|I cannot live without books. -Thomas Jefferson||Reading Lists|
|Perhaps in time the so-called Dark Ages will be thought of as including our own. -Georg Christoph Lichtenberg||Quotes|
Book Book Review, Title What Is Life?, Author Erwin Schrödinger, Rating 4.5,
I recently re-read portions Erwin SchrÃ¶dinger's amazing little book What is Life, which was a post-war stimulus for a number of physicists to switch from physics to biology and look hard for a physical understanding of living organisms.
Book Briefly Noted, Title The Harry Bosch Series, Author Michael Connelly, Rating 3.5,
As a relatively new Angeleno, I thought it would be fun to read a detective novel that took place in Los Angeles. The Harry Bosch novels by Michael Connelly more than fit the bill. Hieronymus Bosch, is a Los Angeles police detective, and his stories take place mostly in Central, West Los Angeles and the San Fernando valley, the three areas of Los Angeles I am most familiar with.
Book Pocket Review, Title The Constitution Of The United States Of America, Author United States, Rating 4.0,
In one good hour the U.S. Constitution can be read from front to back. It is written in relatively clear language and still has the capacity to surprise.
Book Book Review, Title The Last Kingdom Series, Author Bernard Cornwell, Rating 3.5,
Bernard Cornwell's The Last Kingdom series, ever growing, takes place around the reign of King Alfred the Great of England, and describes the forging of English, Saxon and Norse territories into the the fledgling nation of England. It is generally solid historical fiction, in that it fleshes out a historical era with care, and adds a somewhat plausible adventure story to liven up the slow turn of historical events. The main character, Uhtred of Babbenburg, like, say, Little Big Man of the Wild West, experiences and absorbs all of the main cultures of the time, providing a sturdy historical vehicle for Cornwell's tales.
Book Book Review, Title The Global Public Square, Author Os. Guinness, Rating 2.5,
Os Guiness' The Global Public Square oscillates between a Utopian call for a universal human rights and a sectarian application of those rights, as if the author was of two minds, wrestling with the views of Roger Williams and James Dobson.