You might not think a book about the potato would be that interesting, but this was a really good read. The potato has had a tremendous impact on every country it’s been introduced to. John Reader goes through the entire history of the potato and it’s journey across the planet. He spends a significant amount of time on the Irish Potato famine, and the late blight, which was its cause. Late blight is still the most significant problem with raising potatoes and Reader addresses the various methods for dealing with blight, including genetic manipulation and spraying copper based fungicides. Because the potato is relatively easy to grow in a variety of soils and climates and is a complete food when you pair it with a little fat, it has tremendous value as a food source. It also has a fascinating history, well worth the read.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Whisper to The Blood is a direct sequel to A Deeper Sleep, which I reviewed here. This is a very interesting book in that it explores all the complexities of living in such a rural community so far from any direct outside influence. One of the things I like about Dana Stabenow’s books is that all of them can be read individually and understood, but they are very much enriched by reading them in order. In this novel, Kate becomes temporary head of the Native Association that runs The Park. While Jim struggles with the fallout from Louis Deems death, a new mining company is wooing the park rats in order to start a massive new open pit mine in the far reaches of The Park. When a man from Johnny’s past appears in The Park, the bodies start to pile up and it’s up to Jim and Kate to figure out what’s going on.
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Shoulders of Giants is the second batch of coffee from the Craft Coffee subscription I got from my friend Jen. I enjoyed Shoulders of Giants. It’s a light roast with citrus and chocolate notes, but it’s too floral for me to truly love it, but it’s still very good. If you get a chance, taste it for yourself.
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This week I reviewed Dayton Ward’s new Trek novel for Game Industry News. Time travel, alternate dimensions, and Romulans, oh my! Trek fans check it out here.