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review 2017-12-16 19:03
The Triumph of Seeds by Thor Hanson
The Triumph of Seeds: How Grains, Nuts, Kernels, Pulses, and Pips Conquered the Plant Kingdom and Shaped Human History - Thor Hanson

TITLE:  The Triumph of Seeds: How Grains, Nuts, Kernels, Pulses, & Pips Conquered the Plant Kingdom and Shaped Human History

 

AUTHOR:  Thor Hanson

 

DATE PUBLISHED:  2015

 

FORMAT:  Paperback

 

ISBN-13:  978-0-465-09740-1

 

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In this book, Thor Hanson explores "how grains, nuts, kernels, pulses, and pips conquered the plant kingdom and shaped human history".  Topics include the evolution and co-evolution of a variety of plant species seeds, how they function, seed banks, dispersal, spices, and historical tidbits (including assassinations, world empires and voyages of discovery). 

 

Seeds are a fascinating subject that the author covers in an informal but informative style without overwhelming the reader with science jargon, but also not wasting ink on irrelevant social observations.  The author's enthusiasm for seeds in contagious!  There are also numerous illustrations throughout the book. 

 

My only quibble is that I wish there was more of the book and more specific details, but that sort of thing would probably require an encyclopedia on the subject.

 

 

 

 

 

OTHER BOOKS

 

 

Food in History by Reay Tannahill

 

Napoleon's Buttons by Penny Le Conteur & Jay Burreson

 

The Untold History of the Potato by John Reader

 

Banana:  The Fate of the Fruit that Changed the World by Dan Koeppel

 

Papyrus by John Gaudet

 

An Edible History of Humanity by Tom Standage

 

Botany for Gardeners by Brian Capon (3rd edition)

 

The Emerald Planet:  How Plants Changed Earth's History by David Beerling

 

Feathers:  The Evolution of a Natural Miracle by Thor Hanson

 

 

 

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review 2017-11-30 10:02
#78 - Magnus Chase and The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan
Magnus Chase and the Hammer of Thor (Book 2) - Rick Riordan

If you already have read one of Rick Riordan's books, you know they are really funny. They also always have the same kind of structure; they are fast-paced and hilarious. Well, you always know what to expect (and that is a good thing).

 

I marathoned the entire Percy Jackson and The Olympians series so I thought I would love Magnus Chase, and I did love the first book. However, this one did not work really well for me. Don't take me wrong, I enjoyed reading it, I often laughed out loud and I thought the chapter names were amazing, but I had trouble getting really into it. I'm not sure it was the perfect time to read it. Still, I definitely recommend this series because it is HILARIOUS!

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review 2017-11-14 11:17
Mighty Thor Vol. 2, The: Lords Of Midgard - Jason Aaron

Loki helps a corporation in Svartalfeim and delves into the history of Thor and himself and Thor is being chased by agents of Shield while fighting some corporations more interested in money than people.

 

Also we find out more about the history of Mjolnir.

 

I really enjoyed this, I love this incarnation of Thor.

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review 2017-08-27 00:13
Depressing as shit
The Unworthy Thor (The Unworthy Thor (2016-2017)) - Jason Aaron,Olivier Coipel

And not in the fun let's ruin someone's life so we can see how, say, Daredevil reacts when we strip him of everything and it turns out his girlfriend sold him out for drugs.   No, in the 'I'm unworthy, what's the point' existential kind of way that just made me want this to fucking end. 

 

Like put Thor, and me, out of our misery.   

 

Still, gorgeous illustrations, epic storyline with The Collector and travel by Goat.   So I enjoyed some parts of this, especially the flashbacks, and talks with, Jane Foster.   I kinda ship Jane and Thor.

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review 2017-08-25 18:38
Book #857 - 344,940 Pages Read
Foreign Agent: A Thriller (The Scot Harvath Series) - Brad Thor

Another solid entry in the Harvath series by Brad Thor, this one continues Thor's mastery of writing "faction", a tough gritty story set in today's real headlines. Harvath is after a Russian terrorist hell bent on pulling the US and Russia into the Syrian conflict by carrying out terrorist acts around the world. Harvath not only has to find this guy and stop a world war, but has to battle betrayal from his own side. Thor once again pulls the reader in to a taut, exciting read to the very end. He even manages to add a more complex human side to Harvath near the end that bears watching in future novels.

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