Science & Technology Book Reviews (page 163)

Released: Oct. 16, 1998

"A perhaps overly comprehensive encomium for an American firm, this volume carries a heavy payload that limits performance. (illustrations)"
Historian Boyne (a retired colonel in the air force and author of Beyond the Wild Blue, 1997, etc.) offers a long and laudatory history of Lockheed (now Lockheed-Martin), a mainstay of the military-industrial complex. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 15, 1998

"Recommended to fans of scientific history. (b&w illustrations)"
The telegraph, which now seems a curious relic, was once cutting-edge technology, every bit as hot, Standage reminds us, as today's Internet. Read full book review >

Released: Oct. 14, 1998

"Instead, here's a challenging mishmash."
This look at heterodox approaches to postmodern technology veers all over the map, leaving little room for informed comments on pertinent subtopics. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 12, 1998

"Few could be more knowledgeable than she is in guiding us through such hot topics."
The Chinese curse, "May you live in interesting times," is particularly apt in light of the progress scientists are making now in mapping and sequencing the human genome. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 7, 1998

"Gently iconoclastic, always illuminating essays from the science writer whose prose can bring to life not only theories but even the fossils themselves. (30 b&w illustrations)"
In the latest selection from this self-described "essay-machine," Gould gathers together sundry Natural History columns, mingling natural history knowhow with his characteristic humanist outlook. Read full book review >

Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"May not make many converts, but should stimulate a brisk discussion among psychiatrists and other interested parties. (b&w illustrations)"
A biopsychologist deeply skeptical of the widely accepted biochemical approach to mental illness presents a well-documented argument against it. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"Taquet is a good storyteller, his lessons as easy to consume as shucked oysters, and the thrill he finds in his work is catching. (illustrations, not seen)"
Lively, vivid, bracingly enthusiastic—these tales of paleontological field days and discoveries from Taquet, director of the National Museum of Natural History in Paris, give a sharp taste of what spurred him to say yes to the question: "Do you take paleontology as your spouse and promise to serve her faithfully for the rest of your days?" Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"A good brief history of scientific astronomy, with the focus where it belongs—on the instruments that have brought us the knowledge of the stars."
Every invention changes the world a little bit, but the telescope did far more than thatóit changed the way we perceive the universe. Read full book review >
THIS NEW OCEAN by William E. Burrows
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"But overall, this is likely to be the bible for those tracking a unique period in Earth history—the 'first' space age as Burrows terms it. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
An encyclopedic history of space exploration by an insider and veteran reporter who has lost nothing in his enthusiasm and respect for what humankind has wrought. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

An outspoken and well-spoken sociologist (City University of New York Graduate School) takes on the biomedical establishment in this collection of essays on genes, race, disease, eugenics, procreation, and the future. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 17, 1998

"Constructs a theoretical bridge between neuroscience and psychology the soundness of which remains to be tested. (b&w illustraitons)"
A psychiatrist argues for an intriguing theory about the psychological nature of the left and right hemispheres of the brain. Read full book review >
THE FACE by Daniel McNeill
Released: Sept. 16, 1998

"But McNeill's thoroughness, wide-ranging research, and deft touch make for an engaging and revealing tale. (40 b&w illustrations, not seen)"
From ear to ear and including everything in between, a comprehensive, occasionally disproportionate, look at all things related to the human face. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >