An excellent book, as is everything from Bryson.
The debunking of whether Shakespeare wrote his own stuff or not.
It is fascinating that Shakespeare's work has such an influence on our modern world and so little is actually known about him. Bryson handles this well and at the end of it... Shakespeare is still Shakespeare.
My wife always asks me what I'm reading (listening) and I'm usually not at a loss to tell her what a book is about. This has been the case with all of Mr. Mieville's books so far, and the more so with Embassytown. One good thing about his work is that he doesn't spend any time with set-up. He doesn't go out of his way to explain things... you have to get it from context as the book moves along. Embassytown was rough going at first, but well worth the effort to keep at it.
Having said that, Mieville is one of the most imaginative authors I've read. His command of English is remarkable and he spins a great yarn. This author has a big vocabulary and he's sent me to the dictionary more than once. One small negative: He beats the heck out of the word "palimpsest" in "Perdido Street Station".... but palimpsest is a good word and Mieville uses it very well, every time.
Excellent book. The history and the science are both fascinating. Many, many insights into food and vocabulary, politics and economics. I've read The Basque History of the World and am about to buy the book on COD. I've become a great fan of Kurlansky's approach to subject matter and his unique style of writing. Very well done.
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