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On the Scent: Paola Totaro and Robert Wainwright *** 29 June 2022 - Highly recommend for anyone who lost their sense of smell due to Covid - for the rest of us, an okay introduction to the science of smell detection.
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The Book of Minds: Philip Ball **** 27 June 2022 - As expected from Ball, an in-depth and thought-provoking look at the nature of mind, even if it doesn't live up to its tagline as we come away feeling that understanding is fairly unlikely.
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How to Tame a Fox: Lee Alan Dugatkin and Lyudmila Trut **** 23 June 2022 - The story of the (very) long experiment using selective breeding to show how dogs make have come into being.
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Blindspace: Jeremy Szal **** 4 July 2022 - Gripping battle scenes in this long but often engaging second novel featuring a main character enhanced with out-of-control alien DNA.
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Star Binder: Robert Appleton **** 28 June 2022 - Good, old fashioned SF with young adult protagonists but readable by adults. An apparently straightforward blossoms when it turns out that this is far more than a 'rough Martian colony' setting.
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The Midwich Cuckoos: John Wyndham ***** 14 June 2022 - Revisited in light of the new TV series: very much a period piece of the late 50s - but a brilliantly imagined book of the consequences of an alien invasion that's very different from War of the Worlds.
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