Friday, June 15, 2018

Limits Force Creativity

The Tethered Mage (Swords and Fire, #1)The Tethered Mage by Melissa Caruso
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I loved it for its theme of people of different backgrounds forced into partnership in order to make life better. It's a good theme for now and the times to come. There's character development instead of cookie-cutter role playing. Even though I received an e-galley, I bought and read the paperback. It was worth the cost. I'll read the sequels.

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Crescent City Magic

The City of Lost Fortunes (Crescent City #1)The City of Lost Fortunes by Bryan Camp
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

An amazing job. I did not have high expectations, but I was blown away by this deeply felt, perfectly imagined, nuanced and ultimately uplifting novel. And he gets the magic right.

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Friday, January 12, 2018

What a Plant Knows

What a Plant Knows: A Field Guide to the SensesWhat a Plant Knows: A Field Guide to the Senses by Daniel Chamovitz
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Elegantly expressed overview of current plant research, comparing plant senses and human senses. Debunks some of the ideas expressed in The Secret Life of Plants, at least as they were popularized in the media, and yet in the end saying plants are aware. Disappointingly short, only 141 pages plus 30 pages of notes, index, and acknowledgements. Highly recommended for people who love to read science. Good discussion of epinegenetics, also. Saw it reviewed in Science News, asked the library to order, and will be getting it back so the 10 other people in line can read it.
It was so good I bought the book. Scientists who write well are even more rare than writers who write well about science...but if they're writing, they're not doing the science...but if they're not explaining the science...anyway. Richard Feynman, Loren Eiseley, Michio Kaku: that kind of five stars writing.

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