Saturday, September 21, 2013

Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal

By Mary Roach

This book was recommended by a fellow nutrition teacher. It contains a lot of digestive system anecdotes, and is fairly amusing. At first, though appreciating the information provided, I wasn't that into Roach's writing style (it seemed like, sometimes, she was trying too hard to be funny). But after a while - either her style changed or I got used to it - it didn't bother me as much. I especially liked the anecdote about OD, a prisoner who hooped (smuggled in his rectum) a collection of staplers, binder rings, and pencil sharpeners. He got his nickname OD, for Office Depot. Quite hilarious. An excellent source of stories for a nutrition/A&P class [352 pp.]

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Monday, September 16, 2013

Gods Behaving Badly

By Marie Phillips

Okay, I hadn't realized that this book is already becoming a movie. That's too bad. I liked the book a lot. I am sure the movie adaptation is not going to be as good, and I am not interested in seeing how the movie directors/producers see Artemis, Apollo, Neil, or Alice. The book is about the interaction between gods and humans and what happens when these interactions go wrong. I thought it was amusing and original, and I liked the style the book was written in. [320 pp.]

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Monday, September 2, 2013

The Long Earth

By Terry Pratchet & Stephen Baxter

This is a sci fi book, but it was fairly easy to read for a non sci fi reader line me. Probably because there weren't many mentions of quantum physics. And there was a bunch of evolution talk. I do get that kind of science. It was pretty neat, to think about the possibilities that open up when new earths are discovered just a step away. [432 pp.]

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