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Reviews
The science of kissing : what our lips are telling us
Title
Science of Kissing, The
Author
Kirshenbaum, Sheril
Genre
Non-Fiction
Book Level
Adult
Review
A quasi-scientific examination of kissing--its biological and cultural roots, gender differences, and the physiology of a kiss--that never gets much above the sophomoric. Kirshenbaum tries, but the whole thing reeks of "ambitious undergraduate thesis," instead of being either a serious, pop-science treatment, or an emotional, artistic meditation on the subject. It winds up being an uneasy mixture of both, with the science soft-balled to avoid making anyone feel bad or draw any hard conclusions, and the focus upon the lab impeding any real lyricism or psychological insight. You might learn a little trivia about the bacterial count in saliva, and the mating habits of the higher primates, but most of the other research she cites has been widely reported for years. It's not news. The author doesn't even place the research in a larger context, or use it as a jumping-off point for a more in-depth study. Not recommended.   The science of kissing : what our lips are telling us
Rate this book: 5 is highest
The fury of the seventh son
Title
Fury of the Seventh Son
Author
Delaney, Joseph
Genre
Fantasy
Book Level
Children's
Review
The 13th, and supposedly final volume in the Last Apprentice series. I have mixed feelings about this series. On the one hand, Delaney knows how to build atmosphere and his worldbuilding skills are excellent. The County feels like a real, and terrifying, place. On the other, the series just goes on and on, and the narrative has an unfortunate tendency to spell everything out (over and over again) that gets very dull for the adult reader. Kids and teens may not mind this, but it really saps my enjoyment. I read this hoping that I would finally find out what happens and be able to put this series to rest.
It was not to be. While one villain is defeated, the book rather obviously sets up another to take its place, and leaves the personal relationships in flux. If this IS the ending of the series, it is unsatisfying. If it isn't, that means another who-knows-how-many books to defeat the new enemy and figure out whether Alice is friend or foe. I wanted to find out how it finally ended, but I think I may just have to live with uncertainty. I don't think I can face ANOTHER 13 books.   The fury of the seventh son
Rate this book: 5 is highest
A million suns
Title
A Million Suns
Author
Beth Revis
Genre
Fantasy
Book Level
Teen
Rate this book: 5 is highest
Messenger
Title
Messenger
Author
Lois Lowry
Genre
Fiction-General
Book Level
Teen
Rate this book: 5 is highest
Bleeding hearts: a novel
Title
Bleeding Hearts
Author
Ian Rankin
Genre
Mystery
Book Level
Adult
Rate this book: 5 is highest