Micro by Michael Crichton & Richard Preston

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Title: Micro by Michael Crichton & Richard Preston

Premise:

A group of graduate students is caught up in a web of intrigue, with Vin Drake and his microbiology company, Nanigen, at its center.  The students find themselves alone in dangerous wilderness and they have to use all of their scientific training and knowledge to try and survive.

My thoughts:

The first thing you need to know is that I LOVE me some good Crichton!  I read my first Crichton books in middle school when I found Terminal Man and Andromeda Strain on the school’s bookshelf.  So when I found this book at the thrift store, I was very excited to read a new book by this beloved author.

Honestly, I still haven’t arrived at a decisive conclusion about whether or not I truly like Micro.  The story is definitely Crichton in concept, but the writing doesn’t always match his style.  Obviously this book had input from Richard Preston, and I think that’s probably where it fails in stacking up to Crichton’s other works.  Crichton had a precision in his writing which is missing in parts of this book.  My other criticism is that the characters tended to get preachy about nature at very odd times.  Who would launch into a speech about the superiority of nature when they’re trekking through jungle on a very tight timeline to save their lives?  Well, apparently these people would.

Even though I wasn’t blown away by the writing, the premise of the story was great.  It brings up some questions about technology and the ethics of how we use it, as well as exploring the tiny world all around us.  When you shrink people down so that the ground becomes a jungle, all of the creepy crawlies get a whole lot scarier.

I recommend Micro to Crichton fans.  You’ll want to read it to round out your knowledge of all of his works, but it probably won’t be your favorite.

Possible Objections:

  • Violence & gore
  • 1 sexual encounter
  • Profanity

Rating: 3 1/2 Stars

Until next time…

Lori

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One Trick Pony by Nathan Hale

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Title: One Trick Pony by Nathan Hale

Premise:

The earth is being decimated by an alien species that is harvesting all of its technology.  A traveling band of humans is trying to salvage as much history as they can while staying one step ahead of the aliens.

My thoughts:

This was a really unique book.  The landscape and characters are interesting and imaginative, but definitely on the bleak side.  Imagine big swaths of the earth just cut right out.  And freaky aliens who are scooping up anything on earth which contains technology.  That will give you an idea of just how desolate the earth is in this story.

The action centers around a group of children who are out exploring and accidentally draw the attention of the aliens.  They try to evade them, but end up right at the heart of the alien enclave.  I won’t tell you the end because that would just wreck the story, but it’s satisfying.

I recommend One Trick Pony to fans of dystopian science fiction.  If you like aliens, this would be right up your alley!

Rating: 3 1/2 Stars

Until next time…

Lori

Maker Lab: 28 Super Cool Projects by Jack Challoner

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I found Maker Lab when we went to the library in a nearby town.  I was hoping that we would be able to do a few of the projects in our homeschooling, but that will have to wait.  We’re packing up to move and most of our supplies are languishing in storage right now.

Premise:

This book is aimed at kids who want to do their own maker projects.  The 28 projects fall into four categories: Food For Thought, Around the Home, Water World, and The Great Outdoors.  Each project has a supply list, clear instructions, a sample, and a short explanation about how it works.  The pictures are colorful and engaging, and enhanced by whimsical doodles.  There is also a short glossary at the end of the book to explain some of the more scientific terms.

My thoughts:

If I were a child, I would want this book!  That’s because I’m a perpetual crafter/project-tackler.  Any child who enjoys doing those hands-on projects will get excited when they see the awesome projects they can complete themselves.

The illustrations and projects are great, but there are only 28 total projects.  So while this is a fun book, it will not keep the dedicated project-maker occupied for too long.  Once you’ve tackled all of the projects, it would be a nice gesture to pass it on to a friend.

I would recommend this book for children of all ages.  The younger ones will need help with the projects, and the older ones will gain satisfaction from completing the projects on their own.

Rating: 4 Stars

Until next time…

Lori

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The Nerdy Mummies Cookbook: Sweet Treats for the Geek in All of Us by Rosanna Pansino

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The Nerdy Mummies Cookbook is so much stinking fun!  It’s the kind of cookbook that you marvel at, thinking, I could never make that!  In reality, I’m sure it just takes willpower and time, but who has those?

Anyhow, there are several sections: Math & Science, Space, Fantasy & Sci-Fi, Gaming, Tech & Web, and Geeky Treats.  Each section contains several recipes that somehow fit that category.  The types of recipes included are cakes, cookies, cupcakes, pie, gelatin, cake pops, sweet rolls, hard candies, crispy treats, cheesecake, s’mores, and a soda-ish beverage.  So, don’t get this book if you don’t like sweets.

In the front of the book, you’ll find some basic recipes for cake, cheesecake, etc. that are used as the base for the fancified culinary creations.  In the back, there are some templates that are required for various recipes.

This book is high quality, well-formatted, and has exceptional photography.  I’d highly recommend it to all geek and nerd types.  You’ll get a kick out of it and I hope that you’ll try one of the recipes, too!

Rating: 5 Stars

 

Until next time…

Lori

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The Nerdy Nummies Cookbook: Sweet Treats for the Geek in All of Us by Rosanna Pansino

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Title: The Nerdy Nummies Cookbook by Rosanna Pansino

Premise:

Rosanna Pansino shares her recipes for a variety of amazing geeky foods.  These culinary creations will earn you serious cool mommy points!

My thoughts:

This cookbook is so much stinking fun!  It’s the kind of cookbook that you marvel at, thinking, I could never make that!  In reality, I’m sure it just takes willpower and time, but who has those?

Anyhow, there are several sections: Math & Science, Space, Fantasy & Sci-Fi, Gaming, Tech & Web, and Geeky Treats.  Each section contains several recipes that somehow fit that category.  The types of recipes included are cakes, cookies, cupcakes, pie, gelatin, cake pops, sweet rolls, hard candies, crispy treats, cheesecake, s’mores, and a soda-ish beverage.  So, don’t get this book if you don’t like sweets.

In the front of the book, you’ll find some basic recipes for cake, cheesecake, etc. that are used as the base for the fancified culinary creations.  In the back, there are some templates that are required for various recipes.

This book is high quality, well-formatted, and has exceptional photography.  I highly recommend it to all geek and nerd types.  You’ll get a kick out of it and I hope that you’ll try one of the recipes, too!

Rating: 5 Stars

Until next time…

Lori

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