Terse and to the point!
No zombies. No vampires. No angels. No self-help. No horror.
The sheer stupidity of the main character is driving me crazy. I only continue to read it because I paid for it! Who walks into the ocean in the dead of night following the bad guy who is swimming back to his boat? Can believe she wasn't heard. Can't believe that she was able to swim the distance described. He was wearing flippers and a wetsuit; can't believe she got as close to his boat as she did. This is definitely the last of this series for me.
At first I thought I wouldn't find anything in the sale pile but they had a whole category of cozy mysteries and I was able to fill my basket with some cozy reads--and some not so cozy reads like The Stranger and a title from The Flat Book Club list of possible reads. Now I will have plenty to keep me occupied.
So the votes are in and tabulated and we're now officially
The Flat Book Society! Anyone interested in low-stress science (no dry, academic tomes here!) is welcome to join us.
A few points:
There will be a new group read once every other month, starting September 1st.
Books will be voted on by the group.
I have created a voting list to get us started, culled from the list Themis-Athena so very generously put together from the groups suggestions. These are the top 10 books people indicated interest in reading.
Any member of the group can add books to this list. Books must be non-fiction and the main subject must be Science. Please do not add self-help or psychology books. Please note that the BookLikes system assumes if you're adding a book, you're voting for it, so your vote will automatically be recorded for any book you add.
Any member can vote for any number of books, so don't think of this as a one-time vote for your favourite. Vote for all the books you think you'd be interested in reading as part of the group.
I'll use the two books that receive the most votes by August 15th to create the first two club reads. These will be our group reads for September and November.
The voting list will remain in place indefinitely, so as you find books that look like they might be of interest to the group, please add them. (Chosen books will be rolled off the list.)
Please let me know if you have any questions I didn't cover here. I've tried to make sure every book on the voting list has a summary in place, so please look over them and choose your poison!
The Iconoclast's Guide to American History. Well done but there was one thing that drove me nuts listening to this series of lectures. This guy sounds exactly like the campaign director character played by the late Ron Silver on The West Wing--same accent, same pacing, same stridency.
It is a good series of lectures that points out everything that we don't learn in school and all that we tend to forget about the events of American History as we move further away from them and start to paint these events with the brush of modernity.
I remember "the explorers" as being a big thing that was taught in my school system in elementary school and we dutifully learned all the names of the European explorers and where they went, etc. My goodness, we were parochial in our approach to history. So, what was fascinating for me was the scope of these lectures. They went back further into history, covering the ancient Greeks, and they were more global, not limited to European white males. Each lecture covered one explorer or exploration telling the story of the exploration and then commenting on its significance, why it was a pivotal moment human history.
It was a long haul but really not that difficult to follow and since he spends a lot of time talking about the world economy in the 20th and 21st centuries actually quite helpful in helping me understand the world I live in--just don't ask me to recap anything that I have just listened to!
The lecturer is well-spoken and knowledgeable, so it isn't at all hard to sit through all 48 lectures. Some of the lecturers like to dazzle you with their brilliance and flaunt their immense working vocabularies; Herreid has parked his ego at the door and in doing so, is able to present a huge among of information in a relatively short amount of time, clearly and concisely--and without boring you to death.
I've never done a buddy read or joined a book club before, so this is new territory for me. I started listening about an hour ago and so, far, I'm enjoying the book and the experience. Still, I'm not quite sure how all of this works, but I'm sure I'll figure it out.
I will say that this is a very interesting read considering that I just finished listening to a Great Courses lecture series on the Industrial Revolution. There is a certain amount of overlap in the two discussions.