Started and finished
Star Island by Carl Hiassen. Just what you’d expect from Hiassen – funny and criminal goings on in South Florida. Full review
Foundations of Language: Brain, Meaning, Grammar, Evolution by Ray Jackendoff. All about language; a technical introduction to linguistics for the motivated layperson. Fascinating. And anyone who thought all the geeks were studying math, physics and computer science should have a look.
Heaven’s Prisoners the second in James Lee Burke’s Dave Robichaux novels. I am only a few pages into this, so I can’t say much about it.
rereading The Last Continent by Terry Pratchett. The incompetent wizard Rincewind is stranded in a strange land where there’s no rain, lots of sheep, and everyone has odd ways of speaking English. This is the Discworld, so it can’t really be Australia, can it? Still, there’s lots of beer, so no worries.
Society without God by Phil Zuckerman. How life is lived in two of the least religious countries on Earth: Denmark and Sweden. The first chapter of this book demolishes the argument that societies without God would be hellish, crime-ridden or whatever. Later in the book, he has discussions, or interviews, with many ordinary people about their lives and the role of religion.
The End of Time: The Next Revolution in Physics by Julian Barbour. Barbour’s idea is that time does not really exist. Just started it, but it looks very interesting
Year’s best science fiction edited by Gardner Dozois. In my view, the best of the annual collections of SF.The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science by Richard Holmes. A history of science in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, told through biographies of people like Joseph Banks, Humphrey Davy and William Herschel. Brilliant.