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review 2017-12-13 22:55
The Science of Discworld
The Science of Discworld - Terry Pratchett,Jack Cohen,Ian Stewart

"Ook?"

I usually try to start my reviews with a pertinent quote from the relevant book, but I was somewhat eager to return my copy to the library and I forgot to copy out a quotation for my review. However, it is somewhat appropriate to start the summary of my thoughts about The Science of Discworld with a quote from one of my favourite characters from the book - The Librarian.

 

Never said one word so much.

 

The Science of Discworld is an attempt to fuse the storyverse created by Terry Pratchett with non-fiction science. Through alternating chapters, we get to see how the Wizards of Discworld, with some help from Hex, create a roundworld very akin to Earth. And, yes, I smirked at the idea that book that spends a lot of time refuting creationism, is based on a story that features ... creationism.

 

(I should add that I am not a fan of or even giving credence to the theory/ies of creationism, but, equally, I am not a fan of arguments that are full of contradictions.)  

 

This is not the only aspect in which the book failed for me.

 

As much as I loved the Wizards - especially the Librarian - and Pratchett's Discworld, the science parts in this book just really did not work for me.

 

The book started out with a random discussion of quantum physics. I am not a scientist. My working knowledge of physics is basic. The opening chapters took a lot of effort because I actually found myself researching different things that the authors referred to on the internet. I don't mind do the research on topics I want to learn about if I feel that it will help me understand the rest of the book.

 

But not so here, the science parts seemed to jump from one topic to another without referring back to the previous ones. It was so confusing. And the difficulty level of the science parts differed throughout the book, too. It made me wonder what kind of a readership the authors were aiming for. Were they talking to people with pre-existing knowledge of quantum physics but not biology? Or maybe the authors just found it difficult to explain the topics they are experts in but didn't bother to go into the same depths about topics they may not be as familiar with?

 

I have no idea.

 

What is clear to me is that the authors of the science parts are not great at communicating. Apart from talking down to readers, or constantly contradicting themselves - for example, when they criticise the act of simplifying a concept to explain it to someone, which the authors decry as "lies to children", only to then use the same simplification to explain concepts to readers -, the authors of the science parts actually managed to ... and this is the dealbreaker ... they managed to make science boring.

 

And with that they made the book fail. Well, they managed to make half the book fail. The Wizard parts were delightful.

 

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review 2017-12-13 20:31
Dragons Rule in The Book of Genevieve by Mark Boyd #MarkBoyd
The Book of Genevieve - Mark Boyd

Dragon stories always catch my attention, and this is one you will not want to miss.

 

The Book of Genevieve, Book II of A Dragon’s Tale by Mark Boyd is filled with fantasy adventure. You can see my review for The Prophecy, Book I, HERE.

 

Check out the lovely covers. What do you think?

 

The Book of Genevieve (A Dragon's Tale, #2)

 

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MY REVIEW

 

The Book of Genevieve by Mark Boyd is the second of A Dragon’s Tale Trilogy. I loved the first one, so I was very happy to continue the journey with Genevieve.  Because this is the second book of the series and there is so much wonderful fantasy in store for you, I do not want to give anything away. I will just tell you how I felt as I read along

 

I couldn’t help but smile when Mark states that all Genevieve wanted were breasts and a normal life. BUT, there is a Prophecy to be fulfilled and she is part of it.

 

We have elves, Pegasaurs, dragons, demons, vampires, werehounds, trolls, dwarves and two brothers that I fell in love with, Aer and Loer.

 

I loved when Genevieve and Leto showcased their swordplay, the crowd wildly cheering them on. I could see it like a film playing in my mind. So much fun…as is her first ride on her dragon, soaring, swooping, loop-de-looping, laughing all the way.

 

I got lost in their fantasy world of new friendships and new alliances. The more characters I met, the more friends I made. Some are rough and gruff, some are easy going, some are young, some are old.

 

The magical creatures are drawn together to fulfill the Prophecy. Some will die, especially sad about the one, but as some pass on, new babes are born.

 

I can hardly wait to learn the ending of this does not stand alone trilogy in Mishmakor, The Dragon King.

 

I voluntarily reviewed a free copy of The Book of Genevieve by Mark Boyd.

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review 2017-12-13 17:34
Review: "Fallow" (Whyborne & Griffin, #8) by Jordan L. Hawk
Fallow - Jordan L. Hawk

 

~ 4.5 stars ~

 

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review 2017-12-13 15:07
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An Innocent Maid For The Duke (The Society of Wicked Gentlemen) - Ann Lethbridge

Yes I liked this story, yes there was a huge power imbalance between the characters and occasionally it did feel a little awkward, but at the same time the author pointed these things out and amde the characters very firmly strong, I was rooting for the characters.

 

When scullery maid, Rose Nightingale, mended a red dress in the Gentlemen's Club Vitium et Virtus from one of the entertainers there, she couldn't resist trying it on, and dancing. Her dancing attracts the attention of one of the owners of the club, Jacob "Jake" Duke of Westmoor, who has inherited a title and guilt about his inheritance.  The two share a kiss and he's entranced and she's interested but the power dynamic...

 

He finds out who she is and offers her a job as his grandmother's companion, living under the same roof leads to more complications.

 

It's a nice romance, some minor issues, but mostly the author addresses them. The ending felt a little rushed.

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review 2017-12-13 13:25
Odłóż tę książkę i zrób coś dobrego - Blazej Strzelczyk, Piotr Zylka Malgorzata Chmielewska

Mimo, iż siostra Małgorzata Chmielewska jest dosyć znaną postacią to jej najnowsza książka, której współautorami są Piotr Żyłka i Błażej Strzelczyk, była moim pierwszym spotkaniem z jej pisanymi tekstami.

 

Lekturę pozycji „Odłóż tę książkę i zrób coś dobrego” zaliczam do udanych. W tej niewielkiej objętościowo pozycji możemy odnaleźć wiele tematów skłaniających do refleksji na temat tego, co tak naprawdę w życiu człowieka powinno mieć znaczenie i w jaki sposób możemy czynić dobro dostępnymi dla każdego z nas środkami, którymi są chociażby życzliwe słowo czy uśmiech.

 

Rozważania o modlitwie, poście i jałmużnie niewątpliwie nakłaniają czytelnika do różnorodnych przemyśleń. Dzieje się tak zapewne dlatego, iż nie są one podane w jakimś przesadnie patetycznym tonie, a ich siła przekazu tkwi w prostocie.

 

W niniejszej książce zaduma nad poruszanymi w niej kwestiami łączy się wręcz nierozerwalnie z ogromną dawką humoru, pozytywnej energii oraz dystansu do ludzkich słabości, które przecież także są częścią naszego życia.

 

Dzięki prostolinijnemu spojrzeniu s. Chmielewskiej na otaczający ją i nas świat, wiarę oraz codzienne życie możemy pochylić się nad naszym własnym postrzeganiem w/w tematów i wyciągnąć być może zaskakujące dla nas samych wnioski.

 

Do książki tej z całą pewnością wracać można wielokrotnie, aby za każdym kolejnym razem wydobyć z niej coś nowego jak dotąd przez nas nie odkrytego. A po lekturze cóż… zgodnie z tytułem odłóżmy tę książkę i zróbmy coś dobrego, bo nasz apetyt na czynienie dobra wzrośnie z całą pewnością, a przecież mówi się, że okazane innym dobro powraca do nas ze zdwojoną siłą, więc w gruncie rzeczy nie mamy nic do stracenia, a możemy jedynie zyskać.

 

Polecam.

 

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