This week the to-be-read list shrank, as I finished Richard Fortey’s Earth — an introduction to the processes that shape the Earth, while at the same time a travelogue to the planet’s most beautiful hotspots. Fortey is both tourist and technical guide, lingering over settings of Hawaii’s lush jungle and shores before traveling to the extremes of Death Valley or Greenland. The picturesque landscape is rivaled only by Fortey’s explanation of the principles that are molding the landscape; he likes to use vivid mental images “Imagine a water balloon filled with honey..”) to start the reader off. Geology doesn’t receive much in the way of popular science books, but Earth was commendable.
Earlier in the week I read through Breakfast at Tiffany’s, largely because I rewatch the Audrey Hepburn film every so often and wanted to see how they compare. The story is largely the same, with some film characters having greater roles to play, but the ending is altogether different. It’s not the tidy, neat ending of the movie, and the searching, searching, ever-searching character of Holly is left still craving something more out of life.
Another review is in the works for Drink: A Social History of America, not to be confused with Iain Gately’s Drink: A Cultural History of Alcohol. Presently I’m a third of the way into Collision of Empires, a history of the Great War’s eastern front. Within the next few weeks I’ll mount an attack on Galileo’s Finger, and dispatch this list completely.