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Shades of Grey

Title: Shades of Grey
Rating: 4
Author: Jasper Fforde
ISBN: 978-0-14-314326-0
CDs:
Format: audiobook on CD
Started: 2013-04
Finished: 2013-04

An very entertaining post-apocalyptic tale, it takes place well after “the Thing that Happened”. Set in a world where colour-perception determines social status, it follows one young man's journey as he learns what his society is really about.

Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers

Title: Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers
Rating: 4
Author: Mary Roach
ISBN: 978-0-393-32482-2
Pages: 303
Format: paperback
Started: 2013-04
Finished: 2013-04

An unusual and sometimes humourous look at how cadavers have been used currently and throughout history. If you've ever wondered about what happens if you donate your body to science after you die, this is the book to read.

Daemon

Title: Daemon
Rating: 5
Author: Daniel Suarez
ISBN: 978-0-14-314444-1
CDs: 13
Format: audiobook on CD
Started: 2013-03
Finished: 2013-03

A fantastic read! The most realistic “Computer” science-fiction that I have ever read (listened to, actually, it was an audio book). I highly recommend it to anyone into both computers and sci-fi!

Fingerprints of God

Title: Fingerprints of God
Rating: 4
Author Barbara Bradley Hagerty
ISBN: 978-1-59448-877-1
Pages: 323
Format: hardcover
Started: 2013-03
Finished: 2013-03

An interesting and informative book about the author's look at the science of faith and spirituality. Although it is an account of her spiritual evolution, it is also a review of the current status of the scientific study of human spirituality, including the biology and genetics of faith and belief, and research into life after death, among other things. The results are rather inconclusive at this point, but I find it encouraging that scientists are actively and objectively studying this.

The Day of the Jackal

Title: The Day of the Jackal
Rating: 4
Author: Frederick Forsyth
ISBN: 978-0-965-01830-2
Pages: 380
Format: hardcover
Started: 2013-03
Finished: 2013-03

An old-style, spy novel, type of mystery based around a fictitious assassination attempt an Charles de Gaulle. Although the first half of the book was a bit dry, once the chase to catch the assassin before he can carry out his plan begins, the pace picks up and the story draws you right in.


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