King Aardvark's Library
I read too much, I thought we should kill ourselves.
She doesn't read a thing; she believed me.
"Are you really the messiah?"
"Yes, I am.... Believe it."
- Highway Girl (Double Suicide version), The Tragically Hip.
King Aardvark is an avid reader, reading much, especially non-fiction. Reading is done anywhere: at home, on the job, on the beach, on "the throne" (read: the bathroom). Much reading gets accomplished sitting on the can. Don't call it gross; it's called multi-tasking.
So in order to give something back to the peasants from the multitude of works of literature I've read, I will start posting my reviews of books that I have in my library. Detailed reviews of each book will be linked from the table below once I post them. I mostly read non-fiction, especially science (mostly biology and cosmology) and history (mostly war, science, mediaeval, ancient, and classical civilization). Sometimes I read lighter works, or fiction, or something my wife wants me to read, such as self-help relationship books. All are fair game.
I will then review each work on a scale of 0 to 5 aardvarks, a subjective rating on how I liked each book. In addition, the top books, those receiving 4 or 5 aardvarks, receive the honour, by royal decree, of being named a "Crown Jewel of King Aardvark's Library". Those receiving 0 or 1 aardvarks receive the dubious distinction of “Ant” status; a book so bad that it deserves to be eaten and turned into a very small amount of poop out my regal backside.
|The Case for a Creator||Lee Strobel||1/5|
|The Last Three Minutes||Paul Davies||5/5|
|The Ancestor's Tale||Richard Dawkins||5/5|
|Creation: Life and How to Make It||Steve Grand||4/5|
|After Thought||James Bailey||1/5|
|Destruction of the Bismarck||Bercuson&Herwig||3/5|
|Europe: A History||Norman Davies||4/5|
|Fly: An Experimental Life||Martin Brookes||4/5|
|Lost Civilizations of the Stone Age||Richard Rudgley||3/5|
|The Dragons of Eden||Carl Sagan||3/5|
|The Demon-Haunted World||Carl Sagan||4/5|
|Eco Homo||Noel T. Boaz||3/5|
(Note: books that score 0 or 1 aardvark are listed as “Ants” while books with a rating of 4 or 5 aardvarks are, by royal decree, listed as Crown Jewels of King Aardvark's Library).