Oct 14, 08
Read in October, 2008
Weak and labored, academically lilting and a bit trite with argument. The mother-son writing team experiments with novelty, but it reads as a loaded gimmick and doesn't add much to the material (as in the circular passage that simply begins in the middle of a sentence that can serve as a continuous read from the incomplete terminating sentence). Not without merit, but I don't think much meaning would be lost with a well-paced skim of this.
As an aside, it's a serious flaw that Sagan and Margulis bring up the argument against HIV's causative role in clinical AIDS without directly reasoning it out. That argument is so heated (and dramatically favored against the position taken in this book) that it's irresponsible to mention it and then simply tell the reader, "you can read more about this elsewhere." That's not much reflection, and downright lazy in the context of writing to enlighten.