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Posted October 17, 2013
In the Nook version, the "Chapters" function under the Content (Parallel Lines Icon) didn't work. I tried it on Simple Touch, HD+, and Nook for PC ). However, the Highlight and Book Mark features worked normally. The built in table of contents between the cover and page two took me to the correct locations on all three Nooks, but was hard to see on the Simple Touch display. I normally fail to see typos; but, a some cases of miss scanned letters did manage to catch my attention. I had not heard of Olaf Stephendon until I ran across a reference while reading Parallel Worlds by Micheo Kaku (An excellent book). Checking Olaf's background, I learned that he was a philosopher who wrote science fiction and that Last and First Man was first published in about 1930. It is an unfortunate temporal inconvenience that Olaf could not have Kaku's Parallel Worlds before writing Last and First Man; however, I enjoyed the seeing the difference 80 years of scientific investigation have made. I expected a slow moving protagonist-less book infused with philosophical perspective and was not disappointed. It raises many philosophical topics and resolves none; but seeds many thoughts to ruminate on while and after reading. I purchased a copy of Olaf's Star Maker at the same time. Having heard that Star Maker makes reference to things discussed in Last and First Man; I chose to read the, harder to find, and less famous book first. Last and First Man is pretty much like I expected. Having read it first will probably enhance my experience of reading the more famous Star Maker.
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