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Apollo's Fire: A Day on Earth in Nature and Imagination

3.48  ·  Rating Details ·  69 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
The critically acclaimed author brings a scientist’s curiosity and a poet’s soul to a delightful tour of a single day on Earth

Most of us do not give a second thought to the elemental rhythms of daily life. In Apollo’s Fire, Michael Sims sets out to open our eyes—literally—to the miraculous events that lie underneath the oldest story on Earth: the passing of a single day.
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published September 20th 2007 by Viking Adult (first published January 1st 2007)
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Jun 20, 2008 Mazola1 rated it it was ok
Apollo's Fire is structured as a day in the life of the sun, told from the perspective of the earth. It's really lots of little stories strung together from night, to dawn, day, noon, dusk and darkness. Along the way, we learn a bit about many things, some of which are directly related to the daily journey of the earth as it turns on its axis, and some only tangentially related. Some of the topics are clouds, bats, circadean rhythms and Galileo and his telescopic observations.

Some are well know
Sep 07, 2015 Tom rated it it was ok
The author is a good writer whose writing style is casual and engaging; but the topic is not that interesting, so I'm not sure why I bought this book, or why I started reading it, or, for that matter, why I am posting a review of it here.
Oct 19, 2010 Jon rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
A cornucopia of random facts about the day/night cycle. Very interesting read.
Nazim Suzaly
I had to grind my way to finish this book. I'm just not a fan of deep literature and history I suppose, and this book provides plenty of that. Generally the book is all about our surroundings that we tend to overlook and not see the deeper detail behind it and the history that it brings along. Relating everything to science, literature, history and even fables.

Well the good thing about this book that it somehow did manage to make me apprehend the present surroundings and appreciate it for the f
Nov 24, 2013 Brandon rated it it was ok
Shelves: nonfiction, 2013, science
This book had promise, but for me it failed to deliver. Part of the problem is the structure of the book, how it followed the course of the day, discussing first dawn for a chapter, then midmorning, and so on. The story of Phaethon had to be broken into pieces all across the book, which at times was bewildering. Another miss was the way it tried to be both a science book and a book involved in mythology and culture; now, blending them can be done by some authors, but not in this case. I would ha ...more
Jun 24, 2009 Rob rated it really liked it
Apollo's Fire follows the sun through a day, considering both scientific and cultural aspects of this journey. Best thing about it: it's broken up into discreet episodes. In other words, it's a good quick break book, or for any other, ah, breaks one might take during the day.

Perhaps the most interesting thing I learned is that the Myth of Phaeton is the first "Dad, can I have the keys, please?" story. This book is alternately fascinating and boring. Just when I'd think I was ready to discard it
Mar 07, 2010 Kerry rated it really liked it
If you live 70 years you will have experienced 25567 days. Imagine within the construct of your own biography that you condensed the history and anecdotes of your life during this time to 1 day. What would be your dawn, midday, and sunset? If you like thinking about this then you might like this book. I enjoyed it. That said... perhaps there are some books that are better reads due to the environment from which they are read. Bourbon/water, fireplace and a rainy day anybody? This book is sympath ...more
Jul 09, 2014 Nicoleku rated it liked it
From the title and cover I expected this book to be more imaginative, mystical. It turned out to be a kind of basic science book, which is ok, but not what I wanted it to be when I picked it up.
I wish the author had delved deeper into scientific methods and inventions outside the Greco-Roman and European Enlightenment realms, if only to throw in stories that most moderately informed people aren't familiar with.
I enjoyed the pacing of the book and the way it follows a day. It made it easy to re
Feb 17, 2012 Amanda rated it it was amazing
One of the most interesting, attention-keeping, well written scientific narratives I've ever had the pleasure of picking up: the cohesion of the myths, literature, and historical references that Sims includes to anchor and move the information forward is amazing, and if textbooks were written this way, every kid in school would finish his homework.
Apr 25, 2012 Lisa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
It's not a bad book, just not what I thought it would be. I'm sure many people will like it- it's a blend of anecdote, science, literature, and history that probably would have worked for me if I had been in the mood for that. Might be a good book for high school students or an intro level college class.
Mar 01, 2008 Kitty rated it liked it
Recommends it for: those interested in time, the universe, and everything
Apollo's Fire is good for dipping in and out of. The book goes through a day's time touching on some of its many aspects in science, mythology, literature, music. There are brief discussions of various topics, giving ideas for avenues to explore. The annotated bibliography is great - many books to add to my to-read list.
Jun 14, 2008 Meredith marked it as never-finished
Maybe I just wasn't in the mood for non-fiction when I picked this up, but I wasn't really taken with it...hope to go back someday, as it is an interesting construct for a book.
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Apr 24, 2011 Michael A. rated it really liked it
Mr Sims coined a great term: storm porn. I would recommend my namesake's book to just about anyone.
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Michael Sims is the author of the acclaimed "The Story of Charlotte's Web, Apollo's Fire: A Day on Earth in Nature and Imagination," "Adam's Navel: A Natural and Cultural History of the Human Form," and editor of "Dracula's Guest: A Connoisseur's Collection of Victorian Vampire Stories" and "The Dead Witness: A Connoisseur's Collection of Victorian Detective Stories." He lives in western Pennsylva ...more
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