An ordinary Utah college student named Reggie Shaw fatally strikes two rocket scientists while texting and driving. Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter Matt Richtel follows Reggie from the moment of the tragedy, through the police investigation, the state's groundbreaking prosecution, and ultimately, Reggie's wrenching admission of responsibility. Richtel parallels Reggie's journey with leading-edge scientific findings regarding human attention and the impact of technology on our brains.
The story of the consequences of inattention while driving, from a single tragic case to the science behind inattention, is an important one This book was well researched, if at times a bit overwhelming in details.
From best-selling author Neal Stephenson and critically acclaimed historical and contemporary commercial novelist Nicole Galland comes a captivating and complex near-future thriller combining history, science, magic, mystery, intrigue, and adventure that questions the very foundations of the modern world.
The basic plot, that magic was an integral part of the world until 1851 when it suddenly ceased, and that a secret government organization is trying to bring it back in present day is solid and provides an inexhaustible supply of subplots. I have two criticisms. One is that given the structure of the story, that it is derived from personal journals and official documents, there are times when it is extremely tedious to listen to as the narrator must read the dates and numerous times of certain documents whereas someone reading the book could just skim over this. There are times I wanted to scream listening to this. The second is that the ending leaves most plot lines unresolved thus forcing us to wait for a presumed sequel. This was not clear at the beginning and I thought this was stand alone book.
Tara Westover was 17 the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches and sleeping with her "head-for-the-hills bag". In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged in her father's junkyard. Her father forbade hospitals, so Tara never saw a doctor or nurse. Gashes and concussions, even burns from explosions, were all treated at home with herbalism.
This memoir of a woman who grew up isolated on a mountain in Idaho in a household dominated by a bipolar Mormon fundamentalist is excellent. As her father had a paranoid fear of the government, she didn’t attend school and had minimal homeschooling. As her father didn’t believe in doctors, all treatment was homeopathic, even some horrendous injuries. Watching her develop from a child to adulthood was fascinating. I do want to give away too much detail, just read it!
In the chaotic aftermath of World War II, American college girl Charlie St. Clair is pregnant, unmarried, and on the verge of being thrown out of her very proper family. She's also nursing a desperate hope that her beloved cousin Rose, who disappeared in Nazi-occupied France during the war, might still be alive.
The core of this book is the real WWI spy network run by Louise de Bettignies, aka Alice Dubois, chronicled in "The Queen of Spies" by Major Thomas Coulson published in 1935 and other sources. The addition of a post WWII timeline that eventually ties to the basic story had more potential than realized because at times overly maudlin.
Being a sentient spaceship really should be more fun. But after spreading out through space for almost a century, Bob and his clones just can't stay out of trouble. They've created enough colonies so humanity shouldn't go extinct. But political squabbles have a bad habit of dying hard, and the Brazilian probes are still trying to take out the competition. And the Bobs have picked a fight with an older, more powerful species with a large appetite and a short temper.
At some point in each of the books of this trilogy I decided it wasn't worth continuing. I'm not sure why I finished it but would recommend not even starting. The best plot was well conceived and the subplots were often good but the writing is generally trite and the reader makes it worse.
In 2061 a young scientist invents a time machine to fix a tragedy in his past. But his good intentions turn catastrophic when an early test reveals something unexpected: the end of the world. A desperate plan is formed: recruit three heroes, ordinary humans capable of extraordinary things, and change the future.
Would you try another book from R. R. Haywood and/or Carl Prekopp?
What was most disappointing about R. R. Haywood’s story?
With a solid plot (team formed of people from different time periods extracted at the point of their death using a time machine whose goal is to prevent a future apocalypse), and initially good character development, this story sadly severely bogged down as the writer tried to create enough material to fill Book 1 without really advancing the plot much. I would not recommend starting this series.
What character would you cut from Extracted?
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The Irish-American story, with all its twists and triumphs, is told through the improbable life of one man. A dashing young orator during the Great Famine of the 1840s, in which a million of his Irish countrymen died, Thomas Francis Meagher led a failed uprising against British rule, for which he was banished to a Tasmanian prison colony. He escaped and six months later was heralded in the streets of New York - the revolutionary hero, back from the dead, at the dawn of the great Irish immigration to America.
Would you try another book from Timothy Egan and/or Gerard Doyle?
I might as this was well written and well read BUT I gave this only two stars as I think the title character Thomas Meagher was a tragic person not worthy of being called immortal. While clearly a brilliant orator, he used his skills for doomed causes- the Young Ireland Rebellion of 1848 the most glaring example.
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Code Name Verity is a compelling, emotionally rich story with universal themes of friendship and loyalty, heroism and bravery. Two young women from totally different backgrounds are thrown together during World War II: one a working-class girl from Manchester, the other a Scottish aristocrat, one a pilot, the other a wireless operator. Yet whenever their paths cross, they complement each other perfectly and before long become devoted friends. But then a vital mission goes wrong....
If you could sum up Code Name Verity in three words, what would they be?
Intriguing and heart warming
Who was your favorite character and why?
Julie- clever and courageous
What does Morven Christie and Lucy Gaskell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
If you could take any character from Code Name Verity out to dinner, who would it be and why?
Julie- great conversationalist
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While listed as a young adult novel, I'm 68 yo and thoroughly enjoyed it. Well written and well read.
Inara Erickson is exploring her deceased aunt's island estate when she finds an elaborately stitched piece of fabric hidden in the house. As she peels back layer upon layer of the secrets it holds, Inara's life becomes interwoven with that of Mei Lein, a young Chinese girl mysteriously driven from her home a century before. Through the stories Mei Lein tells in silk, Inara uncovers a tragic truth that will shake her family to its core - and force her to make an impossible choice.
Interesting story interweaving a late 19th century timeline with the present day highlighting the severe anti-Chinese racism of the late 1800s. However in my mind overly sentimental to the point of that at times distracting from the story.
Mutiny. Disease. Starvation. Cannibals. From the ancient wayfarers to modern astronauts, world explorers have blazed trails fraught with danger. Yet, as History's Greatest Voyages of Exploration vividly demonstrates, exploration continues to be one of humanity's deepest impulses. Across 24 lectures that unveil the process by which we came to know the far reaches of our planet, you'll witness the awe-inspiring and surprisingly interconnected tale of global exploration.
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Excellent review of important voyages of exploration from antiquity to modern times. My only (minor) complaint is the professor's determination to pronounce every name in the language of that person rather than English. At times sounds forced and is annoying.