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The Magic of Reality for iPad RIGHT NOW

You can download the app today for £9.99…and the price of your iPad, of course, but all the cool kids have one of those already. Dang, I was feeling so special because I had the book on Friday and the rest of America wasn’t going to have it until 4 October, and now it turns…

Freebie!

As Jerry Coyne has alerted us, there is a free evolutionary biology textbook available on Kindle — grab it while you can (if you don’t have a kindle, just put the free Kindle app on your computer). I haven’t had a chance to look the book over myself. Eugene Koonin is a respected name, but…

Game of Drones

Over the course of the last few weeks, I have dragged myself through George R. R. Martin’s latest, A Dance with Dragons, the fifth book in his Game of Thrones series. I’m done. No more. I’m not reading any of his books any more. It’s terrible. Martin has taken the concept of the pot-boiler to…

OK, this is no fair. This is an illustration for an alternative history novel, a book about World War I as fought between biotechnology (Darwinists) vs. industrialists (Clankers). Now I really want to read Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld. I’m unfamiliar with the author, I have only the vaguest notions about the content of the book,…

Richard Wiseman, the fabulously funny and enlightening skeptical psychologist, has written a book called Paranormality which is a fabulously funny and enlightening dissection of paranormal claims; I got an advance copy because I’m special and I recommend it highly, and so do Skepchicks. However, something strange happened. Wiseman is British, and he published in the…

I was lost, and then I was found

I received two packages the other day. The first was a substantial box, and when I opened it, I discovered a Bible, something called the Amplified Bible, a CD called “He is exalted” with recorded sermons just in case I was illiterate, a bookmark with a quote from Proverbs, a thank you note for allowing…

My secret addiction, revealed!

Back in the day, when I was a teenager, I used to hop on the bus to Seattle and spend a day wandering the seedier parts of town. I’d get off around Pike Street, near the Farmers’ Market, and wander around 1st and 2nd Avenues, which were not nice places for a quiet young man.…

Reading for non-psychopaths

I’ve met Jon Ronson a few times, including this past weekend, but I can’t say I really know him — we’ve exchanged a few words, I’ve heard him give a talk, I now him as the short intense guy with the very bad hair, slightly neurotic, expressive, and funny. But I read his book, The…

Next on the reading list…

I am looking forward to reading Anthony Grayling’s new book, The Good Book, with considerable anticipation — I’ve ordered a copy (it’s not as if it would be easily available in Morris!) which hasn’t arrived yet, but what has arrived are teasers from Grayling himself. Here’s a Q&A about the book that might have you…

See Sikivu Hutchinson in LA!

Sikivu Hutchinson has a new book out, Moral Combat: Black Atheists, Gender Politics, and the Values Wars, which I have just ordered for myself. You fortunate people in LA, though, could also go hear the words straight from her mouth: she’ll be be speaking at Revolution Books on 3 April. Apparently they’ve moved since the…