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The Planets by Dava Sobel
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Nov 25, 2013

did not like it
bookshelves: awful, didn-t-finish

It is extremely rare that I give up on a book. I will often start a book and decide that I'm not going to finish it 'right now', but to decide that a book is bad enough to never, ever want to finish reading, well that hardly ever happens, and this is one of those books.

Tedious, ponderous, meandering writing that does not clearly convey much of the history of the knowledge of our solar system, nor any of the sense of wonder or thrill of discovery that I would expect from a book on this subject. There are so many exciting stories to tell on this subject, but this book is just too disorganized and poorly thought out to be of much interest. Besides the obvious information on Astronomy and some Physics there's a mish mash of Mythology, Astrology, Geography and History; all without clear context or connection. It's all presented as a group of tangental sentences unburdened by the need to make any sense at all.

It's off to the used bookstore for this one!
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