Stewart M

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Top Reviewer Ranking: 421
Helpful votes received on reviews: 93% (1,854 of 2,001)
Location: Victoria, Australia
In My Own Words:
"We review so we know we are not alone" With apologies to C.S.L.

Birdwatcher, Biologist, Bushwalker, Book-lover, Blogger


Top Reviewer Ranking: 421 - Total Helpful Votes: 1854 of 2001
The 32 Stops: The Central Line (Penguin Undergroun&hellip by Danny Dorling
3.0 out of 5 stars From West to East., 26 Aug 2014
This book examines how a whole range of “social indicators” – such as life expectancy and GCSE results – vary as you travel along London’s central line.

This is a rail line that runs in an arc from West to East through London. Taken as a (presumably mythical) journey over a single day, the aspects of life that vary along the line – and often between stops are looked at in two ways!

Firstly they are illustrated by dialogues between people who live in the area of the relevant tube station and secondly by brief reference to actual statistics.

I had a small problem with both of these – in the dialogues I did loose track a couple of times (no pun intended!) and… Read more
Britain: One Million Years of the Human Story by Rob Dinnis
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This is a really rather good book that lays out the current thinking about the history of human habitation in the UK.

This is really a story of repeated colonisation, retreat and re-colonisation in the face of changing climate.

One million years is an unimaginable sweep of time and it is remarkable to think that people have been walking the land that would become Britain for that length of time.

The story of humans in Britain is laid out clearly and concisely, but by virtue of its brevity this book can never been more than an introduction to the subject.

An aspect of the book that I enjoyed was the way in which our changing understanding of human… Read more
Ice Station (The Scarecrow Series) by Matthew Reilly
Right from the start I want it to be clear why I bought this book – it was to pass the time, in a reasonably entertaining, brain-light kind of a way, on a flight from Australia to the UK.

In that regard the book was a success. There were no periods of introspection from the characters, there was very little character development from the author, and there was an almost never-ending supply of action. In my opinion this is near perfect aeroplane fodder.

On almost any other level the plot of the book is ludicrous.

The central character is a Capt. Indestructible US Marine, sent on a mission that is uncertain and rapidly compromised. Once the mission goes pear… Read more

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