Currently reading

Paul Hanley
A Month in the Country
Michael Holroyd, J.L. Carr
A Tale of the Dispossessed: A Novel
Laura Restrepo, Dolores M. Koch
Mesabi Pioneers
Jeffrey Smith, Russell Hill
The Crusades Through Arab Eyes
Jon Rothschild, Amin Maalouf
Island of a Thousand Mirrors
Nayomi Munaweera

The Planets

The Planets - Dava Sobel Eh. 2.5 stars or so for me, meaning "it was okay", as goodreads indicates. There's nothing really new here, and the writing styles (varying greatly from planet to planet) are self-indulgent. The author is playing around with ideas, using as many dramatic verbs as possible, trying out personification of rocks and planets, a little historical fiction... This is interesting and pretty (language-wise), but not all that great. Actually, in places it reads like a decent script for a decent documentary, but it would need the pictures to be very good.

Anyway, okay introduction for someone who just wants to think about the planets for a while and doesn't know much about them yet.