The fall of giants

It’s the second time I read this book. Or…, not really! I received a translated copy as a Christmas present about three years ago.

I mean…, maybe, you expected me to write about the plot or the novel or characters and so on, but actually, if you think of it, there are hundreds of essays and reviews of the kind cramming on the Internet. Istead, what I consider really relevant is how I read this book.

I’ve learned most of what I know from books, magazines or any other kind of paper manufactured objects: leaflets, newspapers, etc. In fact, I write my posts on a piece of paper before I actually publish them on the Internet. I keep hundreds of books in a shelf but a time goes on, I consider this to be more and more useless.

I have read The fall of giants both from my ebook and my android tablet. Either way is fantastic. More than a thousand books fit into my e-reader and the number of available  and/or accessible books is almost endless.

About the book: it was awesome. Is was amusing, interesting, easy to read, well organised. I really had a good time reading it.

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Unit 4. Between us

  1. Vocabulary.

    Describing people and their emotions. (pinterest board).

  2. Grammar.

    Noun suffixes. (slideshare presentation).

    Noun suffixes. (BBC web page).

  3. Compound adjectives. (Sherton English).
  4. Modal Perfects. (Blue blog note web site).
  5. Connectors of addition. (Website).

 

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Ex-machina

The last film I have watched was Ex-machina, a film that deals with the AI topic. I enjoyed this film a lot even though I did not watch it in English (unfortunately). I obviously watched the dubbed version instead.

The film has got two different settings. On the one hand, and for a very short period of time, we are witnessing a multinational compay office in which the main character seems to work. On the other hand, the same character goes to a remote location where most of the plot evolves. Here we go! That’s the most fascinating stuff about the film: The main character, a young adult of whom we know is a computer geek, meets a robot. This robot, along with other technology breakthroughs provide us with a really deep insight of a futusitic world in which machines acquire self identity and consciousness.

I was even more terrified with the film than with zombie movies because the latter are very predictable. We know what they want and how they try to achieve their goals. The former (I mean, robots) are compeletey unpreditable and their intelligence will be a major asset to bring us round and try and lead us to our own destruction.

I centainly did, I really relished this film. Of course I’d recommend you to spend a few euros and watch this film. I hope you guys and girl liked my review.

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Unit 3

Videos

  1. Describing Technology.
  2. Identifying the main idea of the paragraph.
  3. Describing technology.
  4. Suffixes.
  5. Used to, get used to, get used to.
  6. Future Tenses.
  7. Conversations in English (future tenses).
  8. Converastions in English (phrasal verbs).
  9. Describing a picture.
  10. Descriptive texts.
  11. Informal letters.

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Twelve years a slave

This book is set in the 1840s and 50s in the USA, more specifically between the states of NY and Louisiana. It tells the story of a free African-American man who is taken as a prisioner and kept as a slave for twelve years.

Even though the book follows the chronological course of events in a very tight manner, in my opinion, it is divided into three separate parts. In the first few chapters, we meet an ordinary free man living with his family. We then know that he is an skilled professional who can ven play the violin. Secondly, the bulk of this autobiographical piece of narrative is devoted to a very through and detailed account of his emprisionment years. To end up with, the author includes some official documents and events that helped his liberation.

About the style, I would say that is is written in a quite old fashioned way, but also in a rather plain and comprehensible English. In this biography of himself, he endevours to convey his own feeling and experiences in a way that it is as close to the real story as possible, but he devotes though so many pages to talk about so many places, tasks at work, seasons, memories and situations, that it eventually becomes a very neat piece of literature.

I would strongly recomment this book as a means to understand a little bit more about the evil side of human beings and let History teach us something.

Link to the official trailer of a major Hollywood movie.

Get this free book from Gutenberg Project.

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