Nick Schenkel Book Reviews

Arts & Culture
7:45 am
Fri February 20, 2015

Book Review: What If?

The book takes imponderable questions and ponders them scientifically.
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Each week, millions of people visit Randall Munroe’s web-comic XKCD. His stick-figure drawings about science, technology, language, and love have a large and passionate following. And, fans of XKCD ask Munroe a lot of strange questions. Questions you probably would never even think to ask.

Munroe’s answers are clear and witty, and paired with hilarious cartoons and infographics. From The Lord of the Rings and Star Trek through chemistry, geography and physics, Munroe leaves no stone unturned in his quest for knowledge.

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Arts & Culture
4:44 pm
Fri February 6, 2015

Book Review: Goodnight iPad

A modern parody of an all-time children's classic.
Credit Matt Walton / https://www.flickr.com/photos/minusman/11397198025/

 

There are dozens of children’s books that have stood the test of time – that is to say: bedtime.

If you’ve got kids, you can probably name many of the classic works of Robert McCloskey, Dr. Seuss or Sandra Boynton.

But there are also new takes on kiddie lit, by the likes of Mo Willems and BJ Novak – many of which take on a more sardonic tone aimed both at adults and as the children they’re reading to.

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Arts & Culture
4:08 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

Book Review: The Monkey's Voyage - How Improbable Journeys Shaped the History of Life

Did monkeys cross the wide Atlantic Ocean - long ago - traveling from Africa to South America? The Monkey's Voyage suggests that yes, monkeys and other creatures did make many such journeys.  Delve into the fascinating world of bio-geography – and read why we find so many creatures distributed so widely across the varied landscapes and biomes of the world.

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Arts & Culture
7:45 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Book Review: When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloomed

A son of Indiana, Greenburg captures the look, the feel, the sounds of post Civil War Indiana with its characters taking up tumultuous lives right here in Lafayette.  A book that won a deserved place on Library Journal’s “Top Indie Fiction…Beyond the Best Sellers List” this Fall ,  Greenburg’s debut novel is one you’ll be glad you read!

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Arts & Culture
4:12 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Book Review: Sunrise

Life and death struggles, bullies and leaders, passionate love and searing hate; it all takes place in a post apocalyptic Illinois where the sun has been hidden for the many, many months and a frozen world of snow and gloom has taken over the US Midwest.  Sunrise is the concluding chapter in Hoosier Mike Mullin’s trilogy of life after the eruption of the Yellowstone super-volcano. It's a concluding read you don’t want to miss!

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