23 April 2011

Books!

So I am finally getting around to posting some book reviews meaning that I might start letting this space live up to its name of "well-read."   While I have been reading a lot of junk thanks to the allure of free books for the NOOK, I have read a few that bear actual note.

Poison by Sarah Poole  A pleasant read while being pretty educational.  While the premise and plot are pure fiction, the back story is very well researched.  Consider this a perfect primer if you are as into The Borgias as I currently find myself.

Little Face by Sophie Hannah  I read this after loving The Wrong Mother, and while it was a good book, it fell a bit short of my expectations.  I really like Sophie Hannah and I think that she writes quite cleverly about women, children and relationships, but this book just wasn't, for me, as much of a show-stopper.  However, I would still add this one to your reading lists.

Song of Ice and Fire Series by George R. R. Martin-  I have read the first three in the series and I am currently reading the fourth while anxiously awaiting the fifth and final book this summer.  Simply amazing series even if vaguely medieval fantasy adventure is not generally your bag.  Many compare Martin to Robert Jordan, but these books take all the good bits of Jordan's drivel and deliver it with far less agonizing results.  Martin is a guy who realizes that if you can't wrap up the cycle of the hero in less than 500 pages you might want to just give it up. There is also an HBO series based on the books so that is a nice plus.

Lastly the most amazing book I have read this year is The Panic Virus by Seth Mnookin.  This book is "about" the vaccine autism link.  While that subject matter is evaluated in depth, and Mnookin does a great job of debunking the so-called science that leads people to think vaccines cause autism, the book is really about how easily people will buy into a flawed idea.  The author uses the vaccine debacle to illustrate how the media, politics and the shortfalls of science can quickly conspire to create a group who will persist in their beliefs regardless of what the evidence may say.  This is a must-read not only because of the wonderful look at the subject matter, but also because it will totally re-frame how you see this debate and so many others like it. 

See, it is not all depressive rants and failed dieting around here these days.  We are relatively educated depressive ranters with food issues.   Happy reading!

1 comments:

Alicen said...

I'm certainly going to have to read The Panic Virus! It sounds like just the kind of stuff I'd love. First I need to read Decision Points in the next 9 days...damned the 14 day new release rentals!