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Fifty Minerals That Changes the Course of History, by Eric Chaline: A Review

There should be a good deal to like in a book that promises to review the minerals that have changed the course of history. Minerals, and mineralogy as a science, have led to countless developments in human history, and there … Continue reading

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Nerd Do Well, by Simon Pegg: A Review

First, the standard disclaimer. I’ve enjoyed Simon Pegg’s work for years, from his radio appearances on BBC Radio 4’s The 99p Challenge to television in Big Train and Spaced, and into the world of films like Shaun of the Dead and Hot … Continue reading

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So Close to Home, by James Blish: A Review

Some of the first science fiction that I read, in my youth, consisted of the twelve volumes of adaptations of the original series of Star Trek, as written, almost exclusively, by American science fiction writer James Blish. So while I … Continue reading

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The Adventures of Solar Pons, by August Derleth: A Review

A sadly inferior knock-off of the Sherlock Holmes stories, Solar Pons is here presented in twelve tales as a sort of successor to Conan Doyle’s great fictional detective. August Derleth, the Wisconsinite founder of the legendary publisher Arkham House, was … Continue reading

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The Killings at Badger’s Drift, by Caroline Graham: A Short Review

Long before I had ever seen that odd little half-jig that John Nettles’ version of Tom Barnaby does to indicate amusement or interest, I was aware of Midsummer Murders purely in a comedy sense. It was regularly mocked by the … Continue reading

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Keep the Aspidistra Flying, by George Orwell: A Short Review

Ye gods, this was an irritating book. George Orwell’s 1936 novel is the story of Gordon Comstock. Comstock fancies himself a poet and a writer, no less, living in London in 1935. He published a slim volume of promising verse called … Continue reading

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