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Entries from Jul 2009

Charlie Huston: The Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death

05 Jul 2009 · No Comments

I didn’t read any of the jacket copy before starting The Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death, so all I knew about it to start was second-hand information that it had received a lukewarm response from Huston’s fans. And admittedly it was the first of the Huston novels I’ve read that didn’t snag [...]

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Tags: h-author · m-title · suspense

Tom Standage: The Neptune File

03 Jul 2009 · No Comments

In The Neptune File, Standage expertly balances personal drama and the intellectual excitement of a radical new idea. The new idea rests on the notion that the eccentricities of Uranus’s orbit can only be explained by the gravitational pull of another planet. What makes it so radical is that mathemeticians work out where the new [...]

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Tags: history · n-title · s-author · science

Zack Hemple: Watching Baseball Smarter

01 Jul 2009 · No Comments

Watching Baseball Smarter touches on so many aspects of the sport that it invites facile criticism for the many things it doesn’t cover. But I think this is missing the point. Watching Baseball Smarter would arguably be improved by graphics showing the typical path of various pitches — but there are plenty of other sources [...]

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Tags: baseball · h-author · sports · w-title