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Death from the Skies! by Philip Plait
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Jul 22, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: 2012

Great book! It started out awesome with some stuff about asteroids, but I knew most of that anyway from the Bill Bryson science book. Then the book got kind of boring for awhile, but starting with the chapter about aliens, it rocketed back into awesome and didn't let up till it was done, and the last chapter, about the death of the universe, was the coolest pop science I've ever read. I got a little tired of the chapter intros where he wrote some death scenarios, and I got a little tired of him grabbing at straws to try to make something look scarey, but the writer really really seems to know his shit, and has a fantastic way to make me understand it. The numbers in this book are just ludicrously big, and that was what I thought before I ever got to the 10^40 years in the future part. Man, if you ever think you've got problems, just read shit like this and you and everything you can imagine will seem so insanely insignificant there's nothing left for you to do except go to bed. The last 100 or so pages of this book are so great that I just changed my mind and will give it 5 instead of 4 stars, despite the huge slump that comes after the first chapter and takes up about half the book. It's that badass.
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