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Undeniable – Book Review

4 out of 5 stars

“Creationism, unlike science, can predict nothing. Along with it being obviously wrong, it is obviously not useful.”

Twenty years later and Bill Nye is still teaching generations of people. As a child, I was an avid Bill Nye the Science Guy fan. As an adult reading this book, it just solidified the fact that I am still an avid Nye fan.

A few years ago, Nye was invited to debate creationist Ken Ham. This inspired him to write this very novel. Nye pulls together several creationist theories about evolution and debunks them using scientific facts. As someone very interested in science in general, I still found myself learning new things and I thoroughly enjoy learning. As an atheist, I found the theories creationists developed completely idiotic at times and therefore, enjoyed it when Nye used facts to combat beliefs. The above quote may be harsh if you’re religious, but personally I found it so accurate that it stood out and needed to be used as an introduction to this review.

Evolution is a fascinating subject and the journey through evolution that Nye pulls you into is as entertaining as it is educational.

I feel that there was a missed opportunity to title the book UndeNYEable, but alas, I’m sure that he wanted to be taken seriously with his first foray into writing. I won’t hold that against him. I am taking a star away because of his incessant need to mock an old employer. One joke, fine. Five jokes later and I’m a little over it Bill. It pulled away from the importance of the book.

“Humans may have more trouble understanding nature than nature does is all I’m saying.”

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New House Book Haul

I penny pinched for seemly forever to get this house, so I splurged a little and bought myself some new books as a house warming present. I still don’t have much time for reading but that should be changing in the next week or two, I may as well have a mighty selection to choose from. Of course, after a weekend of doing things, I’m kind of regretting my splurge, but I cannot undo the past. >:D

On the Kindle:

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Physical copies:

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I’m about to finally finish Kings of the Wyld and then I’ll be picking up Red Sister as it’s my Goodreads group’s Book of the Month. Super excited to start it though because I love Mark Lawrence.

Cannibalism – Book Review

Cannibalism: A Perfectly Natural History

4 out of 5 stars

“I also learned that normal behavior or not, sometimes cannibalism in the animal kingdom can get downright weird.”

Is anyone else a little hungry right now?

No?

Hmm.

Ninety percent of my reading is fiction but every once in awhile I get an intense itch to learn something and the weirder, the better. Problem is, sometimes I know way too much about the weird things to learn anything new. When it comes to cannibalism, this was not the case.

While highly informative, I was never bored and for me, that is an important factor in a non-fiction novel. I enjoyed the scientific research in every aspect of the book, even when bringing to light that sometimes, scientists can be a little too close-minded.

This probably isn’t for the queasiest of stomachs, I’ll admit to only getting nauseous over one section, human placenta eating. To be fair though, I have a pretty iron stomach and the subject matter doesn’t skeev me out like a lot of people.

So the moral of the cannibal story is, if you like facts and taboo subjects, this is definitely for you.

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SCIENCE!

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I won’t pretend that the current presidential administration hasn’t inspired me to do many things in opposition to them. Peaceful protest, signing numerous petitions, watching politics closely, no longer restraining my tongue against ignorance, supporting the free press, educating myself on the issues and researching politicians.

A recent discussion with The Shameful Narcissist and then with my husband, has fueled yet another quest in opposition. I’ve felt for a few years now that I missed my calling as a biologist, so after we purchase our first house, we’re both going to look into going back to school. Myself for environmental science and my husband for information technology. As my husband so eloquently said, “There’s no reason not to.”

Unfortunately neither one of us can quit our jobs and go to school full time (especially after buying a house) so it will be several years before I can even complete my Associate’s Degree but I’m excited none the less. FOR SCIENCE!

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Polly Pissy Pants Post

So that hideous rash? HIVES. Hives that I cannot figure out why the fuck they are plaguing me. To every single person who has had to experience this, I’m sorry. You do not deserve this type of warfare befall upon yourself for simply existing. Hopefully, you were able to discover the cause of your intense allergic reaction. I have not, and it is maddening. I am ready to flay myself. Where is Ramsey Bolton when you actually need a sadistic bastard to do your bidding?

Clearly, this has left me incredibly cranky and tired as shit. Having to fix not one but two vehicles didn’t help my mood either. Add to the fact, that I got nothing done that I had planned for the weekend. Polly Pissy Pants may be my new permanent title if these hives don’t fuck off.

My reading has been sporadic and delayed and quite frankly, all over the fucking place. I try to do myself the service of not reading more than two books at a time. But book ADD has kicked into full swing and I have four going at once. The fourth book is firmly blamed upon my younger cousin as I was hanging out with him today while the vehicle was being fixed and he insisted I read it. Damn book wyrm cousin! (I’m really enjoying it so far though so don’t read that as me actually being mad. It may be the one thing that did not make me cranky today.)

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Still not entirely sure about this one. Characters are interesting but I’m little worn out on the werewolves = white trash trope. We’ll see how it ends before I give any official opinion on it.

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I love George Carlin. I’m reading this on my lunches at work which is really the only way to read it. These are literally braindroppings. Anything he found mildly interesting and/or funny found their way here. 

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I want to be more one-with-the-Earth and in doing so, wanted to research more into Druidism. Borrowing this from a friend as a starting point.

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This is the book my little cousin thrust at me. It was on my to-read list anyway and I had time to kill so why not? I’m about 75 pages in and it’s definitely intriguing.

Polly Pissy Pants OUT!

The Three-Body Problem – Book Reviewish

DNF at 26%

I didn’t get far enough to say that there is anything wrong with this book. (Hence, why I’m not actually rating it.) In fact, a lot of the science stuff was fun but I was just not connecting with it. Plus, a more exciting sci-fi book came in from the library and I’ve been enjoying that more already and I’m only 55 pages in. (The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet)

Here’s the summary though because some people in my Goodreads group really enjoyed it. It just wasn’t for me:

“1967: Ye Wenjie witnesses Red Guards beat her father to death during China’s Cultural Revolution. This singular event will shape not only the rest of her life but also the future of mankind.

Four decades later, Beijing police ask nanotech engineer Wang Miao to infiltrate a secretive cabal of scientists after a spate of inexplicable suicides. Wang’s investigation will lead him to a mysterious online game and immerse him in a virtual world ruled by the intractable and unpredicatable interaction of its three suns.

This is the Three-Body Problem and it is the key to everything: the key to the scientists’ deaths, the key to a conspiracy that spans light-years and the key to the extinction-level threat humanity now faces.”

Among Wolves – Book Review

(This will be my first book review in which you experience my ire for crappy writing. I do not mince my words and don’t feel remorse about such things.)

Among Wolves by R.A. Hakok

I think I’m being pranked.

Because I’m looking at reviews and ratings by other people of this book and they are all 4 to 5 stars. And all I can think, is that you guys have a taste for garbage. You enjoy the three day old banana peel sitting at the top of the trash can. When no one is looking, you’re snacking on moldy bread that fell on the floor beside the trash can that someone was too lazy to pick up and throw away properly.

This book is that trash can. A massive heap of garbage.

I mean, the only way you could have possibly liked this is if you don’t read a lot of post-apocalyptic/sci-fi books. The best sci-fi, has actual plausible science in it, at least partially.

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