Science & Technology Book Reviews (page 164)

HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Sept. 2, 1998

"Ramachandran, who likens himself to a sleuth and has boundless curiosity, leads readers on a riveting trail of detection. (Author tour)"
Insights and intriguing speculations from a neurologist whose patients provide him with unusual opportunities to explore the brain. Read full book review >
DANCING NAKED IN THE MIND FIELD by Kary Mullis
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Aug. 31, 1998

"To his credit, Mullis' style is pithy and to the point. If only the point made sense half of the time!"
Partway through this breezy autobiography, Nobel laureate Mullis suddenly seems like someone you might want to invite to a dinner party—informed, entertaining, even brilliant. Read full book review >

RESCUING PROMETHEUS by Thomas P. Hughes
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Aug. 19, 1998

"A complex book, but the attentive reader will be able to manage it. (b&w photos, not seen)"
The odd and elusive story of how large-scale technological projects of the post-WWII era have created new, postmodern methods of management and engineering. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Aug. 14, 1998

Another addition to the recent spate of books on the new (old) German capital. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Aug. 1, 1998

"It is far better for us all to be as informed as possible to temper the excesses of biologists who might play God—as well as the Appleyards whose fearmongering posits science as the root of all evil."
Appleyard, a special-feature writer and columnist for the Sunday Times of London, is worried. Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Aug. 1, 1998

"An odd blend of fantasy and foreboding."
Reads like science fiction that is alternately dream and nightmare. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: July 19, 1998

"For the general reader, Marcuse's early essays provide one entree to that world; for the specialist, they provide backdrop to Marcuse's more famous published books. (9 photos, not seen)"
Part 1940s period piece, part stimulus to ongoing thought on the social impact of technology, this first in a projected six volumes of Marcuse's papers, many of them previously unpublished, merits the attention of critical theorists and general readers alike. Read full book review >
FIELD NOTES FROM THE NORTHERN FOREST by Curt Stager
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: July 15, 1998

"Stager's upbeat short takes are like a day afield with an avuncular guide, paying tribute to his neck of the woods while inspiring the rest of us that getting in touch with nature can be as simple as looking around our own backyards. (illustrations, not seen)"
Short, personable essays enthusiastically explore the natural history of one of North America's largest (and possibly most overlooked) ecosystems. Read full book review >
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: July 14, 1998

"The point is well made by Wilson in this ranging, anecdote-strewn, and engaging study. (b&w illustrations)"
An extended synthesizing meditation on the human hand from Wilson (Tone Deaf and All Thumbs?, 1986). Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: July 8, 1998

"And yet he makes a thorough and fascinating case, one that will no doubt anger those holding to the orthodoxies laid down by Darwin. (50 b&w illustrations, 15 b&w photos, not seen)"
The author of Evolution: A Theory in Crisis (not reviewed) again confronts the notion that the presence of humankind is a random event in a random universe, asserting that "the cosmos is uniquely fit for the specific type of life that exists on Earth." Read full book review >
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: July 8, 1998

"A fascinating cross-section of history. (Author tour)"
Time flows inevitably, but the calendar is a human institution—and its history is a colorful mix of science, whim, and pure chance. Read full book review >
MANAGING MARTIANS by Donna Shirley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 4, 1998

"Never say die! (16 pages b&w photos, not seen) ($65,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
To paraphrase the old soap opera: Can a rich girl from a small Oklahoma town find success and happiness married to her job as first woman manager of a NASA space program? 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 >