Coal: A Human History gave the week a strong start, and I'll recommend it to anyone interested in the industrial revolution. I finished off Hawking's The Grand Design, in which he identifies M-theory as the Grand Unified Theory that will unite all the sciences. While that's certainly interesting to imagine, his explanation of what M-theory IS was a bit too abbreviated for me to grasp the full effect.
I also continued in the ever-amazing Saxon Chronicles with Lords of the North, and finished the week off with my first Oliver Sacks book, The Mind's Eye, which was of course fascinating. I also read some of Eye of the World, which has an interesting setting and characters. The main story hasn't grabbed me yet, though.
Next week's potentials...
- A Whiff of Death, Isaac Asimov. Mystery novel.
- The Sword Song, Bernard Cornwell. Looks like Alfred is going on the offensive this book, which ought to be interesting.
- A Walk in the Woods, Bill Bryson. I'm reading this because it records a visit by Bryson to Centralia, a ghost town in Pennsylvania made dead by the presence of an underground coal fire that releases noxious fumes into the air. I started reading about Centralia while enjoying Coal: A Human History. I also intended to read a Dean Koontz novel set in a town like Centralia, but it was considerably longer than I'd been told.
- The Great American Wolf, because...I like wolves.
- Either Losing the Peace by William Leisner, which is the first post-Destiny TNG novel, or The Romulan War: Beneath the Raptor's Wings by Michael A. Martin. I think I'll go with Leisner, as I've never read him before and I want to see Lieutenant Chen again. My copy of Beneath the Raptor's Wings got a bit...bent out of shape in the To-Read basket and is currently going therapy, sandwiched between history texts.
- ...and I'll be listening to The Lords of the North on audio tape, performed by Jamie Glover. Alas, it appears abridged. Good thing I read the book first.
- ..and reading from The Confessions and Eye of the World. Actually, I've been very lax about reading Augustine.