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Cosmicomics by Italo Calvino
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Apr 16, 12

bookshelves: short-stories, all-ages, comedy, coming-of-age, essays, fantasy, happiness, high_fantasy, best_settings, love
Recommended to Andrew by: Rachelle Adlerman
Recommended for: Carl Sagan fans
Read from March 26 to April 14, 2012, read count: 1

Cosmicomics is a very peculiar find, a lively and touching compilation of mythology and folk tales written for the romantic atheist. Each story begins with a (n occasionally debunked) scientific theory about the origins of the earth, the universe, the galaxy, life, or a variety of other cosmically significant historical moments, which the narrator (a charismatic, adventurous old "man" named Qfwfq) immediately grabs onto and runs with, telling tales of what it was like back in his younger days living in a proto-solar system disc of dust or being part of a family that had just decided it was time to crawl out of the soup and onto the sand. The stories are usually funny, occasionally sad, and as suitable for a younger reader as they are for an adult.

Apart from the narrator, there is no real continuity from tale to tale, but it's still a pleasure getting to meet the peculiar characters in each iteration of his family or to watch his romantic exploits nearly succeed time and time again. It's a short, sweet, surprisingly unique read that adds a much-appreciated human face to the often cold and sterile scientific world.
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