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Feersum Endjinn by Iain M. Banks
Feersum Endjinn by Iain M. Banks
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Where do you start with such a novel as this one... Before the first chapter ends you have witnessed the birth of an adult (think about it), the assasination of someone who has died seven times already, the beginnings of High Treason against the King, and the abduction of a talking ant called Ergates. It can only be a Banks SF novel. As usual, a happy willingness to suspend disbelief and accept the unexpected rewards the reader with a roller-coaster ride through a microcosmic world, distantly recognisable as being our own many many millenia in the future. Banks throws his own slant on cyberspace and cyborgs as well as demonstrating his dark (and sadly only too true)understanding of human… Read more
Pain: The Science of Suffering (MAPS OF THE MIND) by Patrick Wall
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Patrick Wall makes it clear from the introduction that at the time he wrote this book, he had a personal interest in pain, suffering from the prostate cancer that was eventually to overcome him. This book is beautifully crafted and definitely not a text-book, though it can fill one with enthusiasm for approaching one (if written by the author!). He deals with pain from several perspectives - the scientist's, the physician's, and the patient's. He quietly destroys the complacent medical assumption that if you can't see the damage, there can't be any REAL pain. Reading this as a doctor both invigorates one and at the same time tugs at your conscience for those occasions when you felt the… Read more
Antarctic Oasis: Under the Spell of South Georgia by Tim Carr
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Even if you go to South Georgia, you will still never see as much of it, nor under such favourable conditions as you can with Tim & Pauline aboard "Curlew". This book is the definitive pictorial guide to an unique and comparatively unspoilt part of this world, written by two people who have a better working knowledge of the island than any alive. If you want the Natural History, then little has changed since Robert Headland wrote "The Island of South Georgia" but if you want to feel what it must be like to live there, buy this book. Those of us fortunate enough to have set foot on this oasis feel that the more people know of it and it's wildlife, the safer that… Read more