Time, Love, Memory: A Great Biologist and His Quest For The Origin of Behavior, by Jonathan Weiner is so engrossing, I nearly missed my stop. The biologist in the subtitle is Seymour Benzer. As he worked at Caltech, it was weird for me to read about him and familiar things–Tech offices, the jacarandas–when I don’t […]
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Sailing to Sarantium, by Guy Gavriel Kay breaks the pattern of the previous books. It focuses on one character, Crispin, a skilled but flawed mosaic artist. He travels to Byzantium, I mean Sarantium, apparently in the same world as Al-Rassan, but centuries earlier, there’s no war at the end, and not a word about Fionavar.
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Bernd Heinrich’s first book about ravens, Ravens in Winter, was less about ravens than about how he and his students learned about ravens. Think long hours of shivering in an unheated cabin watching ravens feed on roadkill. In Mind of the Raven, he decides to get up close and personal by raising young ravens, which […]
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