31 December 2011

Quantum Physics for Poets – By: Leon M. Lederman & Christopher T. Hill (Nonfiction)

Sometimes unbridled curiosity can get you into some weird places, and this is one of them. I’m not sure at what point I thought that this was a good idea, but it turned out to be great! Drs. Lederman & Hill do a pretty good job of building the reader’s knowledge of physics from the ground up, without frustrating them too much. And this is coming from someone who took four years of French to get out of a single math class.

This book has enough scandal and intrigue to keep you coming back, and I actually found myself looking forward to the next time I could pick it up. That being said, I also heaved a sigh of relief when it was over. It’s an accomplishment to read, but also a good jumping off point for anyone interested in the wonderful wide world of quantum theory. I, for one, may not stop here.

Bookwyrm rating: Vegetables 

26 December 2011

Wonderstruck- By: Brian Selznick (Children’s Fiction)

Don’t be put off by the sheer size of this children’s book, at least half of it is in pictures, so it’s not as daunting as you think. There are two stories which are told separately, one in words and the other in pictures. I just loved the different mediums being used in tandem, they played well together.

 The plot is child-like, but it portrays complicated situations with honest emotion. This novel is beautifully written and illustrated, and the two stories tie together quite satisfactorily. Judging by how much I loved this book, I might have to try his other book which has a movie in theatres now; The Invention of Hugo Cabret.

Bookwyrm Rating: Meat and Potatoes