s Alan Tudyk) and Dale (Tyler Labine, probably best known for Breaker High) purchase their dream vacation home, a lakefront cabin in West Virginia. On the way to the cabin, they come across a group of college students at a gas station, headed out to camp by the lake. Dale approaches Allison (Katrina Bowden of Sex Drive) at the urging of Tucker, who thinks he needs to build self-confidence. Allison and her friends are startled by Tucker and Dale’s hillbilly appearance and what follows is a night of misunderstandings and revenge.

 

 

 

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