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    Default A Short History of Nearly Everything?

    Anyone read Bill Bryson? I am really astounded at his ability to take something like he did and actually make it readable. If you haven't read the book... go do it.
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    I don't know, it only got 4 1/2 stars on amazon. I'm normally a five star book only boy. I'll see if I can track it down just for you.

    Seems quite interesting. I've been reading alot of stuff like that of late. Science-lite books. (We're going to sneak the science content into the book)
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    Yeah, I liked it, although his emphasis seemed to be 'yet another way the earth could be destroyed by a geological process'. It covered a lot of new stuff as far as I could tell, wasn't the same old same old popular science topics.
    ...so much smoke pouring out of each chromosome.

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    I enjoyed it. It is science-lite, but I defy anyone to read this through and not discover something new about the world and universe they live in (because it is so wide ranging).

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    Bill Bryson is da bomb! Great writer!
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    I highly recommend as well. We bought it on CD and listened to it in the car. Bryson narrates it and I loved listening to his voice – very calm and soothing with a slight hint of a British accent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rivercrow View Post
    Bill Bryson is da bomb! Great writer!
    Indeed. Every so often, when a new hiking venture depresses me (currently it is the three peaks challenge in the UK (Snowdon, Ben Nevis and Scafell Pike) i read a walk in the woods (may have a different name in the US?).. it is the one about hiking the Appalachian trail, and his remarkably pragmatic approach to it.

    He doesn't make me laugh outloud as much as the book covers claim, but I enjoy his works.

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    I haven't read it yet, but I loved A Walk in the Woods.

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    The book is in da house. I bought it today. Don't go to bookstores, you spend money.
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    I loved this book. But I must say, he seemed to have something against the french...it's like, every french guy in the book is one of the futile failures he cites.
    "I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use." - Galileo

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