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A Man & His Watch by

So, I’ve developed a bit of a watch habit over the last year. I’ve always liked watches but never been that worried about the details. I stuck this on my Christmas list as it sounded interesting — a collection of photographs and stories about watches and their owners. It’s more of a coffee-table book if – Read the rest of this review

Manhattan in Reverse by

Known for his large space operas, even Hamilton prefaces this book saying he doesn’t write too many short stories. To be fair, some of these edge toward novella-length, rather than being particularly short. I thought I would break it down by story. Watching Trees Grow An alternative history that leapfrogs through centuries to show us – Read the rest of this review

Steve Jobs by

There are few people who haven’t heard of Steve Jobs, both within the tech community and without. This book is based on a lot of interviews with Jobs and his friend, family and co-workers over the course of a couple of years. As Jobs was so inextricably linked to the company he co-founded, it’s also – Read the rest of this review

The Half-Life of Facts by

The word fact is generally associated with something unchanging, something solid. It’s not the case though. You only have to look at the newspaper headlines in any year to see how things change (medical advice, for one). Why they change, when they change and when we learn about the change is the focus of this – Read the rest of this review

The Book of English Place Names by

Do you look at the names of the places around you? Have you ever wondered where they come from? Well this book attempts to explain, some of them at least. It focuses solely on England, going area by area, county by county. Even so it only covers the more interesting place names or larger towns – Read the rest of this review