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It‘s an engaging historical story about eels and a good father and son relationship that was very positive for his life. It also has some commentaries about ecological problems and their consequences. It‘s a quick memorable read.

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“Loudness is measured in decibels (named after Alexander Graham Bell and abbreviated dB)”

The Gene: An Intimate History | Siddhartha Mukherjee
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I usually purchase from my local indie bookshop but noticed that the paperback version was 33% off on Amazon.ca this week so finally ordered it. I've been wanting to purchase this one since it came out and somehow never got around to it.❤️📚

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Plans ..

LaraReads Perfection! ☺️ 22h
IndoorDame 👏👏👏 22h
MoonWitch94 SAME! 🥶📖☕️ 22h
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Cuilin Same, seriously. 21h
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I wish! My parents are visiting NJ this weekend so we're heading out to see them in a couple hours. 🥶 21h
MoMogrl Same! 21h
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Lab Girl | Hope Jahren
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I‘m not far in, but this book is hitting me right in the feels.

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@AllDebooks some fungi puzzles to go with the tagged 🧩💚

The left puzzle is from Puzzle Culture.
Top right is Woodland Magic by Elena Essex
Bottom right is Mushrooms by New York Puzzle Co

AllDebooks Oh my, they are stunning!!! 😍 23h
wanderinglynn @AllDebooks I did a blog post last year pairing books with puzzles and I matched the tagged with the Elena Essex puzzle: http://wanderinglynn.com/2022/04/02/pairing-puzzles-with-books/ 22h
Soubhiville Those are great! This book is on my TBR. Someday… 🍄 22h
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AllDebooks @wanderinglynn that is an amazing blog post. Thanks for sharing x 22h
KathyWheeler @wanderinglynn I love your blog post; the puzzles you included are so beautiful! 22h
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Our first discussion thread on these magnificent tiny creatures, cuter than eels, right? 😅

Discussion of chapters 1 and 2.

All welcome to join us.
Please do let me know if you wish to be added/removed from the tag list.

@MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm @BookwormAHN @Graywacke @Mitch @jenniferw88 @jlhammar @Soubhiville @SamAnne @Addison_Reads @tdrosebud @daena @TEArificbooks @Hooked_on_books @Julsmarshall

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AmandaBlaze Still waiting on my copy. 1d
MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm I‘m a bit behind and have only made it through the Prologue and Chapter 1. 😅 I‘ll come back to the thread once I‘m caught up. 1d
ElizaMarie I‘m not gonna join on this one.But I‘m in on the Raven :) 1d
Soubhiville Starting chapter 2 now… 1d
Graywacke I‘m unreasonably fascinated that seahorses are the only fish that have necks. Also i‘m entertained by her casual style and casual references. 1d
Soubhiville Chapter one I had a hard time focusing on. I was interested in the Midenhall Treasure, and plan to listen to Dahl‘s book about it. But overall I found this chapter plodding and skimmed a lot of it. I‘m just more interested in the science than mythology I guess. 🤷‍♀️ 24h
Soubhiville Chapter 2 was much more interesting. The differences in species, the process of finding and naming and the levels of classification (hello refresher in biology 101). I love the idea of a single pregnant seahorse floating who knows how far on a bundle of seaweed to settle anew in the far reaches of the oceans. Also the reproductive cycle of these little guys- what a wonder. Evolution is fascinating. 24h
Soubhiville I wasn‘t aware how closely related to pipefish they are, or how many species of both exist. I googled several, and enjoyed seeing the shape and color ranges. Am I the only one who wasn‘t aware seahorses can shift color like an octopus or chameleon? 24h
Cazxxx I have only managed cheaper 1 so far and really enjoyed it. Was interesting finding out about the Midenhall treasure and I loved the mythology parts in this chapter too 24h
AllDebooks @AmandaBlaze hope it comes in soon 24h
AllDebooks @ElizaMarie noted 😊 24h
AllDebooks @Graywacke lol, me too. 24h
AllDebooks @Soubhiville @Cazxxx I loved the mythology/history section. But then, I'm nuts over that subject anyways. The evolution cycle and classification were fascinating. I had no idea they had been around for so long or that they were so widespread globally, absolutely captivating! 24h
AllDebooks Just in case you missed the Mildenhall link I found earlier in the week 😀 https://litsy.com/p/V2JnNVltMjdU 23h
Graywacke @Soubhiville had no clue they could change colors. Also I thought the earlier parts of chapter 1 were not written well. At some point she seemed to hit stride. So maybe that impacted how you took that info in. 23h
Graywacke @AllDebooks on their evolution, i‘m actually surprised how young they are. 🙂 It‘s just that 16.5 million years seems to me geologically recent for such a distinct and ancient-looking critter. 23h
TheBookHippie @Soubhiville I didn‘t know about the color either I‘m totally fascinated!! 22h
TheBookHippie I like them sooo much better than eels 😬. I think the first part was hard to get into I blamed migraine after affects but maybe it wasn‘t me 😵‍💫😂🤷🏻‍♀️. I feel it‘s hitting its stride now. I‘m amazed at how much I don‘t know and also they seem dinosaur - ish to me in looks 🙃. I love mythology so that was a bonus. 22h
jlhammar Yes, just a tad cuter than eels 😆 I'm enjoying this so far. I've never studied seahorses so this is all new and interesting to me. Very cool that they change colors and I love their hitchhiking ways. 22h
jlhammar Her writing style is working for me. I really liked this bit about the appearance of the seahorse after death “A seahorse's tough outer skeleton leaves behind an elegant corpse, a lasting impression of their winsome proportions, their intricate spines and ridges, fairy-tale crown, and curling tail.“ 22h
AllDebooks @jlhammar I noted that quote too, beautiful 😍 18h
AllDebooks @Graywacke 😅 wrapping my mind around the timescale makes my head hurt 18h
Hooked_on_books I‘m a bit behind and only through chapter 1 so far. I wasn‘t expecting a chapter on human history/artifacts relating to the seahorse. And I think you nailed it, @Graywacke about the writing—it seemed choppy then suddenly got smooth. I really liked the two stories about the treasures. I‘d like to read more about the Lydian horde. I see that the brooch was recovered in Germany and returned to Turkey. 17h
Aimeesue I didn't know they changed color like my favorite sea friend, the octopus. And can change their shape a bit to blend in, also like octopuses. I did like the fact that we thought there were a LOT more species, but turns out it's just seahorses changing color! 😂 13h
Aimeesue @Graywacke Yes, their necks! I mentioned this fact at dinner to night. (I am fantastic with the small talk, aren't I? 😋) 13h
Aimeesue Neat video of Pygmy seahorses: https://youtu.be/Q3CtGoqz3ww 12h
CaitZ Could you drop me from the list for this one? I can't get the book. 12h
Graywacke @Aimeesue that‘s was favorite fact. The necks. 🙂 I mean i enjoyed other parts too. 12h
MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm I‘m loving it so far! I am just as big of a mythology/history geek as I am a science one, so I‘ve enjoyed both chapters immensely. Her description of how she felt seeing her first seahorse in the wild stood out to me, just wanting to settle down and watch the little guy forever. I knew about some of the camouflage capabilities, but had no idea they were SO talented. The genetics bit was also fascinating, and their resistance to being catalogued. 2h
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wanderinglynn Yes! This book is on my TBR. The Hidden Life of Trees touched a bit on fungi. I also have several fungi puzzles because fascinating! 24h
AllDebooks @wanderinglynn oooh, puzzles you say 🤔😍 23h
SamAnne I‘ve been trying to get to this one forever! 17h
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Lab Girl | Hope Jahren
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#firstlinefridays Okay, not technically the first first line, but in the first paragraph.

Cosmos | Carl Sagan
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My bedtime reading. I'm delightfully befuddled.

#science #universe #astronomy #naturalhistory #time #eternity