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Reviews:
Archibald's Swiss Cheese Mountain by Sylvia Lieberman
Arkfall by Carolyn Ives Gilman
The Blunder by Joe Kilgore
A Bell for Adano by John Hersey
The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder
The Chinese Orange Mystery by Ellery Queen
The Copenhagen Connection by Elizabeth Peters
Eat, Drink and Be Married by Eve Makis
Forty Days by Jill Smolinski
Four Seasons in Five Senses by David Mas Masumoto
The Going to Bed Book by Sandra Boynton
Hello Piglet! by Muff Singer
Idaho Snapshots by Rick Just
Inside Story by Albert E. Cowdrey
Just Visiting by Nancy Sparling
King, Queen, Knave by Vladimir Nabokov
King of the World by David Remnick
The Last Plague by Glen E. Page
Lifeguard by James Patterson and Andrew Gross
Marvin K. Mooney Will Please Go! by Dr. Seuss
The Mental Environment by Bob Gebelein
Moscow Rules by Daniel Silva
Night Train to Memphis by Elizabeth Peters
Nine Whispered Opinions Regarding the Alaskan Secession by George Guthridge
Peachblossom by Eleanor Frances Lattimore
Picnic at Pentecost by Rand B. Lee
Ookpik by Bruce Hiscock
Quondam by Jayel Gibson
Run! Run! by John Aikin
Salad for Two by Robert Reed
Search Continues for Eldery Man by Laura Kasischke
Shed That Guilt! Double Your Productivity by Michael Swanwick and Eileen Gunn
Small Worlds by Gretchen Laskas
Templeton Turtle Goes Exploring by Ron Pridmore
The Twenty Dollar Bill by Elmore Hammes
The Uncertainty Principle by Lynda Curnyn

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5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

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Comments for The Mental Environment

The Mental EnvironmentThe Mental Environment: 09/30/08

The Mental Environment (Mostly About Mind Pollution) by Bob Gebelein on the surface looks like an interesting examination of the mind and how outside forces influences the thought process. I was eager to read the book as it is on topic with my senior thesis in college. If only the book lived up to expectations!

The book is divided into five parts: Introduction, The Mind, Mind Pollution, The Camps, and Conclusions. There is also an extensive bibliography that is full of much better written books. The Introduction Gebelein attempts to define his terms and lay the foundation of this book. He talks about social groups and the "brainwashing" that might or might-not be happening.The Mind is mostly Gebelein's personal diary of a lifetime of trying to hear himself think. He has lengthy passages of dream analysis (his of course) and other jotted thoughts from his readings of Freud and Jung.

I have to admit that I lost interest in the third section: Mind Pollution. There is only so much introspection one can take. The Mental Environment may be the result of a lifetime of work and research but it reads like it was written by a twenty-something who hasn't quite recovered from the traumatic teenage years.

Read other reviews of this book at Authors' Den and Reader Views.

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