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Review: Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation

Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation by Bill Nye

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Let's get it out of the way: Nye missed a HUGE opportunity when he didn't call it "UndeNYEable".

I read the audiobook version, because once I knew Nye was orating it, how could I not? He puts the same energy into this book that he did the shows I loved and grew up on, though the tone is a little more sobered, considering the different age of the audience. Still very witty and engaging! I'm sure the paper version is too, but have to admit that the paper version will probably be better for those who are familiar with the way he speaks, because they'll be able to read it in his voice with more of the inflections that make it Nye.

I cannot pretend to be an unbiased reader in this case. I have a signed portrait of Nye on my desk, still mourn the day I couldn't drive the few hours to see him speak at a nearby university, and my husband points out to visitors that I …

Review: Assassin's Apprentice

Assassin's Apprentice by Robin Hobb

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

My brother recommended this book to me a year or so ago and it took me awhile to get around to it. I read the audiobook version, as I have so much more time for those lately, and found the narrator a good orator. His range isn't the best I've heard, no obvious falsettos for females, and a lot of the characters sound the same, but he manages well enough that I look forward to listening to him again in the next two novels.

As for the novel, it was wonderful! I well written complex story that manages to span year without feeling overburdened by small arcs or too thin in the character development. The main arc is a bit obvious, nearly good-twin-bad-twin obvious, but there are tiny threads of intrigue throughout that are sweet little surprises. I teared up a few times, and grinned a little here and there. I give it a full five stars for it's ability to somehow draw me in, while not feeling like such a tex…

Review: The Witch With No Name

The Witch With No Name by Kim Harrison

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

So, it's over. I read the last three novels in such a rush (she does such a great job of making sure they roll right off each other). It's all exactly as you think it'd be, and I loved it that way. There's a bit in the afterstory that irked me a little (I mean really, THAT has to be about her too?) but if I could see the events as separate I'd think they were wonderful.
I know, terrible review, but I couldn't write NOTHING. It has been a wonderful thirteen (omg thirteen?) books. I'll miss Morgan, and Jenks, and the way Harrison could make me cry over them and theirs.

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