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Flawed by worth reading

Sixty Days and Counting (Science in the Capital, #3)Sixty Days and Counting by Kim Stanley Robinson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I wanted to like this concluding volume of Robinson’s trilogy more than I did–in fact, parts were very good. What holds me back and reduces my rating is primarily the naive politics, often expressed in unbelievable blog “chats” by the President of the US. The conspiracy suspense story is fun and exciting. The “domestic” drama of a father trying to do right by his young sons also good. The science in the science fiction is plausible and the effects of global climate change all-too likely. Then there is the unlikely resolution to all-things China that spoils much of the end of the book. I do like the weaving of Buddhism, science, and real politik. And the characters are complex and interesting.

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A comprehensive guide through the incomprehensible mind of genius.

A comprehensive guide through the incomprehensible mind of genius.

Leonardo da VinciLeonardo da Vinci by Walter Isaacson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A biography itten through the lens of Leonardo’s jounals, this work by Isaacson is a comprehensive journey through the comprehensive but incomprehensible mind of a genius. Organizing by topic as much as chronology, Isaacson helps us see how Leonardo sought to understand all things and reveal the intersections and connections within.

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A Worthy Effort

A Worthy Effort

We Deserve the Gods We Ask ForWe Deserve the Gods We Ask For by Seth Brady Tucker
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Seth Brady Tucker’s collection seems earnest. But for me the conceit of superheroes mixed with real or imagined characters doing dramatic monologues did not work well enough. Perhaps a bit more editing–and I don’t mean the occasional typos–would have strengthened what is a noteworthy effort at describing PTSD and the soldier’s experience, as well as giving voice to other speakers. The diction sometimes stretches too far and is in danger of trivializing heartfelt emotion. Nonetheless, “We Deserve” is worth reading at least once.

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