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text 2018-03-22 10:41
Tea's TBR Thursday - March 22, 2018 (Part II)
Submerged - Dani Pettrey
The Murrow Boys: Pioneers on the Front Lines of Broadcast Journalism - Stanley Cloud,Lynne Olson
Thor, Vol. 1 - J. Michael Straczynski,Olivier Coipel
The Finest Hours: The True Story of the U.S. Coast Guard's Most Daring Sea Rescue - Michael J. Tougias,Casey Sherman
I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life - Ed Yong

The Kindle and library additions.

 

Added to Kindle:

9. Submerged (Alaskan Courage #1) by Dani Pettrey - Inspirational romantic suspense

 

10. The Murrow Boys by Stanley Cloud and Lynne Olson - non-fiction book about how Edward R. Murrow and his cohorts for CBS reported from the front lines of WWII.

 

11. Thor Volume 1 (2011) by J. Michael Straczynski - there are several Thor volumes from different authors/artists (including two with the female Thor). I picked this one because J. M. S. did an amazing job on Wonder Woman volume I read a couple of years ago, so I wanted to see what he could do with my favorite Avenger.

 

Borrowed from the library:

12. The Finest Hours by Casey Sherman and Michael J. Tougias - true story of the Coast Guard rescue of men working on two oil tankers that collided during a northeaster storm in 1952.

 

13. I Contain Multitudes by Ed Young - Flat Book Society buddy read for March/April.

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review 2018-03-07 17:33
Book #869 - 349,767 Pages Read
Use of Force: A Thriller (The Scot Harvath Series) - Brad Thor

I always enjoy Brad Thor books, and since the death of Vince Flynn, he has really become my go to author for kick-ass thrillers. Scot Harvath is called upon to track down potential terrorist acts based on intelligence gathered by others. The acts could potentially be on U.S. soil, so it becomes a race against time and enemy forces as Harvath joins fellow marines he can rely on to help stop the threat. As always, these books move quickly and get right to the heart of the story. This copy is special to me also, since Mr. Thor signed it for me.

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text 2018-01-29 00:35
Reading progress update: I've read 100%.
Thor: God of Thunder Vol. 1 - The God Butcher - Esad Ribic,Jason Aaron

Probably not going to review this one, but suffice it to say that I enjoyed it enough that I bought the second volume so I could see how this arc ends.

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text 2018-01-28 22:41
Reading progress update: I've read 52%.
Thor: God of Thunder Vol. 1 - The God Butcher - Esad Ribic,Jason Aaron
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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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