New for Aug and Sep 2018

Our recommended reads for August and September 2018.

Book reviews august and september

What you have to say about the library books you've been reading

Cosmigraphics : mapping space / Michael Benson

In Cosmigraphics, Michael Benson, author of ground-breaking books of space photography, turns his attention to the history of the visual description and mapping of the universe. This is a story that begins in myth and ends with science. Selecting the most artful and profound examples of cosmic imagery, Benson chronicles successive cosmological models that capture our growing awareness of humanity's place in nature, from terracentric to heliocentric to galactocentric to our current disaggregated decenteredness; shows how the invention and perfection of the telescope forced wondrous visions of unimaginable places; and explains why today photography alone cannot reveal the deeper truths about time and space in images. As much a work of art as it is of science, it includes hundreds of brilliant illustrations. Cosmigraphics is the first book to explore the visual side of our greatest imaginative achievement as a species: the unveiling of a vast universe that is largely invisible to our senses. It will be appeal to the many space-struck Earthlings who are Bensons loyal readers, art lovers and readers interested in the history of science, the visualisation of information, graphic design and mapping.

8 out of 10 stars - "The book is magnificent. The beautiful earlier depictions of the universe and the places in it are ended with the rather austere modern projections of wind, current and satellite image. I have only one serious criticism of the book, it is this:- that the pure display is only the start of more careful and deeper exploration and the text lacks references for its source images. There is an acknowledgement of rights but these tend to be a nod to the copyright holders rather than including the name and author of the works. A sad omission but if I wanted to go further I might be pushed to decode the figure annotations themselves which usually only refer to style and explanation."

Leopard's claw / David Miller

When Dad is sentenced to death for a crime he didn't commit, Hanna, Ned and Jik know there's only one place to discover the truth. But deep in the Borneo jungle an evil predator awaits.

5 out of 10 stars - "Good"

The whole truth / David Baldacci

In 'The Whole Truth', David Baldacci tells a terrifying and topical tale encompassing big business and the shadowy world of intelligence agencies.

10 out of 10 stars - "A terrific topical book which combines a thriller with some amazing foresight into the world of 'fake news' and ' truth isn't truth' promoted by Donald Trump. A great yarn but worryingly relevant."

Liar liar / James Patterson and Candice Fox

Detective Harriet Blue is clear about two things. Regan Banks deserves to die. And she'll be the one to pull the trigger. But Regan - the Georges River Killer and the man responsible for destroying her brother's life - has gone to ground. And now Harriet needs to disappear too - before her colleagues stop her carrying out an act that could end her career, her freedom, even her life. Suddenly, her phone rings. It's him. Regan. And he wants to play 'catch me if you can'. Within hours Harry is following his clues along a path of devastation down the Australian south coast. Town by town, Regan is taking lives, and each one is someone she knows well. With both of them wanted on every newspaper and every television screen, time is running out. Harry needs to stop this killing machine fast before her chance for vengeance slips away.

8 out of 10 stars - "this is another good read ,though I would say it's better if you have read the first two in the series. Harriet blue is another cop that I hope gets more books to come . Could possibly be the female version of Alex Cross. well worth the read."

A stranger in the house / Shari Lapena

You're waiting for your beloved husband to get home from work. You're making dinner, looking forward to hearing about his day. That's the last thing you remember. You wake up in hospital, with no idea how you got there. They tell you that you were in an accident; you lost control of your car whilst driving in a dangerous part of town. The police suspect you were up to no good. But your husband refuses to believe it. Your best friend isn't so sure. And even you don't know what to believe.

8 out of 10 stars - "This is one of those books that kept me wanting to read. these story had a very good twist and really kept you working on who did what. Would recommend though be prepared for one sitting reading."

In the dark / Cara Hunter

A woman and child are found locked in a basement room, barely alive. No one knows who they are - the woman can't speak, and there are no missing persons reports that match their profile. And the elderly man who owns the house claims he has never seen them before. The inhabitants of the quiet Oxford street are in shock - how could this happen right under their noses? But DI Adam Fawley knows that nothing is impossible. And that no one is as innocent as they seem.

8 out of 10 stars - "another great read by this author,though the ending although good was slightly leaving you wanting more."

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Article posted on 11 September 2018

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