Wednesday, November 10, 2004

Pandora's Star review

I finally finished Pandora’s star and It was really great. It is a total immersion ride, which takes us all across this new universe; rendered almost life like by Mr.Hamilton detailed descriptions of these numerous worlds, cultures and histories.

Even more, the characters are so well made, that I fell in love with everyone of the protagonist, the good guys and the bad guys alike -If you could qualify any of these characters as such- I could even understand the aliens’ point of view!

The story builds up slowly, but steadily- I could hardly put the book down in the last couple of hundreds pages- but all the strands of the tale are most interesting and entertaining, furthermore they give an abundance of background info on the societies, culture and humans of that universe.

Once more, Mr. Hamilton has constructed a magnificent space opera, with many believable scientific contraption, entrancing characters and thrilling plot lines. I can’t wait for the next installment.

Pandora's Star is a Science Fiction novel by PETER F. HAMILTON

Thursday, November 04, 2004

My courses

I thought that I will give a brief overview of the courses I am tacking this semester At the American University of Beirut (AUB). I am tacking three undergraduate courses in Political Studies, in preparation to begin my masters studies next year (I will still have to take two more undergraduate courses next semester) the courses are:

PSPA 201 Introduction to Political Science: It is a general introduction course that covers concepts such as power, authority, state, and so on. This course is quite interesting, and if it wasn’t at 9:00 in the morning it would have been more enjoyable. However the professor (Karim Makdisi) is interesting and all in all I feel I am learning a lot from him.

PSPA 203 Research Methodology: This course focus on research methods and theories. It a bit boring and the professor does no effort to lighten it up. However it is not a total waste, the strict methodology of research we are learning cannot but be helpful in any future project.

PSPA 210 Survey of Political Philosophy: This course is my favorite. It covers the great political thinkers from Plato to Marx. We discuss each thinker political theories, and compare him to the other. The professor (Shafik Masri) is really good and interesting, without being boring .

All in all my course are quiet informative and enjoyable, and most importantly I am learning a lot.

Link to AUB web site: WWW.AUB.EDU.LB