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33 excellent books about science (0)

Astronomy. Epidemiology. Lexicography. Microbiology. These are among the thirty different scientific fields discussed and explained in the thirty-three excellent books about science that I’ve read and reviewed. I’m listing them here in alphabetical order by the fields’ names. Each is linked to my review. (If a link comes up short, just go to www.malwarwickonbooks.com and… Read More ›

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Nonfiction »

An eye-opening book about the air we breathe

Caesar’s Last Breath: Decoding the Secrets of the Air Around Us, by Sam Kean @@@@@ (5 out of 5) Ever heard of dichlorodifluoromethane? (That’s CCl2F2 to you chemistry students.) Well, guess what? You inhale seven trillion molecules of the stuff every time you breathe. Yes, it’s in the air we breathe. That’s just one of the lesser… Read More ›

Trade Fiction »

Secrets and lies in a young adult thriller, and it’s not science fiction (0)

The Doubt Factory, by Paolo Bacigalupi @@@@ (4 out of 5) Let’s start with a confession. I’ve been a fan of Paolo Bacigalupi’s science fiction ever since reading The Windup Girl, which I regard as one of the best sci-fi novels I’ve ever read. The future scenario the author portrays is compelling and strikingly imaginative,… Read More ›

Mysteries & Thrillers »

From Timothy Hallinan, a very funny crime novel set in Hollywood (0)

King Maybe (Junior Bender #5), by Timothy Hallinan @@@@ (4 out of 5) Junior Bender is the most ethical burglar you’ll ever meet (assuming you ever meet burglars). You’re just as likely to find him declining to steal something he knows the owner truly loves, because he really doesn’t want to hurt anybody. Mostly he… Read More ›

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33 excellent books about science (0)

Astronomy. Epidemiology. Lexicography. Microbiology. These are among the thirty different scientific fields discussed and explained in the thirty-three excellent books about science that I’ve read and reviewed. I’m listing them here in alphabetical order by the fields’ names. Each is linked to my review. (If a link comes up short, just go to www.malwarwickonbooks.com and… Read More ›