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The Mother Tongue: English and How It Got That Way
really liked it
Bryson, as always, manages to be entertaining while he is imparting knowledge. That is a skill I wish more people had.

For the last couple of years I’ve been listening to a podcast called "The History Of English". I’ve learned a lot abo…

Time for the Stars
really liked it
After the last couple of books I needed something of a palate cleanser, something light and quick and this fit the bill. I ended up knocking it out in two days as compared to the three weeks for the last book.

What is their to say about…

The Wake
liked it
This is a book unlike any other you are likely to have ever read.

Sure, you may have read historical fiction before, but never have you read it in something trying to keep the flavor of the original language used at the time. Tis book d…

Boogers Are My Beat: More Lies, But Some Actual Journalism!
liked it
I can remember laughing hysterically at Dave Barry’s columns in the past so I was looking forward to reading this. It is a collections of his columns from the early 2000’s. And perhaps that was the problem.

The first section of the book…

Inside Pixinsight
it was ok
This was a book I was hoping to like better. To be hones, I usually don’t like these sorts of books. They aim to teach you something but they end up glossing over too much material to be truly useful. Though, to be fair, this would proba…

The Beginning of Infinity: Explanations That Transform the World
it was ok
This was a book that I had much higher hopes for than were actually realized. To be fair, there were two interruptions that slowed down reading this but even weighing that in I found it lacking.

Not that it wasn’t interesting…the subj…

The Deep-sky Imaging Primer
really liked it
I’ve always been interested in photographing the night sky. But, roadblocks kept getting in my way. The primary one was the equipment I had was not well suited to the task. So I put it aside for years. Now, technology has taken it from v…

Curious Wine
really liked it
This was a very fast read. I started it on a Wednesday and finished it on Thursday, less than 24 hours later.

This was written in the early ’80’s and set in 1978. It is the story of a woman in her thirties who, after the breakup of a r…

The 4 Percent Universe: Dark Matter, Dark Energy, and the Race to Discover the Rest of Reality
really liked it
This isn’t a book about dark matter and dark energy as much as it is a look at the people and events leading to the theories. It’s a fascinating read and while it won’t leave you any clearer on what dark matter and especially dark energy…

it was ok
I wanted something light to read after the dense nonfiction book that was my prior read. I’d never read any Nora Ephron and this seemed like it would fit the bill. It’s not the kind of fiction I normally read but I wanted something diffe…