TITLE: Journey to the Centre of the Earth: A Scientific Exploration into the Heart of Our Planet.
AUTHOR: David Whitehouse
DATE PUBLISHED: 2015
In Journey to the Centre of the Earth, Whitehouse takes us on a tour of discovery through the Earth's crust, mantle, out core and inner core. The author makes use of Jules Verne's "Journey to the Centre of the Earth" as a literary device as he takes the reader on a trip through the Earth, describing the scientists and the discoveries that lead to our knowledge of the Earth's geological structure. He discusses such topics as earth quakes and seismology, the Earth's protective magnetic field, the interconnected relationship between biology, rocks and the geological workings of the Earth and other planets in this solar system.
While the information provided in this book is interesting, some of it could have done with more detail. The chapters are rather short, which is preferable to having separate topics all squashed into one chapter, however, topic organization was a little erratic on occasion. This book includes many photographs and some diagrams but could have made use with a few more illustrative diagrams (and an editor). The writing style is easy to read and accessible to the general public.
The concluding volume in a trilogy whose first 2 entries both won a Hugo, this will be on my ballot next year. This series is great. This conclusion is brilliant and has pay off for so many world building hooks I'm surprised it isn't 1000 pages long.
My favorite minor reveal is the origin of Safe, a drink mentioned only a few times that has endlessly practical applications in a world periodically ravaged by apocalypses.
Jemisin is brilliant and I look forward to seeing what she does next.
The path to hell is paved by dark humor.
A little background on myself:
I raise free range chickens (and other birds), and some can be excellent mousers.
One will grab it and try to eat it, then take off with it when other hens notice and try to take it away.
If the original loses it, she gets in line with the other chasers and it starts all over.
So, the story:
Giant pullets (young hens just getting old enough to start laying eggs that haven't had their first adult moult) get loose from an experimental farm and wander into town.
One grabs a small child and takes off, the other four chasing after.
Wells compare them size-wise to emus, but they are WAY bigger if they can take a child.
The image of a giant hen with a small child being chased by four other hens made me giggle and snort.
Because I know what it looks like in real life and it is far from dignified.
Before anyone gets their feathers ruffled, the child wasn't hurt.
Someone threw a watering can at it and it dropped the child in a bush.
Nothing but a few scratches.
Chickens are easily startled, so it flew up onto someones stable cackling indignantly the whole time and fell through the roof.
Then they all took off out of town in a flutter and mowed down a field of greens.
I don't know if this will fit any squares for the bingo, but that image is going to stay with me for a long time.
Earwigs the size of lobsters (fuck no! burn it!).
Wasps the size of eagles. (shudder)
And potentially house cats the size of tigers.
Recently I have been on a children's book reading binge. I found this at the library.
I liked it. I think it is a cute way to introduce kids to zombie/monster stuff, while the book is still simple, "clean" and fun. It is a quick paced read. I liked all the characters. I like the little comic bits that are in-between the text.
Since this is the first book in a middle grade (children's) book, I like to go with a rating that younger me would have most likely given it, which is 4 stars. Adult me would be more mixed between 3 & 3.5.