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Conspirata by Robert   Harris
Conspirata (Cicero, #2)
by Robert Harris (Goodreads Author)
read in February, 2016
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Volume 2 of the Cicero trilogy moves at a quicker pace than Volume 1. Again, Harris mixes fact and fancy to bring ancient Rome and Cicero's role in it to life. It's much easier to read Plutarch's version of Cicero's life after having fun with this o ...more
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A Beautiful Question by Frank Wilczek
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It's humbling to think there's a whole world out there that we will never know. Sort of like the fourth dimension, except apparently it's real.
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A Beautiful Question by Frank Wilczek
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Wilczek finds the beauties in nature's design, from the discoveries of Pythagoras to those of Higgs. I read the early sections with interest and some understanding. As the book marched on into modern times, I turned the pages with some interest, and ...more
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The Royal Succession by Maurice Druon
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The fourth book in this great series about the French monarchy in the early 14th century. As usual, Mr. Druon does an excellent job of building a first-rate novel on a strong, historically accurate base. If you've read this many books in the series, ...more
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Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter
Pretty Girls
by Karin Slaughter (Goodreads Author)
read in January, 2016
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I want to be fair, so I'll just say I didn't like this book. If it's a thriller you want, find one which is better written, with characters whose motivations are consistent and make sense, better edited, and without endless and mostly gratuitous viol ...more
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Imperium by Robert   Harris
Imperium: A Novel of Ancient Rome (Cicero, #1)
by Robert Harris (Goodreads Author)
read in January, 2016
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The first of three novels based on the life of Cicero, the legendary Roman leader and orator. A mixture of fact and imagination (in what proportion I'm not qualified to say), Imperium is an informed look into the culture and politics of ancient Rome ...more
How to Teach Quantum Physics to Your Dog by Chad Orzel
" Mark, bravo. Reading this essay brought me as close to understanding these concepts as I ever expect to get. And, even if I hadn't liked the rest of t ...more "
Rise of the Robots by Martin Ford
" Hi Mark,

Your comments are valid, and I agree with your point about alarmist views. I've loaned my copy of the book to my daughter, so I can't offer q
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Rise of the Robots by Martin Ford
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In this ambitious yet highly readable book, Mr. Ford surveys the current state of technology and draws some thought-provoking and startling conclusions. The scope of his research about recent developments and what's coming down the pike is enormous, ...more
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