Sunday, June 10, 2007
This book was a perfect marriage of my interest in all things Chinese and foodie facts. The author combined interesting fictional story lines together with non-fiction facts about the history of Chinese cuisine and how it differs from western ideas. My favorite part: explaining how different Americanized Chinese food evolved from what is really eaten in China and how there is almost no similarity. This book helped me remember how good the food really is in China. A well-written, fast read. (The author also wrote "Lost in Translation.")
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Friday, June 1, 2007
This book, like all of Michael Crichton's, combines science with human nature and as result, really makes you think. Although it has some bad language and some characters who are promiscuous, it does make you wonder where science is taking the gene pool. I had to read it in two days because there were too many characters to keep tract of as the author interweaves the story. He is a good writer and an obvious genius.
Here is the synopsis: "NEXT is set in the bizarre world where genetics and law intersect. Part fiction and part nonfiction, readers have found it both funny and genuinely disturbing. It features a transgenic parrot that quotes movies, a talking chimpanzee named Dave, a bounty hunter chasing after tissues, and a bar of soap made from a politician's liposucted fat."
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