Science & Technology Book Reviews (page 166)

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: April 1, 1998

"But do credit Zimmer with this scholarly disquisition on two of evolution's most absorbing transformations."
Points to Zimmer, a senior editor at Discover magazine, for tackling unplowed ground in popular paleontology: no less than the movement of life from sea to land (over 350 million years ago) and the later reverse migration as land mammals returned to the sea. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1998

"Historians of science will enjoy this imaginary meeting of minds; others may find the fare too esoteric."
A fictional dialogue between five seminal modern thinkers, on the thorny subject of artificial intelligence. Read full book review >

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: April 1, 1998

"As a careful analysis of what's really going on, it falls short. (illustrations, not seen)"
A feel-good guide to doing business in the post-industrial age. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: April 1, 1998

"A story of a little known American achievement that played an essential role in containing hostilities during the Cold War. (63 b&w photos, 13 line illustrations, not seen)"
A history of the top secret CORONA spy satellite missions (not officially revealed until 1992), believed by many experts to be the most important modern development in intelligence gathering. Read full book review >
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: April 1, 1998

"What he does—and does well—is convey the richness of the material world and the ingenuity of humankind in making use of it."
Remember when you learned about the Stone Age, followed by Bronze and Iron? Read full book review >

ECOVIEWS by Whit Gibbons
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: March 25, 1998

"These are enthralling regional tidbits, the kind of stuff that makes readers yearn for more, for the big picture. (illustrations, not seen)"
Musings on the environment, particularly that of the southeastern US, delivered with an easy fireside manner, from the Gibbonses (he's author of Their Blood Runs Cold, not reviewed; she's a freelance editor). Read full book review >
BECOMING HUMAN by Ian Tattersall
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: March 23, 1998

The latest entry into the who-are-we-and- where-did-we-come-from debate is from Tattersall (The Fossil Trail, 1995, etc.), the highly regarded fossil expert and curator of the department of anthropology at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 20, 1998

"Reading this, straphangers will gain a little compassion for subway conductors—and maybe stop whacking them on the head."
The subway conductor—the man or woman, in a tiny compartment in the train's middle car, whose head emerges when the train stops in a station—is the one who bear the brunt of harried commuters' dissatisfaction with the vagaries of New York City's transit system. Read full book review >
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: March 1, 1998

"Compulsive reading, reminiscent of Jared Diamond, from a scientist who knows his stuff and communicates it well. (Author tour)"
A fast-paced account for the general reader of the growing body of research into the genes that drive human behavior. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: March 1, 1998

"Plentiful diagrams and practical examples give the nontechnical reader an insight into Hogan's often complex arguments, but the computer-literate are the most natural audience for this challenging exploration."
A survey of the current state of computer intelligence research, from a science-fiction writer (The Immortality Option, 1995, etc.) whose novels have often dealt with the subject. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: March 1, 1998

"Readers willing to brave his messy exposition will find food for thought in Rifkin's book, but getting to it requires a lot of work. (First printing of 50,000; author tour)"
Scattershot doomsaying from a noted alarmist. Read full book review >
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: March 1, 1998

"The music of the spheres reinterpreted to a New Age beatwith a short course in astronomy thrown in. (b&w photos, not seen)"
A Renaissance woman equates the Big Bang of interstellar expansion with the bang of sexual explosion. 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 >