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review 2018-01-12 07:22
and Then You're Dead
What Really Happens If You're Swallowed by a Whale, Get Shot from a Cannon, or Go Barreling Over Niagara...and Then You're Dead - Cody Cassidy,Paul Doherty

(Why really happens if you get swallowed by a whale, are shot from a cannon or go barreling over Niagara...)

 

Silly science at its most entertaining.  If you've read What if?, this is very much like an expanded version.  All the insane questions a 12 year old might come up with? - a good portion of them are probably here.  While very entertaining for adults, this would, in fact, make an excellent book for kids, turning them on to how science isn't all boring.

 

I'd have rated it even higher, except there's a high proportion of questions regarding space and those who know me, know that space bores me and these entries slowed me down and had me contemplating folding laundry.  Luckily none of the entries are longer than 2-3 pages and there's a nice mix of terrestrial questions that were both informative and interesting (to me).  Though, for the record, I probably didn't need to know the details of how dangerous a paper cut can be, and I really, REALLY didn't need to know about Botulism H.

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text 2017-07-13 04:39
Science Buddy Read Book Club coming soon!
Horseshoe Crabs and Velvet Worms: The Story of the Animals and Plants That Time Has Left Behind - Richard Fortey
Atoms Under the Floorboards: The Surprising Science Hidden in Your Home - Chris Woodford
Stuff Matters: Exploring the Marvelous Materials That Shape Our Man-Made World - Mark Miodownik
The Science of Everyday Life - Marty Jopson
Rain: A Natural and Cultural History - Cynthia Barnett
The Inheritor's Powder: A Tale of Arsenic, Murder, and the New Forensic Science - Sandra Hempel
The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat - Oliver Sacks
What Really Happens If You're Swallowed by a Whale, Get Shot from a Cannon, or Go Barreling Over Niagara...and Then You're Dead - Cody Cassidy,Paul Doherty
Furry Logic: The Physics of Animal Life - Matin Durrani,Liz Kalaugher
My Beloved Brontosaurus: On the Road with Old Bones, New Science, and Our Favorite Dinosaurs - Brian Switek

Our current buddy read of The Invention of Nature is going well enough that when it's finished, we're going to convert the book club into a general science buddy read club.

 

We definitely need a snappier name for it.

 

In the meantime, the current members are going through their shelves and coming up with possible titles for future reads; we'll likely read one book every two months, as non-fiction is generally a more time consuming read and we don't want to burn anyone out with too much of a good thing.  

 

I've gone through my Planning to Read shelf and shelved all the science books onto the science shelf (something I generally don't do until I've read the book - more out of laziness than anything else) and I've included a few here to see if any of them look interesting to anyone else, or are maybe already on their shelves.  

 

I have 16 all up; if anyone has any interest in seeing them all, I have confirmed that if you go to my shelves (or anyone else's for that matter) and click on Planning to Read, and then click on my Science shelf, you'll only see the Science books I have that I haven't yet read.  BookLikes has a bit of boolean searching power it's been keeping under its hat.

 

I've stuck with hard sciences (left out philosophy for example), but as a member of the group I'm open to interpretations.  

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review 2016-05-28 00:00
A Feast of Poisons
A Feast of Poisons - C.L. Grace,Paul Doherty No more Kathryn. No more Irishman. What am I to do with my life? Read some Chaucer maybe?
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review 2016-04-30 02:29
The Prince of Darkness - Paul Doherty

I've heard that the four medieval mysteries of which this is the last wasn't as successful as Penman's other books and no more are planned. Which I find a shame. I wasn't impressed with the first two books in the series. I thought the resolution and culprits predictable and Penman herself said in one author's note she wasn't completely comfortable at first dealing with completely fictional characters. The series grew on me though, and I think she grew in her skill in this genre.

I wouldn't put this up there with Ellis Peter's Brother Cadfael tales, never mind Eco's Name of the Rose. For that matter, no I don't think these rival Penman at her best. Her "The Sunne in Splendour" and "Here Be Dragons" are favorites of mine I'd rate five stars--these are definitely not in that league. But they are enjoyable and Justin de Quincy has become a friend I'm sorry to leave. Never mind it's a chance to spend time with her Eleanor of Aquitaine and John, the "Prince of Darkness" himself. I suspect that was one allure in writing this. I know having read her trilogy about Henry II and Eleanor I was drawn to reading this series became I didn't want to leave this world--and I'm sorry there'll be no more of them. Although it is a treat to see Justin and Durand inserted in her long historical fiction novel, "A King's Ransom" which I'm reading now.

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text 2016-02-01 15:11
January Reading Roundup
A Fatal Grace - Louise Penny
The Cruelest Month - Louise Penny
The Stand - Stephen King
Black Christmas 1349 (Longsword Saga Book 2) - John R. O'Connor
Jesus, Pope Francis, and a Protestant Walk into a Bar: Lessons for the Christian Church - Bill Tammeus,Paul Rock
Woodlawn: One Hope. One Dream. One Way. - Todd Gerelds,Mark Schlabach,Bobby Bowden
The Herald of Hell: A Brother Athelstan novel of Medieval London (A Brother Athelstan Medieval Mystery) - Paul Doherty
The Chimes - Charles Dickens,Richard Armitage
Mrs. Zant and the Ghost - Wilkie Collins,Gillian Anderson

January left me feeling like I had been through a drought. Thank goodness for Louise Penny on audio book or the entire month would have been a loss. Still, I needed some great historical fiction and have a great TBR in mind for February.

 

Part of my problem in January may have been my deviations from my TBR. A heavy month for audio and NetGalley reads, it's not surprising that it was somewhat disappointing. But, moving on....here is the breakdown:

 

Audio Books

A Fatal Grace

The Cruelest Month

The Chimes

Mrs Zant and the Ghost

 

NetGalley

Jesus, Pope Francis, and a Protestant Walk into a Bar

The Herald of Hell

Woodlawn

 

Book Club

The Stand

 

That leaves only Black Christmas 1349 as a book I selected on my own - sort of. I read it while it was free for a limited time on the English Historical Fiction Authors website. Didn't I just make a resolution to choose my reading more carefully?

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