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The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco--Very Important and Well-written Historical Fiction

Genius on every page, one of those classics that will live forever in those who read it.  The first historical fiction I read; made me want to do it myself.  Gets you caught up in Roger Bacon, etc., whether you're normally nerdy like that or not.  Total immersion in the time.  The mystery itself is well-told, as well.  The best thing about it is that the core of the mystery is inherent on the era, the beliefs, and the superstitions of the people alive at the time.  Some very strong things to say about freedom, censorship, and the importance of BOOKS!  Yes!  And not just the reading of them, which anyone with a screen of any kind can do today.  The impetus here is on ownership, on the freedom to read, to know for oneself.  There are so many good, fundamental issues covered here that I cannot go into them all without seeming like a blubbering fool, but suffice it to say that it covers the issues of its time in a very non-preachy way, and the reader understands that the issues addressed are not just for that time, but for all times.

Books.  Ideas.  Freedom.  Access to knowledge.  (Remember that back then only those involved with the Church could read at all, and only the churches, monasteries and universities had access to books--outside of the very rich, of course.)  The right to learn.  The right to know.  The right to learn on your own, because only those with the books and the ability to read them have access to information, and only those people could dispense that information--as they saw fit--to everyone else.

Very important book.  Superior wit, intelligence and skill on every page.  Read this one, no matter what genre you normally like.  If any of the above issues are important to you--or if you just like a very intelligent read--you owe it to yourself to get this book and read it.  It'll stay with you.

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I believe in the value of books also

I want you to know I really appreciate your blogs and am a real fan. I read my first book at 7 and later learning about the book and writer has been interesting. Also I read a book of poems around that time and was deeply moved by it.

Being 46 years old and never touched a computer until around 1989 with the exception of a little library stuff and not seriously until 1996 around the time I got my first email account. I have always read constantly and love books.

I can not imagine a life without books and the wonderful people who write them and the businesses. Hopefully books don't go the way of manufacturing etc.. By the way if I run across the book you mention I will try and get it.

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You're Steve Jobs Compared to Me

Thanks for saying that you appreciate my blogs and that you're a real fan. I'll count on you to buy a copy of my published book someday! :-) Hopefully the one I'm working on now, as the other ideas expressed here and at www.stevenebelanger.blogspot.com take a backseat for now. I think this one can really get me published. Fingers crossed!

Believe it or not, you've been emailing a LOT longer than I have. Hell, I just got a cell phone about 3 years ago. Not even. I've been emailing seriously for about...7, maybe 8 years. I really rebelled. I still drive a 1995 Hyundai Accent. Just installed a CD player in that baby a couple of years ago. I swear. You're Bill Gates compared to me.