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After the Ice by Steven Mithen
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Apr 22, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: nonfiction, prehistorical, science-fiction, 2012-spring
Read from April 22 to May 15, 2012

Fascinating book, sweeping in scope, well worth reading. Lubbock didn't feel gimmicky, even though he sometimes was. The balance between human narrative and archaeological discovery was well-struck, though I might have preferred a stronger lean toward the former. Covers some of the same ground as Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies but looks more for details than general trends. A good base for figuring out which prehistorical societies are most interesting. Wealth of story ideas.

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Reading Progress

04/26/2012 page 106
17.0% "This book is immensely interesting, but the balance between Lubbock's storyline and archaeological exposition is inelegant."
05/04/2012 page 300
48.0% "Still immensely interesting. Lubbock is starting to become more supernatural than you'd expect a time-traveling reader stand-in to be."
05/12/2012 page 442
71.0% "If the section about the High Arctic was 200% longer, I'd be very happy. Still fascinating. Photos of caves in the rain forest are stunning."
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