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Originally posted by Scicurious On April 8, 2009, at 12:02 AM As I’m sure everyone knows by now, Sci LOVES getting books in the mail. Even if I paid for them, I still love seeing them show up in a box. Even better is when I pick them out of a store and get to…

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Terminal Freeze, by Lincoln Child

Originally posted by Brian Switek On April 6, 2009, at 8:10 AM One of the unwritten rules of creating a good horror yarn is that the location your story takes place in has to be as frightening as your monster. The setting almost has to act an an extension of the bloodthirsty antagonist; a place…

Originally posted by Jessica Palmer On April 1, 2009, at 7:00 AM I’ve been as eager as a brain-starved zombie to get my hands on Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, the Jane Austen mash-up concocted by Seth Grahame-Smith for Quirk Books. It sounded a like Regency Buffy: zombie-slaying Lizzy Bennet indulges in arch quips while…

Originally posted by Grrlscientist On March 30, 2009, at 2:55 PM Unlike most people who were raised in a religious household and grew up surrounded by religious people, I never experienced a “crisis of faith” since I never believed there was a god any more than I believed there was a Santa Claus or a…

Joanne Manaster reviews two books about distinguishing science fact from science fiction in our everyday lives: Bad Science, by Ben Goldacre, and Lies, Damned Lies and Science, by Sherry Seethaler. For more of Joanne’s video reviews, see her web page, Joanne Loves Science, or her science reviews YouTube channel.

Originally posted by Grrlscientist On March 27, 2009, at 10:59 AM I have lived and worked with people whom I have decided, in retrospect, were more than merely hateful and mean-spirited, they were just plain evil. So when Barbara Oakley asked me to read and review her book, Evil Genes: Why Rome Fell, Hitler Rose,…

Originally posted by Janet Stemwedel On March 26, 2009, at 11:58 AM What is it like to be a woman scientist? In a society where being a woman is somehow a distinct experience from being an ordinary human being, the answer to this question can be complicated. And, in a time and place where being…

Originally posted by David Dobbs On March 23, 2009, at 9:34 AM I’ve had mixed reactions to Gladwell’s writing over the years: I always enjoy reading it, but in Blink, especially, when he was writing about an area I knew more about than in his other books, I was troubled not just by what seemed…

Here’s something new, ScienceBlogs Book Clubbers—hopefully the first of many. When we stumbled across Joanne Manaster’s science book review channel on YouTube, we were riveted, and we thought you might be, too. We will be posting Joanne’s videos here on an informal, ongoing basis, and we’ve listed her on our contributors page. Let us know…