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Astrophysics For People in a Hurry: a review

by Neil deGrasse Tyson –  208 pages
review by VJ Miller, Sr.

I’ve always had a strong interest in science, astrophysics and especially the history of discoveries in science. Nova, on PBS, has been a staple in my TV watching. I have seen Neil deGrasse Tyson many times on the program and when I heard of this book I had to see how he made it something a person in a hurry would want to take the time to read.

Naturally, it starts with the Big Bang and the multitude of events that happened in less than a second after the explosion; the first elements that were created and how and why they interacted with each other. He reminds us that the universe is under no obligation to make sense to us so this book goes on to bring the universe into focus in a way it can be understood. Continue reading Astrophysics For People in a Hurry: a review

It’s Superman by Tom De Haven (a review)

review by VJ Miller, Sr.

How Did I Miss This One?

It's SupermanEvery once in a while a book slips by your notice; It’s Superman, ©2005, is one that got by me. After the book came to my attention I was pleased to learn it was to take place in 1935 and would be a retelling of Clark Kent’s early years and his subsequent move from Smallville to the big city. In this case the big city was not Metropolis, but would be instead, New York City. This did not seem out of the ordinary and I accepted the change.

Tom De Haven has taken one of my favorite superheroes and put his particular spin on the Man of Steel’s very beginnings and crafted and interesting novel. The writing is superb, in-depth and thorough. It scrutinizes life in a rural community and later in the big cities from coast to coast. Tom has crammed in a lot of information, leaving no stone unturned while chronicling Superman’s debut years. With all of this great writing, it was somewhat of a disappointment to me; and this is why. Continue reading It’s Superman by Tom De Haven (a review)