Author Archives: Timothy Finucane

Terminal World by Alastair Reynolds My rating: 4 of 5 stars Alastair Reynolds is most popular for his hard sci-fi opera type books, but with this one he takes a slight deviation and brings some new elements to the story. Here you’ll find a mix of steampunk, mystery, angels, airships, cyborgs, and a strange tower, … Continue reading

Mortality by Christopher Hitchens My rating: 4 of 5 stars It is difficult not to be moved by the words of a dying man, but it’s even harder when those words come from a man who is so eloquent in his writing. These are the final writings of the late Christopher Hitchens and they hold … Continue reading

The Lowdown on GMOs: According to Science by Fourat Janabi My rating: 3 of 5 stars This small eBook contains several articles of opinions and facts from a cross section of individuals involved in the debate on GMOs, with a slant toward the scientific side and what the actual data show. It paints a very … Continue reading

The Believing Brain: From Ghosts and Gods to Politics and Conspiracies How We Construct Beliefs and Reinforce Them as Truths by Michael Shermer My rating: 5 of 5 stars This is a truly ambitious work that attempts to bring an understanding to why and how we form our beliefs and rationalize them. The book goes … Continue reading

Erasing Death: The Science That Is Rewriting the Boundaries Between Life and Death by Sam Parnia My rating: 3 of 5 stars I felt like this book was about two completely different subjects, ones that certainly overlap, but could still have their own books respectively. The book starts by diving into the topic of resuscitation … Continue reading

The Origins of the Irish by J.P. Mallory My rating: 4 of 5 stars This book is the attempted summary of the author’s many years of research into the origins of the Irish people. It is an interesting, but rather dry subject matter; the author at least attempts to put in a touch of humor … Continue reading

Promise of Blood by Brian McClellan My rating: 5 of 5 stars The concept of this book caught my attention immediately, and the introductory price for this new series helped too. Here was a fantasy story set in a world where gun powder and pistols were just beginning to dominate, and then add that touch … Continue reading

Do You Believe in Magic?: The Sense and Nonsense of Alternative Medicine by Paul A. Offit My rating: 5 of 5 stars This is the second book I’ve read by Paul Offit and it’s as fantastic, clear, and conversational as the first one I read. In “Do You Believe in Magic?” Dr. Offit tackles the … Continue reading

Save Our Science:How to Inspire a New Generation of Scientists by Ainissa Ramirez My rating: 4 of 5 stars A good look at how we have failed our children with the current educational system that makes schools focus on teaching to the test, specifically the standardized ones given to students each year. It further exposes … Continue reading

Blackstar Act One: Purified by Joshua Viola My rating: 4 of 5 stars This was a fun cyberpunk sci-fi story from the combined talents of a good musician and a solid writer. This book is really a novella that will have additional episodes coming in the future, so don’t expect to know the final outcome … Continue reading

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