"The Childe...More restless than the swallow in the skies..." -Lord Byron, Childe Harold's Pilgrimage

Friday, September 7, 2012

Geek the Library...Lowell Style


While I don't see the above photo securing me modeling gigs any time soon, it sure was fun to participate in a Geek the Library campaign. This ongoing event is in full-swing at the Chelsea District Library. People in the community come to a photo shoot and declare something they geek. For me, the choice was easy.

The purpose of this campaign is to generate awareness for how libraries help people connect with things about which they are passionate. Chelsea's library has acquainted me with books by scientist Neil deGrasse Tyson, DVD specials from National Geographic and the BBC, and most importantly has offered me a place to follow ongoing missions of NASA and other space agencies. Here is a review of the most recent geek treasure I discovered at the library:


Percival's Planet: A NovelPercival's Planet: A Novel by Michael Byers
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The prose of this novel arrives like a well-cooked steak, a whole steak dinner actually. No one taste or aroma dominates, which is not to say the meal is uneventful. Yet the food is incredibly satisfying, and at some point you realize the chef has carefully chosen each ingredient and maintained remarkable control over the cooking process. Such was my experience digesting Percival’s Planet by Michael Byers.

The story follows a small ensemble of characters who find themselves in orbit around the astronomical mythology of Percival Lowell. In real life, Lowell popularized Mars (at the expense of good science) and also hunted unsuccessfully for Planet X. ...

For the remainder of the review, head over to Goodreads.com

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