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Re: Rate the last book you just read
« Reply #465 on: March 16, 2015, 09:16:38 PM »
The Alchemy of Air   by Thomas Hager - 8/10

If anyone is not aware of the Haber-Bosch process, they should really learn what it is.  It's kind of a big deal.  Like, responsible for feeding billions of people, while also indirectly killing millions kind of a big deal.

This book was an overview of the birth of modern fertilizers, largely developed by Fritz Haber and Carl Bosch in WWI era Germany.  I would have liked a bit more chemistry and technical details on how the plants work, but this is certainly a good place to start.  If you recognize Haber's name, you probably already know that this story is going to get really, really dark towards the end.  Bosch's story is equally frustrating, but he at least has the will and the political know-how to stall Germany's ultimate scientific downfall.

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Re: Rate the last book you just read
« Reply #466 on: March 22, 2015, 01:24:27 PM »
Spin by Robert Charles Wilson - 7/10

Mind = blown.  The starting premise of this sci-fi novel is rather intriguing but probably not original:  the Earth somehow becomes "slowed down" in time as the universe rapidly evolves around it.  There's some biotech advances as well that are mildly interesting, but I initially thought were being used as a cheesy plot device.  Nope.  They are crucial to the story, and I kicked myself for not seeing what was going to happen.  Things get absolutely bonkers in the last third of the book.

I loved the conceptual angle of this book, but as with several other sci-fi series I found the character development to be unbearably awkward.  Everyone's personality seems to be either non-existent or incredibly forced.  If you don't mind a few tropes (super genius trying to save the world, evil power hungry businessmen, detached-yet-emotional-deep-down main character) I'd highly recommend it.

Oddly enough I heard about this book from This Week in Virology, which so far is batting 1000 in literary recommendations.

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Re: Rate the last book you just read
« Reply #467 on: March 23, 2015, 07:43:34 AM »
A Darker Shade of Magic: A Novel by V.E. Schwab

8/10 fast paced, good (but not great yet) characters, promises of more books to come. Interesting alt-reality story.
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Re: Rate the last book you just read
« Reply #468 on: March 23, 2015, 09:45:11 AM »
Confessions of a sociopath, by ME Thomas.
 I think this book is a con. My guess is it was written by someone who has a theory about how sociopaths can fit into society, and how they should be raised  - and who cleverly fitted it into a popular-style format that people would read. The author gives it away in the last couple of crusading chapters. Anyway, even if I'm wrong - how can we trust this ultimately self serving, redemptive memoir written by a diagnosed sociopath?

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Re: Rate the last book you just read
« Reply #469 on: March 23, 2015, 12:31:06 PM »
"he Sense of Style", Pinker.  10/10.  I bought this for my beautiful wife to add to her stylebook (she writes professionally) but as she didn't pick it up by Boxing Day, I grabbed it.  I'll never really use it in anger but I might refer to it now and again. 

It was typical Pinker, incredibly well written, deeply fascinating, and useful.  t was a great read as well as a great reference.
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Re: Rate the last book you just read
« Reply #470 on: March 23, 2015, 12:59:57 PM »
"he Sense of Style", Pinker.  10/10.  I bought this for my beautiful wife to add to her stylebook (she writes professionally) but as she didn't pick it up by Boxing Day, I grabbed it.  I'll never really use it in anger but I might refer to it now and again. 

It was typical Pinker, incredibly well written, deeply fascinating, and useful.  t was a great read as well as a great reference.

I've just read a couple of reviews of this - it sounds fantastic. I'll definitely be buying it this payday.

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Re: Rate the last book you just read
« Reply #471 on: March 23, 2015, 01:08:06 PM »
Amy Poehler's autobiography
9/10ish, I guess

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Re: Rate the last book you just read
« Reply #472 on: March 25, 2015, 03:21:12 AM »
Patricia Briggs - Dead Heat 6.5/10
You do have to like the series but I liked some of the other books in the series better
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