|Guns, Germs, and Steel|
Popular science - history, anthropology
Own and read. 425 pages.
First read (October 2010 - January 2011)Edit
One I'd heard mentioned here and there with some esteem, and looking into it and its author it sounded like one well worth reading. The subject of this talk.
Bought it in mid-September 2010. Started reading after Hannibal on Oct 1st 2010. Really enjoyed the first chapters but it started dragging out and by the end of chapter 8 I started reading Let the Right One In as well. Then, while still reading a few pages here and there, went on to read Some Mistakes of Moses, The Time Machine, and started The Blind Watchmaker. In December got towards the end and started reading it again properly, and by the time I finished it on January the 7th 2011 I had thoroughly enjoyed it.
A really good, interesting book. It repeats itself a -lot-, and covers a lot of ground, which is one reason I think my mind wandered and I started to read other books in the middle, but overall really fascinating. Reading it, I kept thinking how cool a game you could make using its principles! A bit like Steve Grand's Creatures, a game as an experiment in the creation of intelligent life forms, Diamond could equally well make a game as an experiment in the creation of cultural, planet-wide evolution.
Previous book: Thomas Harris, Hannibal