Dirt is both a facinating history of the stuff under our feet and a good education about how it's created, weathered away, drained or suplimented with nutrients and how human horticultural practices have effected it throughout time.
There are 3 clear sections to the book, the middle of which did seem to drag on repeating the same story over and over again. In fairness to the author though this is more an inditement of our farming practices over the centuries than to his writing style.
Well read and well researched this book is a great starting place for anyone interested in soil. You may even develop some enthusiasm on the subject and go and build yourself a Worm Farm and a compost heap!
If the quality of the opening to this book had been maintained throughout it would have been a 5 start read without question. Unfortunately it deteriorates linearly to a rather pathetic whimper of an ending that even the narrator seems to struggle to finish. It was clearly rushed to a conclusion which is a shame because I had been thoroughly enjoying this book and the potential for a great finale.
Cutting to the chase this is an enjoyable read and well worth having in your library especially if you are new to the genera. If you are looking for a technically deep abnd scientifically accurate read this is not for you. Much of it is conjecture and postulation but it's enjoyable none the less.
That said it's one of many in the genera and nothing in particular makes this one stand head and shoulders above the rest apart from the rather unique look at EMP weaponry. The performance is excellent and the characters are easy to relate to, as are many of the problems they face.
The problem I had with this book was that I kept comparing it to Jerry Pournelle's - "Lucifers Hammer" which although not technically about the same topic shares a similar premise and storyline but delivers it with far more drama, variety and at a faster pace.
An extremely entertaining story focusing on the characters and lives of those living in Whitechapel at the time of the Ripper murders. Watson, the narrator, describes his experiences along with his view on the investigation being conducted by Sherlock Holmes.
Although the killings are covered they are not the focus of the story and the gore is not overstated. The book didn't need it either because it stands well on it's own without unnecessary focus on the details of the killings.
For those familiar with Jack the Ripper, the killings and the events you'll be glad to know they are covered in full as part of this story. Only at the end does the book take you down the path not known to history and... I won't ruin it for you.
Well worth the credit/purchase. This is a superbly presented and narrated work. I challenge you not to start speaking like Dr Watson as you listen to it!
I purchased this book after watching the TV series "The Pacific" on the understanding that the book was one of the major influences of the series. After reading this book I'd say most of the series is base on Sledge's experience and this book.
This is by far the most real and gut wrenching piece of literature I have ever read. Without drama or embellishment, Sledge walks you through his very steps from Boot Camp to battle. You can't help but fall into moments of pensive reflection as he describes his surroundings his harrowing experiences and those of his fellow marines and the enemy.
I would happily have swapped this book for all the education I received at school on WWII for it gives a far more realistic portrait of war itself and the brutal reality faced by those on the front line.
This book leaves "The Pacific" tv series behind on any conceivable measure and I assure you that you will not be disappointed. A highly recommended read which I must publicly thank E.B. Sledge for taking the time to share with the world.
A fascinating read delivering all the blurb suggest and a little humour to boot, tastefully of course. In fact it's worth reading this book just to see how the author manages to broach this sensitive topic in such detail and not offend.
I've learned a huge amount about cadavers, death, and the future of body disposal. I've even been inspired to go off and read more about specifics mentioned in this book.
If you want to know more about death and what can happen to you after you die, and even more about your choices after you die, then you are in the right place in these pages.
If you follow the Zombie genre you will no doubt be aware of the rules; infection occurs due to bites or ingestion of body fluid, death occurs followed by reanimation, zombies are alerted by sound, aim for the head etc. I was surprised and grew to enjoy this books detour from the established 'facts'. Although many holes remain in the how and why in this book I think it's fair to say this is a commentary true to all Zombie stories.
The narrator's delivery in her southern drawl is enchanting and you really feel like you are living the life of the main character. That said this is not a literary masterpiece more of a trashy novel (as the title perhaps eludes to). Secondary characters lack depth and I would have enjoyed more of an insight into some of them. Perhaps the other books in the series answer some of the questions raised above?
I'm glad I purchased this book and will most likely listen to more in the series. The new take on Zombies and the delivery make it well worth the credit and I'd happily recommend it to Zombie genre fans.
This book was both more and less than I expected. More in that the views presented were combined from a plethora of sources of Hindustani origin, and less in that I expected it to cover the Sovereign Rule of India too. It takes you right up to that point and that's where this story ends. I can't complain though as the title makes it clear what it does and does not cover!
This book is very well balanced and tells the history of the Company from the point of view of it's merchants, Indian Traders and Kings. It's told more from the perspective of the effect the company had on India and Great Britain and makes it quite clear that there wasn't really a driving force or goals being the Company any different from any other company i.e. to make money. The fact that Hindustanis adopted british law as defined by Company contracts is a quirk of the relationship not a master plan by the UK to rule India.
I thoroughly enjoyed this broad and insightful book and wouldn't hesitate to recommend it.
I really enjoyed this autobiography. Arnold is candid about his experiences, goals and how he achieved what he set out to achieve. He narrates the first and last chapters, I just wish he could have done more because it's all the more real in his iconic accent.
This incredibly driven man shares his life from his starting out body building, doing time in the army as a tank driver, moving to America, getting into real estate, becoming an action movie actor and defining the genre, to becoming governor of California.
This was money well spent. I've complimented my reading by watching all of his movies in chronological order which is also quite a ride!
Poul Anderson has a wonderful imagination and doesn't hesitate to go into accurate detail of historical periods. The overall concept of the book is sound but the story does drag on at times.
Although I've enjoyed the narrators work before, this is not Tom Weiners' best work and unfortunately it does detract from the overall experience.
If you've liked Anderson's previous work I can still recommend this, but it'll be hard going for those not already a fan.
This book is part history part personal story collection. Very well read and compiled, I would call it enjoyable but for the horific contents and details of one of the most bloody conflicts of our time.
I'd recommend we all know more about this war before making further decisions on North Korean and China in modern times.
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