childrens books

  • Book: 'Mommas little boy' A real life bed time story caught inbetween the meeting of a brown bear family and a little boy. By Mike Koontz.




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    Short story ( One Evening Bed time read)
    This is one of the many short stories that people tell each other countless of times in various of ways.
    And like some of those fictional stories, this one also happens to be based on actual every day event that took place in Sweden, the summer of 1850.

    Like many other such events, real or imaginary, it might change a tiny bit with each generation re telling it in their very own way (this particular event was for instance once made famous as a Swedish children's song, 'Mors lilla Olle', by Alice Tegner, as well as a poem by Wilhelm von Braun).
    But at its core I am sure its every iteration remain quite faithful towards what actually happened that summers day when the little boy named Olle befriended a wild Brown Bear and her two little cubs deep inside that old Swedish forest.

    Enjoy this tale that sprung forth the untamed home of Norse Vikings.

    Photography, and writing by Mike Koontz
    This short bed time story book also includes the original Swedish poem by Swedish poet, Wilhelm von Braum
    2015, a Norse View Imaging and Publishing

  • Book: The Wind in the Willows, a fantastical journey through childhood adventures and kingdom of animals by Kenneth Grahame






    Suitable for all ages, Teens and up
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    Long read Book (Days)
    A classic released early 1900 that takes us all on a wonderful journey amongst the magical kingdom of animals. A wind that blows soft and gentle through the fields of willows where the badger walks with his friends, the water rat and the mole.

    But not all is well and peaceful. There is the wicked weasels that makes life a little bit less enjoyable then it should be for our animal friends.

    As a sidenote, Pink Floyd named their very first album, 'The Piper at the gates of dawn' in 1967 after a chapter in this book.

    Photography, web adaptation, and bonus poem by Mike Koontz
    2017, a Norse View Imaging and Publishing

  • Book: 'The Chimes' is a ghastly short book read by Dickens, suitable for a few dark winter evenings.






    Kid Friendly Stories
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    Shortish Book (Weekend read)
    Dickens first literary expression on Christmas ended up being "A Christmas Carol", this was later followed by a series of short books, amongst them the book you are currently about to devour. 'The chimes' which is a tale of magic and the cycle of years turning yet another page in the midst of winters grasp.

    Enjoy the read and day.

    Photography and web adaptation by Mike Koontz
    2016, a Norse View Imaging and Publishing

  • Book: 'A Christmas Carol' by Dickens






    Kid Friendly Stories
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    Shortish Book (Weekend read)
    Dickens first literary expression on Christmas ended up being "A Christmas Carol", this was later followed by a series of short books, Thackeray wrote of A Christmas Carol, "Who can listen to objections regarding such a book as this? It seems to me a national benefit, and to every man or woman who reads it, a personal kindness."

    Enjoy the read and day.

    Photography and web adaptation by Mike Koontz
    2016, a Norse View Imaging and Publishing

  • Book: 'The Night after xmas, a yule log adventure'. A compilation of short form Winter solstice and Christmas adventures by various authors, including Mike Koontz.






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    Short stories collection (Weekend read)
    Christmas is by many looked upon as a happening of religious meaning. And that is as good a reason to celebrate Christmas as any other. But that was never the only Christmas or even the origin of xmas.

    What the yule day however always was - is your day to enjoy and celebrate as yet another year in the cycle of life completes and starts anew, to enjoy whatever way you enjoy it and to do so no matter who you are,or what you believe in.

    So, merry Christmas and a happy xmas to you all, no matter origin, beliefs, culture and language. Christmas is yours to enjoy your way and for your reasons.

    Some of the following short stories are written by me, while other stories was written by writers that came before me.

    Enjoy the read and day.

    Photography and web adaptation, and in parts, written by Mike Koontz
    2016, a Norse View Imaging and Publishing

  • The Yule Log Adventures - Christmas stories for all






    Kid Friendly Stories
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    Short stories collection (Weekend read)
    Christmas is by many looked upon as a happening of religious meaning, a Christian thing and nothing more according to some. And that is as good a reason to celebrate christmas as any other. But that was never the only Christmas, or even the origin of xmas.

    It´s simply your day to enjoy and celebrate as yet another year in the cycle of life completes and starts anew, to enjoy whatever way you enjoy it and no matter who you are,or what you believe in.

    So, merry Christmas and a happy xmas to you all, no matter origin, beliefs, culture and language. Christmas is yours to enjoy your way and for your reasons.

    So have a good one, without grief, without concern, without bickering and stress. Because you enjoying a pleasant day of giving and recieving. You enjoying life by yourself or with the people you love, that is truly what christmas is about, a celebration of life and the circle of night and day, dark and light. Winter and Summer, solstice, ice and snow and all.

    The Yule log Adventures is simply a collection of xmas stories reflecting that myriad of reasons as to why you should and could celebrate christmas.

    Some are written by me, while other stories was written by writers that came before me.

    Enjoy the read and day.

    Photography and web adaptation, and in parts, written by Mike Koontz
    2015, a Norse View Imaging and Publishing

  • The reluctant Dragon and other stories




    Dip your toes in the tales of three friends, St. George, the reluctant dragon and a young boy. As well as other short and imaginary stories from the mind of Kenneth Grahame.

    Photography, and web adaptation by Mike Koontz , 2015, a Norse View Imaging and Publishing

  • two friends, thick as thieves




    One of many short stories that people have told each other, sometimes to pass on knowledge and wisdom, other times to foster good thinking and morals amongst the little ones. Some times for laughs and fears, as ghost stories, as prejudice, or warning examples.
    The reasons are as many as there has been story tellers and good night stories to be read. This is one of those, and like all others like it, it changes with each generation re telling it, but at it´s core I am sure it remains quite the same as it was when whomever it was first told it.

    Enjoy this tale that sprung forth the deep rabbit hole

    Photography and web adaptation by Mike Koontz , 2015, a Norse View Imaging and Publishing

  • in the land of Faries




    One of many short stories that people have told each other, sometimes to pass on knowledge and wisdom, other times to foster good thinking and morals amongst the little ones. Some times for laughs and fears, as ghost stories, as prejudice, or warning examples.
    The reasons are as many as there has been story tellers and good night stories to be read. This is one of those, and like all others like it, it changes with each generation re telling it, but at it´s core I am sure it remains quite the same as it was when whomever it was first told it.

    Enjoy this tale from old days.

    Photography and web adaptation by Mike Koontz , 2015, a Norse View Imaging and Publishing

  • a Watch, a Snake, dog and Cat




    One of many short stories that people have told each other, sometimes to pass on knowledge and wisdom, other times to foster good thinking and morals amongst the little ones. Some times for laughs and fears, as ghost stories, as prejudice, or warning examples.
    The reasons are as many as there has been story tellers and good night stories to be read. This is one of those, and like all others like it, it changes with each generation re telling it, but at it´s core I am sure it remains quite the same as it was when whomever it was first told it.

    Enjoy this tale from the land of fairies and magical things.

    Photography and web adaptation by Mike Koontz , 2015, a Norse View Imaging and Publishing

  • A tale of the Caliph




    One of many short stories that people have told each other, sometimes to pass on knowledge and wisdom, other times to foster good thinking and morals amongst the little ones. Some times for laughs and fears, as ghost stories, as prejudice, or warning examples.
    The reasons are as many as there has been story tellers and good night stories to be read. This is one of those, and like all others like it, it changes with each generation re telling it, but at it´s core I am sure it remains quite the same as it was when whomever it was first told it.

    Enjoy this tale from the middle east.

    Photography and web adaptation by Mike Koontz , 2015, a Norse View Imaging and Publishing

  • Of fairies and lore




    One of many short stories that people have told each other, sometimes to pass on knowledge and wisdom, other times to foster good thinking and morals amongst the little ones. Some times for laughs and fears, as ghost stories, as prejudice, or warning examples.
    The reasons are as many as there has been story tellers and good night stories to be read. This is one of those, and like all others like it, it changes with each generation re telling it, but at it´s core I am sure it remains quite the same as it was when whomever it was first told it.

    Enjoy this tale from Spain.

    Photography and web adaptation by Mike Koontz , 2015, a Norse View Imaging and Publishing

  • Book: 'Three voices' a short poem by Lewis Carroll






    Kid Friendly Stories
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    Short story (coffee break bite)
    Another poetic duo perfectly made for a coffee break bite by Lewis Carroll. Suitable for those times while you patiently wait for your coffee to cool down.

    Enjoy the read and day.

    Photography and web adaptation by Mike Koontz
    2016, a Norse View Imaging and Publishing

  • Book: 'A sea dirge', poetry by Lewis Carroll, perfect short story read for your commute.






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    Short story (coffee break bite)
    A ghastly coffee break bite poem x 2, by Lewis Carroll. Suitable for those times while you patiently wait for your coffee to cool down.

    Enjoy the read and day.

    Photography and web adaptation by Mike Koontz
    2016, a Norse View Imaging and Publishing

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Last Few Published Books and Articles

  • Short story: 'The Gateway Earth Chaebol, 2028AD'. a short stand alone sci-fi story from the near future book universe 2028AD created by Mike Koontz.

    Quality time needed: 14 minutes


    The Gateway Earth Chaebol
    A 2028AD stand alone sci-fi short story.



    'The Musk colony' as it was informally called could right now be thought of as a real but still very challenged success simply because the fleet had actually managed to reach their destination and somewhat to his own surprise, the entire fleet was still operational, bruised but functional.
    And considering how space travel and logistics had been prone to so many errors in the decades leading up to their unparalleled launch, the fact that they were all here, it was nothing but amazing. Taken for granted by the crew, by now at least, but still nothing but amazing.

    And while it was true, that they still had not actually put any human feet on the ground. Or even landed a single ship or UAV.
    We had reached our destination.

  • Warfare by Megaponera analis. A day in the life of termites and ants and what it can tell us about the importance of Earth day, science and fact based education.

    Quality time needed: 9 minutes


    Warfare by Megaponera analis.
    The Science of healthy living.



    They came marching in at dawn, shoulder to shoulder they formed long winding columns of wordless but well-armed soldiers in gleaming dark armor that stretched as long as the eye could see. 500 men passed us by with the rising sun painting the light of this new day behind their backs. But this would not be a day of peaceful tranquility under the light of the rising sun, instead, the sun rose up from beneath the horizon as the herald of war and death in what we all knew would turn out be just another day in their relentless campaign.

  • Healthy living: The bad health curse of smoking, almost 7 million dead people and 150 million health related issues in one year due to smoking.

    Quality time needed: 5 minutes


    150 million health related issues in one year.
    The Science of healthy living.



    Almost 7 million dead people around the world in one single year ( 2015 ), due to smoking.
    Making it account for 11.5% of worldwide deaths during 2015.
    Out of the roughly 7 million dead people, 52.2% lived in four countries, China, India, the USA, and Russia.

    13 countries, Australia, Brazil, China, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Iceland, Kenya, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, and the USA have showed significant year-to-year rates of decline of smoking between 1990 and 2015.

    But while an increasingly lower percentage of the global population keep up with the filthy and unhealthy habit of smoking, as time goes by due to our global population increase the total number of smokers is still going up, and it is now close to 1 billion people!.

  • This is a story of salt: The female perspective, your health and the 2.5 million people that die worldwide every single year due to excessive salt consumption.

    Quality time needed: 12 minutes


    A story of salt, the outcome, your health & the female picture.
    The Science of healthy living.



    Let us start from the tail of the end. Because we all know that every good tale comes equipped with an end that makes the rest of the story worth reading.
    And as such, the developing story of salt is a story of the roughly 2.5 million deaths around the world which could be prevented each year if global salt consumption was to be reduced below the recommended levels.

  • Health: A life of health and fitness is in truth exactly like a game of chess.

    Quality time needed: 5 minutes


    A life of fitness is a game of chess.
    The Science of healthy living.



    When it comes down to health and fitness, and the cerebral battlefield of chess the simple truth is that they are very much alike.
    There are no unearthly and illogical surprises waiting in the dark of night that will upend and change the actual fabric of the landscape.
    Your opponent can not cast fiery magic and summon demons from the netherworld to do their bidding.
    Instead what we have is a beautifully defined field of known and still developing, yet for now, unknown for you and me facts and variables, and the vast amount of personal choices those known, but evolving facts allows us to make.

    And at every step of that personal journey, chess and fitness will leave you standing as the sole commander, at a vast field made up of pure facts and deductive knowledge and the cause and consequences that every single choice will give birth to.

  • MMA and 'The People that Bleed': Meet Brad Picket.

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    The People that bleed
    UFC fighter Brad Picket



    'The people that bleed' is our own label for a series of videos, all produced by UFC, that I feel show us a more real and nuanced, intimate perhaps view of the actual soul and personality of the real human being that makes up the flesh and bone, heart and thoughts behind the bravado and attitude of the MMA fighter persona.

    In this 9 minutes long video, we get to meet Brad Picket (25-14 MMA, 5-9 UFC), a tiny blue collar sized UK based fighter whom retired after his final UFC fight on march 18, 2017 against Brandon Vera.

  • Health & Fitness: The unhealthy reality of the MMA style weight cut. A BBC documentary.

    Quality time needed: 7 minutes


    The Unhealthy Practice of MMA weight cutting
    The Science of a Healthy Life



    For most people getting a bit more fit, and healthy by eating cleaner food and less calories and working out more is a great life improving choice.
    And for most, that will lead to health improving reductions in unhealthy body fat levels and body weight. But as we previously talked about in another article, when you are already in shape, rocking a fit and toned body, eating healthy amounts of healthy food, doing weights and cardio, there comes a limit where dropping even more in body weight and body fat becomes damaging and unhealthy instead of health and fitness improving.

    And beyond that basic reality, you have the insanity of MMA and Boxing weight cuts that far to many pro fighters go through just so they can fight in a weight class that they are to athletic and big to actually be fighting in.
    I am saying that because MMA style weight cutting is not something that anyone interested in health and fitness should ever do.
    Period.

    Neither should pro fighters in my own opinion. In a ideal world you would be the only one doing MMA style weight cuts, allowing you to fight people 20 to 30 lbs smaller than you, with much shorter leg and arm reach, 20+lbs less muscle mass and all the disadvantage that would give them in strength, endurance, strike impact and absorption.
    But you see, when every other fighter do the same weight cut, no one benefits, and everybody suffers from the exact same detrimental and unhealthy exhaustion that MMA style weight cuts are. With less fitness come fight night and potentially worse health for the long haul as the only real result.

  • Health & Fitness: Daily Milk, Fruit and Vegetable consumption, in relation to your mortality rate and health.

    Quality time needed: 10 minutes


    Dairy for the fit and healthy guidelines
    The Science of a Healthy Life



    Time and science continually march forward, and that is a thing of utmost beauty. But that simple fact also requires all of us to keep an open mind towards the way we do our own fit and healthy life so that we can continually adapt and improve as we uncover new layers of scientifically established health and fitness knowledge, and at times, accept that new health and fitness science-based knowledge might force us to change direction and toss out old established "truths".

    So today we find ourselves in a brave new world where a comprehensive Swedish study covering the health impact of daily dairy and fruit consumption ended up giving us so much new scientifically based knowledge about our health and food choices that the time has come to update our "dairy for the fit and healthy guidelines".

    Organic and sugar-free yogurt is still with us, while milk is completely tossed to the side, yes even lactose-free milk gets the boot out my door.
    Why you might ask?
    Well, the answer is simply put science baby, adapt or die :).

    Milk is as far as we understand it right now causing real health issues over time that simply do not happen when you consume sugar-free yogurt or no dairy at all.
    This Swedish study involved close to 200 000 people, and the accumulated data over several years indicates that a high milk consumption shortens individuals life span through increased oxidative stress and inflammation caused by that daily milk consumption.
    And as such milk has to go since yogurt provides all the same high-quality nutrition as milk and thus, all the benefits of dairy can be met through organic, sugar-free yogurt without risking the by now, strongly implicated long-term health issues associated with drinking milk.

  • Science: The Euphoric Flight of Creativity and what hides inside our mind.

    Quality time needed: 3 minutes


    The Essence of Creativity, Hides Inside our Minds
    The Science of a Healthy Life



    The Cerebellum inside our individual selfs will dance its very best only to its own bidding. Hidden away, inside and behind the curtain of what we consider our conscious thoughts, our "little brain" powers on with magnificent poise.

    The small, behind the scene part of what we think of as our brain, is despite its small size (The Cerebellum makes up about 10% of homo sapiens total brain volume) commandeering the majority of our brains neurons.

  • Science: Air Pollution and dementia. Global pollution and unhealth, and the link to mortality rates for children under 5.

    Quality time needed: 7 minutes


    Air Pollution and our health
    The factual Science of a Healthy Life, updated with WHO data, march 2017



    Science continually spits out more reasons in a never ending string as to why anyone interested in their own health and body should also be caring for a sustainable society and world.
    As if it is not already bad enough with modern day life´s annoying sidekick, air pollution, causing cancer, asthma and respiratory diseases and crazy smog in a growing number of cities. We can now add dementia to the list of unpleasant and unhealthy effects that life in any unsustainable society will cause through air pollution.


    Swedish researchers at Umeå University have uncovered compelling evidence for a direct link between air pollution and dementia. The run down is that if you happen to live in an area that leaves you exposed to air pollution you will run a 40 percent greater risk of developing Alzheimer's disease and vascular dementia compared to if you would have chosen to live in a city with healthier air and environment.

  • Book: "Legend of the Stone Cutter'', is a short fantasy adaptation of a man that wished for ever more . Originally written by the authors Brother Grimm with minor writing by Mike Koontz. This is an 1 hour long bed time read.




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    The legend of the stone cutter is often thought of as a Japanese folktale. But there are also seeds of pagan Europe and other parts of Asia in its many origins and crossroads.

    It weaves the tale of a poor man, plagued with unhappiness for his own lot in life. This man worked as a highly skilled but poorly paid stonecutter, and one day he simply came to the conclusion that enough was enough and that he deserved so much more than who he was. His wish for transformative change came to be through the aid of a supernatural being, and with that his greedy appetite for a world of ever more was awoken, until one day he had come full circle and reached a state of peace with himself.
    Written by no one, and everyone.
    Before this slightly altered version, the German authors Brothers Grimm put their thoughts to the pen, but you also had the Scottish author Andrew Lang writing his very own version of the stone cutter. And there have been countless of Asian authors and Nordic ones throughout history, before and after the Brothers Grimm. And as such, I am sure, many others that told their own version of this old folktale, because like the wind, this is an ageless story about life and man, and like the wind I am sure that it will both transform and stay the same for thousands of years to come.
    Enjoy the read!.

    Photography and web adaptation and minor writing by Mike Koontz
    2017, a Norse View Imaging and Publishing

  • Book: "The Juniper Tree'', is a short fantasy crime drama about a family murder and rebirth. Written by the authors Brother Grimm . This is an 1 hour long 'monster under the bed' bed time read.




    Kid Friendly but spooky "monster under the bed" read.
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    Short story (One Evening Bed time read)
    Juniper tree is one of more then 200 collected fictional fantasy stories from the Brothers Grimm, and like most of those stories they are in turn somewhat based on older myths and lore, and other fairy tales from around the world, and at times the two brothers own previous work.
    The original translation was made by Margaret Taylor
    Enjoy the read!.

    Photography and web adaptation by Mike Koontz
    2017, a Norse View Imaging and Publishing

  • Book: "Dalyrimple'', is a short crime drama about the wayward dreams we all can weave at every crossroad. Written by author F Scott Fitzgerald. This is an 1 hour long bed time read.




    Suitable for teens and up. Explicit storytelling and events.
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    Dalyrimple tells the tale of young "Bryan Dalyrimple" that straight out of war tries his hands at his first real job embarking on a wayward journey before hopefully finding his way.
    Enjoy the read!.

    Photography and web adaptation and minor writing: Mike Koontz
    2017, a Norse View Imaging and Publishing

  • Healthy living: When protein face off with protein, what comes out on top? Red meat, plants, nuts, dairy?. And how will it impact health, strength and even the effects of old age.

    Quality time needed: 6 minutes


    Meat vs Plant when Protein gets to battle Protein & age.
    The Science of a healthy Life



    In a recently published study, we got to take a pretty comprehensive look at nearly 3,000 men and women all aged between 19 and 72.
    The study participants complete protein intake as well as all the various protein and food sources they consumed was measured. Including various dairy products, red meat and the healthier fish & chicken and plant-based protein sources. Beyond that the study also made sure to measure each participants lean muscle mass, their bone density, and individual strength.

    The takeaway?.
    When looking at the complete study, it was evident ( and to no surprise ) that the less protein you consumed the lower amount of muscle mass and strength. But to the surprise of some, the type of protein each person favored did not have any impact on their strength and musculoskeletal health, and there were no differences based on gender or age group.

    So keep active, eat healthy and make sure to include enough protein, and yeah, skip that red meat based protein right away because it provides zero health and fitness benefit for anyone.

  • Book: "Morella'', a short descent down the haunting hallways of Edgar Allan Poe´s maze like mind. Written by author Edgar Allan Poe. 20 minute coffee break bite sized snack.




    Suitable for teens and up. Explicit storytelling and events.
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    Let us describe the short coffee break bite sized story Morella with Edgars own words.
    "I kept no reckoning of time or place, and the stars of my fate faded from heaven, and therefore the earth grew dark, and its figures passed by me like flitting shadows, and among them all I beheld only — Morella"
    Enjoy!.

    Photography and web adaptation: Mike Koontz
    2017, a Norse View Imaging and Publishing

  • Space & Science: The flight across the black void and Kaguyas observations of Earth and the way we shower our lunar friend with oxygen.

    Quality time needed: 7 minutes


    On continuous gusts of solar wind mixed with terrestrial ions Earth shower the moon with earthborn oxygen
    The Science of Life



    Outside our blue wonders shielded atmosphere, the coldness of space is filled with the burning solar wind. The dust and speckles of stars, radiation, vacuum and alien stuff like dark matter and gigantic black holes. It is a marvel of glorious destruction and life that continuously mix and merge outside our calm home, organic chaos tearing down and building new life things across the vastness of time and our Universe.

    And amongst it all, somehow, each month, Earth fires up its magnetic shields as we position ourselves between the sun and the moon, and for five whole day´s we Earthlings shower our cute little friend with Earthbound oxygen and organic matter.
    In other words, we colonize and shape the very fabric of the alien entity we call the moon with Earthborn biological life and air, organic matter traveling from our blue marble all the way to the moon through the dark void on the winds of the sun.

  • The global Environment Performance Index: Scandinavia sweeps the top 4 as the worlds best.

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    Environmental Performance Index
     Scandinavia leads the world
    The Science of a healthy life

     

    2016 years Environmental Performance Index tells us in one more way, what we already know, and that is that Scandinavia is one hell of a wonderful place to live. The world's four best nations according to the index are all Scandinavians with Finland, Iceland, and Sweden being the only 3 nations in the world with an EPI score above 90.
    ( All three still have plenty of room to improve much more, and obviously do need to improve much more. )
    And just behind that trio, ranked as number four in the world is Denmark. So, just what is the Environmental Performance Index? Read on to find out.

  • Book: "1984''. Part 3 of 3 in this nightmarish dystopian world by author George Orwell.




    Suitable for teens and up. Explicit storytelling and events.
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    Weekend read (Three Nights Bed time read)
    In the age of Donald Trumps alternative facts and war on science, perhaps George Orwell will turn out to be quite the oracle.
    Enjoy this dystopian read!.
    If you missed part 1 and 2, you can start reading the story from the beginning here.

    Author, George Orwell. Photography and web adaptation: Mike Koontz
    2017, a Norse View Imaging and Publishing

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