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June 24, 2012

1Q84

1Q84 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


An epic love story set in an alternative view of the world. A little repetitive at times but otherwise a lovely intertwining of story lines cumulating in a somewhat predictable outcome. I felt a few of the characters arcs didn't resolve cleanly but otherwise enjoyed the story.



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June 3, 2012

Chasing Venus

Chasing Venus: The Race to Measure the HeavensChasing Venus: The Race to Measure the Heavens by Andrea Wulf

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


An interesting historical account of two attempts to determine the size of the universe by measuring the transit of Venus across the sun in 1761 and 1769. It reads like a curated synopsis of diaries from those involved in the many expeditions to remote parts of the world in order to record the needed observations. A quick and enjoyable read.



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