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Bones by Douglas H. Ubelaker
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Nov 24, 10

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Beach Vacation Read #3: Scrounged from the sad pair of little wicker baskets filled with books that served as the beach house library.

While this wasn't a bad introduction on forensics, it's becoming terribly dated, teetering on historic. I had a lot of issues with how the data was laid out here, word definitions were clunky and repetitious, readability was far from smooth.

Ubelaker's entire book is fractured vignettes. I prefer meatier stories, even if they are short, and it irritated me to constantly be in introduced to a case, explore it for a page or less, have Ubelaker go, 'and then it became a cold case' and never refer to it again. No doubt this sort of example is the typical occurrence for forensic detecting, but I had been expecting something a little more engaging. I've become spoiled by my CSI shows and Ann Rule books.

I'd consider this worthwhile to pick up if you really enjoy the forensic crime dramas, but I wouldn't recommend going through any great effort to obtain a copy.

Beach Vacation Reading List (November 2010)
#1 | Shutter Island
#2 | Someplace to Be Flying
#3 | Bones
#4 | Into the Arms of Strangers
#5 | Little Heathens
#6 | Bridge of Birds
#7 | But I Trusted You
#8 | Married by Morning
#9 | The Hunger Games
#10 | All My Patients are Under the Bed
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