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John Carter Has Mad Hops

After two hours-plus of the uncomplicated but still head-scratching Martian space opera, John Carter, I had to ask my 13 year old son, "Did you get all that?" Yes. Of course, he did. The Therns are such and such. The Tharks act this way because. And I'm still thinking about the Ninth Ray but not very hard. For me, and I suspect many others, this film was about an Earth guy who can jump extremely high on Mars. The reason is never explained but only wondered about aloud. Something about bone density in combination with, I could only assume, the different atmosphere which had no other effect on John Carter other than the jumping. If one were really curious about this screwy but entertaining tale, one should go to the source--Edgar Rice Burroughs', A Princess of Mars.  (READ MORE)

A Princess of Mars: A Barsoom Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780345331380
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Published: Del Rey - December 12th, 1985

Poison

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Poison: An Illustrated History Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780762770564
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Published: Lyons Press - April 2011

Poisons surround us and any substance can be lethal with the correct dosage. In this lovely book you will meet poisoners, their preferred methods and their victims. "Poison File" pages highlight specific poisons with symptoms, overviews and antidotes, if any. A joy! ~ Reviewed by Sarah Donner


Relics

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Relics: Travels in Nature's Time Machine Cover Image
$45.00
ISBN: 9780226568706
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Published: University of Chicago Press - October 31st, 2011

The author/photographer's book focuses on animals and habitats that have changed little since their first appearance in the fossil record. The absolute best in nature photography. ~ Reviewed by Stan Hynds


Seeing Further

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Seeing Further: The Story of Science, Discovery, and the Genius of the Royal Society Cover Image
$21.99
ISBN: 9780061999772
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - November 8th, 2011

With contributions from 23 fine writers, this is the perfect companion to The Age of Wonder by Richard Holmes, one of my favorite books of 2009. ~ Reviewed by Louise Jones


The Wave

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The Wave: In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks, and Giants of the Ocean Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780767928854
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Published: Anchor - May 31st, 2011

This is a marvelous anecdotal treatise on freak (or rogue)ocean waves. While I didn't think I would enjoy this very much, I found myself enthralled by the topic and how it is presented. After the introduction, Ms. Casey follows around a group of diehard surfers who only surf giant waves of 60 feet or more. Laird Hamilton, who seems to be King of the Surfers, is a fascinating man hellbent on surfing a 100 foot wave - something that, until a few years ago, scientists didn't think existed. After this section of the book, the author attends a symposium on wave theory, in which we find out that, despite a great deal of scientific jargon, scientists really don't know a damn thing about waves. This is a very well written and researched book on an enthralling topic. ~ Reviewed by Erik Barnum


The Greatest Show on Earth

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The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781416594796
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Published: Free Press - August 24th, 2010

The author is a master communicator and a scientist with a social conscience and remarkable integrity. This book explains evolution in gorgeous detail with special emphasis on softening up the Creationists. ~ Reviewed by Karen Frank


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