"Consciousness matters. Arguably it matters more than anything. The purpose of this book is to build towards an explanation of just what the matter is."
Nicholas Humphrey begins this compelling exploration of the biggest of big questions with a challenge to the reader, and himself. What's involved in "seeing red"? What is it like for us to see someone else seeing something red? Seeing a red screen tells us a fact about something in the world. But it also creates a new fact - a sensation in each of our minds, the feeling of redness.
In his time, Harry S. Truman was one of the most underrated presidents of the 20th century. Succeeding the charismatic Roosevelt, he was often seen as an uninspiring leader, a poor diplomat and a fumbling politician. He was the first man to authorise the use of nuclear weapons, and was in office at the time when the multiplicity of hopes which arose at the end of the Second World War were inevitably disappointed. Nothing could be further from Roy Jenkins' view of him.
Donovan, a boy of only 12 years, and his best friend, Akenji, are torn from their lives in a small fishing village by a band of barbarians.
Listeners are launched into a world of rune crystals, dawn ages, schools of magic, and five elven factions as Watson creates a mystical world like no other to transport his listeners to. Alayna, an elven commander of the House of Dorandal, orders the others not to harm the "innocents", assuming responsibility for their welfare. While they await orders, Alayna becomes fond of the children, particularly Donovan; when the orders do come, the Rangers find them "far from satisfying"....