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review 2016-11-13 17:23
Mark Miodownik - "W rzeczy samej"
W rzeczy samej. Osobliwe historie wspaniałych materiałów, które nadają kształt naszemu światu - Mark Miodownik,Dariusz Żukowski

Dla tych którzy lubią czytać tradycyjne książki z kubkiem w ręku i czymś słodkim pod ręką doskonałe rozdziały o papierze, porcelanie i czekoladzie. Ale uwaga, tekst w mocny sposób wzmaga apetyt na kosteczkę czekolady, lepiej przygotować zawczasu ;-)

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text 2016-04-01 05:06
Premiery i zapowiedzi - kwiecień 2016

 

 

Zapraszam do subiektywnego wyboru nowości kwietnia.

 

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text 2016-01-21 07:35
TBR Thursday - January 21, Part Deux
The Unknown Unknown: Bookshops and the Delight of Not Getting What You Wanted - Mark Forsyth
Stuff Matters: Exploring the Marvelous Materials That Shape Our Man-Made World - Mark Miodownik
The Etymologicon: A Circular Stroll through the Hidden Connections of the English Language - Mark Forsyth
My Life and Hard Times - James Thurber

These are the books that came this week without the fanfare of a big blue Belgian bag.  Despite their quiet arrival in their nondescript, brown cardboard envelopes (which sounds lewd when I write it like that) I am incredibly excited about each one of them:

 

The Unknown Unknown: Bookshops and the Delight of Not Getting What You Wanted - Mark Forsyth - I've already gushed about this perfect little joyous ode to bookshops; it's my first 5 star read of the year - all 31 pages of it.

 

Stuff Matters: Exploring the Marvelous Materials That Shape Our Man-Made World - Mark Miodownik - I've been seeing this in my local bookshops, but a review by, of all people, Bill Gates was the tipping point for me (I say 'of all people' because I'm all Apple, all the time). He wrote a very good review of this one and he liked What If? so I'm going with it.

 

The Etymologicon: A Circular Stroll through the Hidden Connections of the English Language - Mark Forsyth - he who wrote The Unknown Unknown.  If this one is half as good as that one, I'm gonna be a fangirl.

 

My Life and Hard Times - James Thurber - this one is an upgrade of the slim paperback I currently own and an eBay bargain.  I'm in love with the Folio editions with their individual slipcovers; eBay has become a dangerous place for me...

 

Total books received: 17

Books read: 6

Total physical TBR: 194

 

Oh boy, I'm gonna break the 200 book barrier soon... must read faster (and shop slower)!

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review 2015-06-05 03:44
Stuff Matters
Stuff Matters: Exploring the Marvelous Materials That Shape Our Man-Made World - Mark Miodownik

Stuff Matters: Exploring the Marvelous Materials That Shape Our Man-Made World by Mark Miodownik starts with a stabbing ends with the ability to "rebuild" man. The book leaves the reader with a sense of wonder about what amazing materials surround us and a sense of reflection on things to come. A casual, conversational writing style combines with hard-core science to make an informative but easily read book.

 

Read my complete review at: http://www.memoriesfrombooks.com/2015/06/stuff-matters-exploring-marvelous.html

 

Reviewed for GoodReads First Reads program

 

Source: www.memoriesfrombooks.com/2015/06/stuff-matters-exploring-marvelous.html
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review 2015-02-06 13:33
Materials science for poets
Stuff Matters: Exploring the Marvelous Materials That Shape Our Man-made World - Michael Page,Mark Miodownik

Loved it! A layman's introduction to a very complex but all-important field of science--one that touches us all.

 

I give it 4 stars -- for readability and for making a complex subject very approachable.

 

 

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