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Prime Suspects: Andrew Granville and Jennifer Granville ** 21 July 2019 - A brave attempt to use a graphic novel to explore a fairly obscure bit of maths and the nature of academia fails to communicate effectively with its target audience.
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SOS: Seth Wynes *** 11 July 2019 - It's easy to feel that there is little we can do as individuals to counter climate change. A very short book, with the usual suspects (drive/fly less, eat less meat etc.) plus slightly more unusual suggestions for collective action.
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Bloom: Ruth Kassinger *** 10 July 2019 - Fascinating information on algae particularly if, like me, you didn't even know seaweed was algae - and very readable too. Rather overlong, and some climate concerns, though.
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Intangibles Inc. and Other Stories: Brian Aldiss **** 18 July 2019 - Another blast from the past with this 50-year-old collection of five novellas. Some fantasy, some SF, ranging from straightforward to mind bending, but always interesting.
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Chapter House Dune: Frank Herbert **** 2 July 2019 - The last of the 'real' Dune books. Up to the quality of the series, though it's a shame it didn't draw things to a close.
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Jacob's Ladder: Charlie Pike **** 14 June 2019 - I'm no fan of dystopias, but this one, set on a dying Earth in 2203, was enough of a page turning thriller to keep me glued to it.
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