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Every Soul a Star by Wendy Mass
Every Soul a Star

skeptijim, November 8, 2011

An excellent middle-grades novel. It's been favorably compared to Spinnelli's Stargirl but I would have to give this one the edge (as much as I loved that one). Three compelling characters in a fascinating situation with realistic emotional arcs that aren't over-dramatic. Two very different girls and a guy find themselves at the Moon Shadow Campground. Ally has lived there all her life but her family is moving away. Bree's family is taking over and she couldn't be less interested. Jack is only trying to help out his science teacher in a last-ditch effort to save a grade. They all get way more than they bargained for and the impending total eclipse becomes a defining moment in each of their lives and these stories of self-discovery.
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Good Book by A C C Grayling
Good Book

skeptijim, September 21, 2011

A font of all human wisdom. Liking the chapter-and-verse structure of that other well-know bible (but not so much the supernatural), Grayling, one of the most well-read people on the planet, has taken some of the best human thinkers all around the globe and all through time (until about, cleverly enough, those now under copyright) and presents it here under headings like Wisdom, Sages, Parables, Consolations, etc. The catch is, he doesn't directly quote his sources so there's no way for you to tell who said what. It could be Socrates, Mark Twain, or anyone in between. His point, of course, is that it's the wisdom and not who says it that is meaningful. And in these days of misquotations and false attributions, he's probably right. The parables are my favorite so far and easiest to share. This is definitely a book to be read slowly, in bits, and returned to again and again.
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Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson
Cryptonomicon

skeptijim, September 20, 2011

This is an amazing feat. It's long but it's like more than one book at once so trust me, you'll never be bored. WWII era action along with modern day cypber-hacking and the best poetical description of eating a bowl of Cap'N Crunch in literature. I am jealous of you if you have yet to read it.
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The Blind Watchmaker: Why the Evidence of Evolution Reveals a Universe without Design by Richard Dawkins
The Blind Watchmaker: Why the Evidence of Evolution Reveals a Universe without Design

skeptijim, September 20, 2011

Richard Dawkins has written many books and I've read many of them. they're all great, but this one is the best. If you only read one book by Dawkins--heck, if you only read one evolutionary biology book--read this one. It's wonderous, poetic, and brilliantly argued.
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The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science by Richard Holmes
The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science

skeptijim, September 20, 2011

I love science history. I love Romantic poetry and literature. This book is how the Romantic period writers and scientists influenced each other. It is the best survey of science history I've read since Bryson's Short History of Nearly Everything. This one delves much deeper into the lives and times of certain scientists and explorers and is a true masterpiece.
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