Archive | May 2017

Review: ‘Earth’, by Jeffrey Jerome Cohen and Linda T. Elkins-Tanton

                                                                 Publication Date: 9th May 2017

Published by: Bloomsbury Academic  

Edition: Paperback

I.S.B.N.: 9781501317910 

Price: $14.95

 

Blurb:

Object Lessons is a series of short, beautifully designed books about the hidden lives of ordinary things.

In Earth, a planetary scientist and a literary humanist explore what happens when we think of the Earth as an object viewable from space. As a “blue marble,” “a blue pale dot,” or, as Chaucer described it, “this litel spot of erthe,” the solitary orb is a challenge to scale and to human self-importance. Beautiful and self-contained, the Earth turns out to be far less knowable than it at first appears: its vast interior an inferno of incandescent and yet solid rock and a reservoir of water vaster than the ocean, a world within the world. Viewing the Earth from space invites a dive into the abyss of scale: how can humans apprehend the distances, the temperatures, and the time scale on which planets are born, evolve, and die?

Object Lessons is published in partnership with an essay series in The Atlantic.

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Oh, I’ve been nominated for a Mystery Blogger Award

Thanks to Planet Pailly for the nomination, I’m flattered, shocked and embarrassed. Also thank you to Okoto Enigma for creating this award.

Award Rules

  • Put the award logo on your blog.
  • List the rules.
  • Thank whoever nominated you and link to their blog.
  • Mention the creator of the award (Okoto Enigma) and provide a link as well.
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
  • Nominate roughly 10 – 20 people for this award.
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blogs.
  • Ask your nominees five questions.
  • Share a link to your best/favorite post that you’ve written.

Three Things About Myself

  1. When I was a kid I was given a typewriter for one of my birthdays. Or possibly Christmas.
  2. I used it to write really bad ‘Famous Five’/’Swallows and Amazons’ type children’s adventures.
  3. I used to write during the night and wake everyone up with the sound of me hitting the keyboard. And possibly talking to myself.

Five Questions from Planet Pailly

  • What do you want to be when you grow up?

I refuse to grow up. Adulthood is a mugs game.

  • What book has had the most influence on you?

The Lord of The Rings

  • Has a movie ever brought you to tears? If so, what movie was it?

Loads of films make me cry. The Return of the King, and, The Help, are good ones if you need a good bawl.

  • If you were a dinosaur, which dinosaur do you think you’d be and why?

An ichthyosaur. I like the idea of swimming around in the Triassic ocean being the top predator. Have you seen them teeth!Thalattoarchon saurophagis looking big mean and ichthyosaurian. Here ...

  • What will be the title of your autobiography?

Where’s did I put my glasses?

Nominees

Gosh, this is hard. I’d nominate Planet Pailly, if James hadn’t already nominated me.

Blissful Scribbles

Grendel’s Mother

The Shameful Sheep

Okay, I know I’m supposed to nominate 10 – 20 bloggers but I’m not very good at this stuff. So two will have to do for now. I think I’ll have to add more blogs as I go along. I read irregularly, it doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy reading all the blogs I follow, only that I don’t have a huge amount of time to read more than a couple of posts a day.

My Five Questions

  1. When did you start writing?
  2. Pluto: Planet or not?
  3. Favourite place to write?
  4. Pen or word processor for the first draft?
  5. If you were a mythical creature, what would you be?

 

 

Review: ‘What Regency Women Did For Us’ by Rachel Knowles

PubWhat Regency Women Did For Uslished by: Pen & Sword 

Publication Date: 5th April 2017

 ISBN: 9781473882249

Price: £10.39

Blurb

Regency women inhabited a very different world from the one in which we live today. Considered intellectually inferior to men, they received little education and had very few rights. This book tells the inspirational stories of twelve women, from very different backgrounds, who overcame often huge obstacles to achieve success. These women were pioneers, philanthropists and entrepreneurs, authors, scientists and actresses women who made an impact on their world and ours. In her debut non-fiction work, popular history blogger Rachel Knowles tells how each of these remarkable ladies helped change the world they lived in and whose legacy is still evident today. Two hundred years later, their stories are still inspirational.

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