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review 2017-08-20 15:14
The Last Alchemist in Paris by Lars Öhrström
The Last Alchemist in Paris: & Other Curious Tales from Chemistry - Lars Ohrstrom

If you've been following my updates, you're probably aware that I find this book to be a bit "scattered". It's not disorganized; it's just that it isn't always immediately apparent where the author is going with a particular story, or how he's going to tie the chemistry into the story, especially if it's a historical anecdote that you had never heard of before. The whole book is a series of stories where the author ties in chemistry to historical anecdotes. He's also not afraid to break out chemical equations and discuss how the three-dimensional shape impacts the reactions that take place.

 

Several of the anecdotes are quite interesting (a few not so much), and I really liked the author's sense of humour. He makes references to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and Agatha Christie, among others. I'd gladly read another book by the author; I'd just hope it to be a little more focused.

 

An example (from page 220) that I feel like quoting:

Thermodynamics, especially chemical thermodynamics, is a fascinating subject, but many students find it difficult. I think part of the problem is that it starts off by stating the obvious in great mathematical detail, which makes everyone fall asleep, and when they wake up again the lecturer is well into partial derivatives with symbols such as S, G, and µ, and it is very difficult to catch up.

 

Make of that what you will; your mileage may vary. :)

 

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review 2017-07-11 18:02
Heat
Heat: Elements of Chemistry (Hypothesis) (Volume 2) - Penny Reid

  Elements of Chemistry, Book 2

I Picked Up This Book Because: Continue the series

The Characters:

Kaitlyn Parker:
Martin Sandeke:

The Story:

In the second installment of Katy and Martin we get to know Martin better and we also get our heart broken. Yes, the inevitable break up happens and I cried my eyes out right along with Katy. The story gets so heartbreaking but I was still compelled to finish.

The Random Thoughts:

-Katy over thinks everything! And it’s beginning to get a bit annoying. (says the overthinker)

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4 Stars

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review 2017-06-28 22:20
Attraction: Elements of Chemistry #1
Attraction: Elements of Chemistry (Hypothesis) (Volume 1) - Penny Reid

Hypothesis, Book 1.1

I Picked Up This Book Because: It was a Kindle freebie.

The Characters:

Martin Sandeke: Strong, possessive and a “jerk-face”
Kaitlyn “Katy” Parker: Logical, introvert, stupid smart.

The Story:

After Katy uncovers a plot to harm her lab partner, Martin he reveals his true feelings for her. Martin ends up whisking Katy and her best friend Sam away to a private island for a spring break getaway where they decide to take some time to get to know each other. Katy has already made up her mind that Martin and she will never happen but he does his best to try and change it.

This book reminded me what joy could be with reading. It was fun and free and covered a range of emotions. I felt an instant connection to Katy. We don’t learn much about Martin but I hear that changes in book two. He obviously has some things he needs to come to terms with and Katy is ready to take on that challenge. This really was a delight to read.


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4 Stars

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review 2017-06-24 14:54
How to Save Money on College
Cracking the AP Chemistry Exam, 2016 Edition (College Test Preparation) - Princeton Review

I am trying to do as much AP work with my homeschool crew as possible to help them save money on college. I borrowed this book because I wanted to see how it breaks down. It is interesting as it shows explanations for answers and the girls know how to research and can find more if they have questions, or I can help them find the answers. I do think this will make our list of books for school. 

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review 2017-06-11 22:34
Review: A Lesson in Chemistry with Inspector Bruce (Gentlemen of Scotland Yard Novella) by Jillian Stone
A Lesson in Chemistry with Inspector Bruce - Jillian Stone

A fun romp with two untitled and middle-class characters in late Victorian England. With that being said, the writing and characters are very modern - this is a very wall papery historical romance. However, there is a lot of interesting tidbits on the advancements of crime scene investigations/reconstructions and the art and science behind detective work during the period. There is a nice balance between sex and character/plot development.

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Read for BL-opoly

133 pages $2.00 added to the bank

 

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