Reviews

Wow – nonsense / fake articles appear in Science and Nature

Wowsa… “SCIgen is supposed to be a lark: its creators claim at the top of the homepage that “Our aim here is to maximize amusement, rather than coherence.” But as Nature News and others reported, two major science publishers, Springer and IEEE, are in the process of removing more than 120 published studies from their databases after they were discovered to be SCIgen-generated nonsense. Eric ...

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Robin reads: Everyone worth knowing, Iron orchid, and Dixie Riggs

Dixie Riggs by Sarah Gilbert : I picked this one up at book sale for 50 cents. Now I know why. According to Amazon it’s YA (Young Adult). Knowing that it is meant to be a Young Adult book also might explain why I didn’t think it was very good, but honestly, I wouldn’t really recommend it to anyone. 😉 The story is that Dixie ...

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robin reads: in the company of the courtesan, predator

Predator (Kay Scarpetta Mysteries) by Patricia Cornwell Well, this is the first Kay Scarpetta (the lead detective/character) book that I’ve read, so I am not sure that this book is an accurate portrayal of the whole series. Generally, the book is a solid enough mystery and while there are not a lot of twists in the story, the ‘big’ twist attempts to sort of pull ...

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Robin reads: Smashed, Collapse, Twisted, and the Donner Party Chronicles

Well, I’m not sure what happened to my longer reviews as they have disappeared, but here is the quick & brief. 😉Smashed by Koren Zailckas A semi-autobiographical (?) tale of a young woman’s adventures with alcohol. I think it is a fairly accurate portrayal of a many women’s experiences in college; however, the book seemed to shift gears and moods too much. At times the ...

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Robin reads: PopCo, The codex, Deception point & I never promised you a rose garden

PopCo by Scarlett Thomas (FICTION):A friend recommended this to me and I found this a very fun read. Alice Butler is a whiz at cryptography, crosswords, and also works for one of the world’s leading toy manufacturers, PopCo, designing ‘kid’s spyware’. Having been selected for a special retreat which is actually to develop a new toy/marketing scheme for teenage girls, she quickly discovers that things ...

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Robin Reads: Metro Girl, The Rule of Four, and The Bronte Project

Well, out of these, I didn’t really like any of them. 😉 Two novels about literature, two thrillers/mysteries. Let’s start with The Rule of Four.The Rule of Four: Ian Caldwell, Dustin Thomason (FICTION):Lurching novel (literary thriller) about a renaissance era book which is supposedly impossible to deciper and filled with clues. Kind of like a renaissance Finnegans Wake? I’m not sure as I don’t know ...

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Robin Reads: Dewey Decimated, Voodoo Season

Voodoo Season : A Marie Laveau Mystery by Jewell Parker Rhodes (FICTION) If you like historical or gothic inspired mysteries/crime thrillers, this might be an interesting read. It’s inspired by Marie Laveau a real life historical figure from New Orleans, and “Voodoo Queen.” Set in modern day (pre Katrina) New Orleans, this book weaves mystery, history, and a story of both making peace with the ...

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Robin Reads: Wicked, Clay, and the Snow Queen

With the snow queen by Joanne Greenberg (FICTION):Well, this is a collection of short stories and one novella. The novella is interesting… if you could go back in time would you fix things to turn out differently? What happens when you return to ‘normal’ time? Several of the other short stories are interesting enough, but somehow, these stories seemed a little bit random to fit ...

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Robin reads: Pompeii, The Nanny Diaries, Trading up

Robin reads: Pompeii, The Nanny Diaries, Trading upwell, I am slowly getting better and I thought I would update my reading list. To be honest, I haven’t read anything of much quality, but some of it was fun! Pompeii by Robert Harris An interesting premise. What happened the few days before Mount Vesuvius erupted? Did anyone know what was happening? What did people do? An ...

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