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3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed feelings, 7 Jun. 2013
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This review is from: Incoming!: Or, Why We Should Stop Worrying and Learn to Love the Meteorite (Kindle Edition)
Its a bit of a tough one with this book. I found the book unevenly interesting and of variable quality but in the end quite liked it.

From my point of view, the first half of the book tortuous and boring. I actually nearly gave up. Being an enthusiastic popular science reader, I very rarely abandon a read midway. The first half is packed with anecdotes that are from my opinion pointless and just not focused. The author divert so much that quite often I lost the point. Do we need to know the cost of repair of that car that got damage by a meteorite back in the 1960s? Do we need to know which career the kids of some scientist embraced? Do we need an entire paragraph describing the exact location of the impact of that meteorite that fell in France? Etc.
It seems countless paragraphs are written on things that just not deal with the subject of the book. "I bought the book to read about meteorites" was I thinking after the first half of the book. I was about to give it a miss but decided to hang on a bit more.

And then, finally, the author started to talk about the subject and it was great. Quickly after, I got into the book and could not put it down. Going through the KT killer, the debate between Keller and The Alvarez, etc. it all became very interesting. I particularly liked the description of the debate with Keller. The discovery of countless meteorites in the Ordovician rocks was also very well described, analysed and put into perspective.

One of the final chapter on the explosion of life after the "Ordovician bombardment" is also a good read.

So all in all, I enjoyed the book but after a very frustrating and slow moving first part.
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