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Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time
As far as popular science writing, or popular history of science writing (take your pick) goes, I've read better books. This is a book about a self-ta ...more
Mar 14, 2010
Mar 01, 2010
River of Shadows: Eadweard Muybridge and the Technological Wild West
This book is interesting, although at times that fact was almost obscured by the writing style, which has a recurring tendency to extremely florid pro ...more
Mar 30, 2012
Dec 26, 2011
This Is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession
My boyfriend will be very glad that I'm done with this book, since I kept on complaining all the way through as I read it.

It definitely does have some
May 26, 2009
May 21, 2009
All the Shah's Men: An American Coup and the Roots of Middle East Terror
An absolutely fascinating story, and one that I really enjoyed reading about, but something about the writing style bugged me throughout this book.

Mar 17, 2009
Jan 25, 2009
Owls Do Cry
Janet Frame's first novel gets you right from the first chapter, just from the way she uses words. I went back and read that over a couple of times be ...more
Apr 18, 2010
Aug 20, 2009
The New York Stories of Edith Wharton
Really, really good. Anthologies of stories are always going to be somewhat patchy - not every story is as much to one's taste as the others, but this ...more
Apr 04, 2009
Nov 29, 2008
Nova Volume 1 HC
To antiphrase Jack Flag...

I &%^$#ing LOVE cosmic stuff. Generally I have a softer spot for the talking raccoons and trees and Russian space dogs o
Apr 05, 2009
Apr 05, 2009
Equilibrium (Superpowered Love, #1)
Yeah, yeah, disclaimer, I know the author (and the Hamiltonian Neuronautics Society has a policy against selling out by endorsing products... but this ...more
Aug 28, 2011
Aug 25, 2011
The Science of Discworld II: The Globe
I think I'll keep this at three stars. Maybe it's because, unlike the first one in this series, it touches on the mind, and hence the brain, and hence ...more
Jul 16, 2009
Feb 06, 2009
Principles of Brain Evolution
A seriously, seriously amazing book, which sadly very few people, even among neuroscientists, are ever going to read, even though pretty much all of t ...more
Sep 03, 2010
May 12, 2010
The Spanish Bride
This is a true story about a couple who literally fell in love at first sight, which sounds like it would make a good romance novel, except of course ...more
Mar 2012
Aug 29, 2011
Ex Machina, Vol. 1: The First Hundred Days (Ex Machina, #1)
I really wasn't particularly excited by the first couple of books in this series the first time I read them, a few years ago. Maybe it's on the streng ...more
Aug 18, 2009
Aug 18, 2009
The Man on the Balcony (Martin Beck, #3)
**spoiler alert** What a curious book - there were things I quite liked about it, but I end up with the feeling that I'm missing some of the rules of ...more
Dec 30, 2010
Dec 28, 2010
Ex Machina, Vol. 5: Smoke, Smoke
This series is a little like some of the weird flavour pairings that restaurants that fancy themselves innovative like to dream up... two independentl ...more
Sep 29, 2010
Sep 25, 2010
The Xenophobe's Guide to the Danes
Irreverent is the right word for this book (and, I'm guessing, the rest of the series) - it's funny, even shading to hilarious, without ever being mea ...more
Nov 28, 2010
Nov 16, 2010
The Plague
The first few days of reading this, I was finding it a bit of a struggle. Not completely sure if that was more because it was failing to grip me or be ...more
Jul 24, 2010
Jul 18, 2010
I liked this, although I am starting to get a bit jaded with Maurice Gee's habit of sensationalist twists in the last five pages. This one would have ...more
Aug 21, 2009
Aug 19, 2009
Grants Pass
It's pretty much a cliche to say that an anthology is a mixed bag - it's sort of the point, right? There's always going to be stories you really reall ...more
Sep 29, 2009
Sep 20, 2009
The First Total War: Napoleon's Europe and the Birth of Warfare as We Know It
I had a bit of up and down with this book before even getting to the first chapter - (oh, the cliche of a book as a journey, how do you sneak in when ...more
Jun 15, 2009
Jun 04, 2009
Fahrenheit 451
It's a bit strange to think that this was published only five years after 1984; it seems so much more modern, not to mention intensely cinematic. For ...more
Jul 23, 2009
Jul 08, 2009
Fables, Vol. 12: The Dark Ages (Fables, #12)
I've found, as I've gone through this series, that I like parts of Willingham's style less and less the more exposed I am to it (or maybe the problema ...more
Sep 23, 2009
Sep 08, 2009
The Picture of Dorian Gray
Hmm. About time I actually wrote some sort of review for a book, isn't it?

This was highly recommended by Katey, and now I can add my own encouragement
Feb 25, 2009
Feb 08, 2009
The Family That Couldn't Sleep: A Medical Mystery
Despite the name, and the center staging as this story unwinds of the Italian family afflicted with Fatal Familial Insomnia, this book could also be d ...more
Sep 06, 2009
Aug 21, 2009
Fabulously gothic without the slightest hint of anything actually supernatural. It's all just human psychological drama, which is of course way more d ...more
Oct 12, 2011
Sep 24, 2011
Worlds' End (The Sandman, #8)
Even though it's a collection composed of six single issues of a comic which feature new characters telling self-contained stories, this definitely is ...more
Jan 04, 2010
Dec 18, 2009
The Bonfire of the Vanities
The story of one man's journey from Master of the Universe to Professional Defendant. Of course it has to be New York. It's funny how 22 years on, in ...more
Jun 22, 2009
Jun 02, 2009
Hearing and Sound Communication in Amphibians
This didn't impress me as much as the last one that I read from this series (Animal Communication), but that can probably be put down to it being much ...more
Jul 23, 2010
Jul 06, 2010
The Deed of Paksenarrion (The Deed of Paksenarrion, #1-3)
One minute I was just drinking large amounts of gin with someone I've known for years, then suddenly we were sharing favourite childhood reminisces of ...more
Sep 06, 2011
Aug 15, 2011
Ex Machina, Vol. 3: Fact v. Fiction  (Ex Machina, #3)
Installment three is often about the time when the novelty or curiosity that gets you through the first couple of stories starts to wear out around th ...more
Oct 2009
Sep 08, 2009
Happyslapped by a Jellyfish: The Words of Karl Pilkington
Sigh... this was occasionally somewhat amusing, in a mild snickery kind of way, but I feel like the genre of grumpy 30-something balding British guy g ...more
Mar 26, 2011
Sep 13, 2010
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