Book Review: 4th Rock from the Sun

Jul. 23rd, 2017 10:50 pm
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4th Rock from the Sun: The Story of Mars4th Rock from the Sun: The Story of Mars by Nicky Jenner

My rating: 1 of 5 stars


This book seemed to spew random trivia about anything related to Mars, rather than forming some sort of cohesive narrative. I got about 60 pages in and then I couldn't take it anymore. It wasn't even too heavy on the science, there was a lot about how Mars is seen in pop culture and astrology which, the author says, is pseudoscience BUT then she does this "isn't it interesting how astrology is right about saying Mars has this characteristic about being emotionally cold and low and behold it turns out Mars is a cold planet so the astrologists are right" type dance that got extremely aggravating (plus tangents about how astrology is pseudoscience but right about the other planets...and palmistry! Which is also pseudoscience, BUT...I wish I was making this up).

The random trivia wasn't even given in any sort of chronological order so we could see how our views of Mars evolved with time which could have been interesting (for instance, she talks about how Mars is portrayed in "Doctor Who" while talking roughly about the 1960s, goes way into the 2000s to talk about an episode with Tennant before going back and talking about an episode with Troughton in the 60s). And she does not combine how Mars is portrayed in popular culture side by side with how our scientific findings impacted the media portrayal, which also could have been interesting. It was just a spew of loosely connected facts.

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Fanfic: The Storm, Ch 11

Jul. 21st, 2017 11:15 pm
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Fandom: The Slayers
Title: The Storm, Ch 11
Characters/Pairings: Lina/Gourry, Zelgadis, Rubia
Plot: Lina feels compelled to join the fight against Shabranigdu again when her children befriend a girl who she believes is the reincarnation of the daughter she lost. Sequel to Beneath the Portrait.

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Fanfic: The Storm, Ch 10

Jul. 14th, 2017 08:25 pm
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Fandom: The Slayers
Characters/Pairings: Lina/Gourry, Zelgadis, Sylphiel, Xellos
Plot: Lina feels compelled to join the fight against Shabranigdu again when her children befriend a girl who she believes is the reincarnation of the daughter she lost. Sequel to Beneath the Portrait.

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Fanfic: Slayers, Neverending Ch 5

Jul. 12th, 2017 08:40 pm
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Fandom: The Slayers
Title: Slayers, Neverending, Ch 5
Characters/Pairings: Lina/Gourry, Zel/Amelia
Plot: What is there to do after you've defeated Shabranigdu twice by the time you're 18? Lina worries about what to do with the rest of her life that can top or at least match her early achievements. Yet for this native born heroine of Zeferia, there will always be a new challenge. This was hard figuring out novels or anime continuity, eventually went with novels

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