The books deals well with mysticism without being mystical, and uses a subset of English so the reader feels the alien ways these early people without being cryptic.
This is a sort of speculative fiction, because the main character is a human living tens of thousands of years ago, along side Mammoths and Neanderthals.
I've been participating in the world of online dating recently. Subconsciously, I think I picked this one up as a self-help book, but it clearly isn't. I did learn valuable information, however, about the various websites and strategies out there. Included was a sort of history of dating, from the 20th to the 21st century. How the automobile and contraception changed things, etc. There is also a long chapter dedicated to the mail order bide phenomenon, and Colombian "premium foreign dating" or whatever it's called. That was kind of disturbing.
I mostly got the feeling that author was trying to report facts without too much bias. You know, journalism. Sometimes, though, Slater would focus on describing a person's look, or personality, instead of who they are and what they did. Creative license, I suppose, but also colorful bias.
I get thirsty for science when reading pop culture books like this. The title had the word "algorithms" on it, so I expected the book to cover some of that. It did give an overview of OK Cupid's system, which is fascinating, but I didn't learn anything new from it.
Developed and realistic exobiology and alien society. The mystery and tension were satisfactorily resolve in the end. This resolution was consistent with the science of the premise. The characters were clear and likable, even the artificial intelligence. There were exciting and fun action scenes, too.
The scene from the beginning, where the protagonist is running for her life.
There were a few unjustified similarities shared by Europa and Earth life, such as hemoglobin, an endocrine system, etc.
This book is exceedingly boring. The same few anecdotes from history are discussed over and over, but nothing conclusive or provable is discovered. It is richly philosophical, but in the way that puts off a scientific mind and does not inspire curiosity or profound thought. If you like to read science, skip it. If you can't sleep, give it a read.
This lecture is very remedial. Anyone who has taken a high school biology class will learn very little from it. The author is redundant, and the pace of the lecture is teasingly slow. However, if you want to learn how to identify bacteria by their field marks, it may be worth a listen. Some of the digressions in the lecture are comically out of place, such as the art history of Johannes Vermeer.
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