Read Recently — May 2014 — Furies and Dinosaurs

How To Build A Dinosaur: the new science of reverse evolution by Jack Horner and James Gorman

Given the title, and the subject matter, this is surprisingly nonfiction. Also perhaps surprising is the fact that most of the book is spent on the history of paleontology, the lead-up to paleobiology, which is less surprising when you think that the putative subject is reverse-engineering a chicken into a dinosaur (said “chickenosaurus” would not, of course, be any kind of dinosaur that ever existed in Earth history, and would in fact be genetically a chicken). Horner supplied technical info to the Jurassic Park movies, so I guess Gorman is the one who makes the book readable. Which it is, and recommended to those who are interested in its admittedly odd subject matter.

Academ’s Fury: Book Two of the Codex Alera by Jim Butcher

Re-read. First written up here . No change in opinions.

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