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Symphony in C: Robert Hazen *** 16 June 2019 - Successfully shows how and why carbon is so crucial to life and so special among the elements. But I found reading the book, particularly all the mineralogy, far more of a chore than it ought to have been.
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Make, Think, Imagine: John Browne *** 11 June 2019 - A celebration of what engineering has done for us (with the ex BP-head facing up to negatives such as climate change). Good homework for MPs, but no Ascent of Man.
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The Moon: Oliver Morton **** 8 June 2019 - The Moon as a topic of science, exploration and human culture. Much to enjoy, though the style can sometimes be a little excessive.
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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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God Emperor of Dune: Frank Herbert ***** 8 June 2019 - Despite a 2,000 year gap in the narrative and a near-alien main character, Herbert manages to bring the distinctness of the original in the fourth Dune book.
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Breach: Eliot Peper **** 30 May 2019 - Although the main character's fight club story the book starts with is a bit off-putting, its exploration of an internet giant that has pretty much taken over the world is really interesting.
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