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review 2019-09-13 08:35
Boom! by Bob Berman
Boom!: The Violent Supernovas, Galactic Explosions, and Earthly Mayhem that Shook our Universe - Bob Berman
Earth-Shattering: Violent Supernovas, Galactic Explosions, Biological Mayhem, Nuclear Meltdowns, and Other Hazards to Life in Our Universe - Bob Berman

TITLE:  Boom!: The Violent Supernovas, Galactic Explosions, and Earthly Mayhem that Shook our Universe [Paperback]

 

ALTERNATE TITLE:  Earth-Shattering: Violent Supernovas, Galactic Explosions, Biological Mayhem, Nuclear Meltdowns, and Other Hazards to Life in Our Universe [Hardcover]

 

AUTHOR: Bob Berman

 

FORMAT:  Paperback

 

ISBN-13:  9781786075970

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DESCRIPTION:

"Looking at the night sky, you’d be forgiven for thinking it’s all quiet up there in space. But you’d be wrong. Extreme events are forever unfolding: galaxies explode, cosmic debris hurtles through the heavens and our own Milky Way is on a collision course with the giant Andromeda galaxy.

 

Mayhem moulded the cosmos, shaped life on Earth and at times threatened to end it. With an enduring sense of wonder, through cataclysms great and small, Bob Berman presents a destructive history of our universe."

 

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REVIEW:

 

Boom! is a popular science book for people who know nothing about the cosmos.  Berman's focus is on galactic "catastrophes" (e.g. supernovas and colliding galaxies), with a minor detour into Earth specific and man-made catastrophes (e.g. the Great Oxygen Event and the Chernobyl nuclear accident).  The chapters are generally short, somewhat interesting, and rather superficial in contents; the writing style informal and "popular".  An easy read for an uninformed adult or something interesting to give to a teenager as a gift.

 

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text 2019-03-01 10:59
My First Part Of March's TBR
Kim - Rudyard Kipling
Only Daughter - Sarah A. Denzil
Neon Prey (Lucas Davenport #29) - John Sandford
Dark Blossom - Neel Mullick
You're Not Safe - Mary Burton
The Summoning (Krewe of Hunters #27) - Heather Graham
The Secrets We Bury (The Undertaker's Daughter #1) - Debra Webb
The True Story of the Great Escape: Stalag Luft III, March 1944 - Professor Jonathan Vance
The Violent Abuse of Women in 17th and 18th Century Britain - Geoffrey Pimm
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review 2018-06-24 12:47
Daisy and Rock continue their criminal spree with surprising consequences - very good series
Violent Love Volume 2 - Frank J Barbiere Violent Love Volume 2 - Frank J Barbiere

 

 

This second and final volume takes our two adventurers further along their criminal and avenging trail. There are plenty of surprises, bloodshed and betrayal. The comic collection is nicely made and the story moves along at a good pace with large colourful clear illustrations. Surprisingly good stuff and recommended to lovers of action comics with a story to tell.

 

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review 2018-06-08 14:06
DNF: These Violent Delights
These Violent Delights - Victoria Namkung

Another one for the DNF pile.

 

Just not interested in finishing this novel. It's certainly a very relevant novel, it's about a graduate from a very exclusive private girls school who starts a job with a local newspaper and decides to write an expose on a teacher she had a fling with. The teacher seduced her, made her feel special and then dropped her when she started realising what a mistake she'd made. Something she had been shamed into keeping silent for years. And once the bomb drops...she's not the only victim. Other students from past and present start coming forward and it looks like there's a giant cover up by the school.

 

Problem is while it's got the markings of an interesting plot, the characters are so flat and uninteresting. There's very little emotion involved, or at least for my tastes, for such a deep subject. I'm finding myself not wanting to pick it up and not really caring about how it ends anymore. 

 

So another one for the DNF pile it is. 

 

Thank you  Griffith Moon Publishing for approving my request to view the title. 

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review 2018-01-31 21:28
This shouldn't work but it does
Violent Ends - Brendan Shusterman,Courtney Summers,Neal Shusterman,Beth Revis,Elisa Nader,Shaun Hutchinson,Delilah S. Dawson,Tom Leveen,Trish Doller,Kendare Blake,E. M. Kokie,Blythe Woolston,Mindi Scott,Margie Gelbwasser,Hannah Moskowitz,Steve Brezenoff,Christine Johnso

So I generally reserve 5 star reviews for a both that was both excellent *and* I'm likely to want to reread. In this case, it's not necessarily that I'm likely to pull this down off the shelf over and over again, but that it was a truly remarkable book.

 

Told in 17 points of view, this is the story of - or maybe it's more accurate to say "around" - a high school shooting. Each segment was written by a different YA author and is from a different character or object POV. Remarkably, it still feels like a consistent, singular work. I would have thought the tonal shifts would be too jarring, or the way it doesn't come back around in a classic narrative structure would be more like reading a series of news accounts or a short story anthology. But - and this feels like a super weird comment to make - it reads really well. It's fast, engaging, even entertaining or enjoyable, at some level. The characters are well fleshed out, though it's hard to keep track of them and their relationships to one another, especially at first. There's insight, but not explanations.

 

The book as a whole doesn't answer much. The shooter was a boy with some problems. He might have been a good friend. He might have been destructive from a young age. He might have been bullied. He might have been suicidal. He might have had psychological issues. It might have been the system, or isolation; other kids, or school or genetics. There's complexity and confusion and bad choices and too much unexplored desire and it pretty much captures adolescence and the terrors and triumphs of high school. It's a mess and it's brilliant and remarkable.

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