No matter what you may have heard, Drew is not a mad scientist, has never dabbled or instructed in the dark arts, and has not broken any of the sixty-six seals. He enjoys bad movies, fast cars, robots, blonde women, and time travel. You can find him in the past, present, or near future. Look him up if you need a mouth-watering cookbook, a whisk-you-away fantasy, an out-of-this-world sci-fi, a dark hipster novel, or a quirky romance that may or may not involve time-traveling vikings. And if you can't tell, he also loves lists, which continue below.
Whether it's from out-of-control robots or out-of-this-world aliens our society has a love affair with the end of the world. We all like to dream of ourselves remaking the world into a better place, but oh, how little we know. This book is not just a prepper's must have, but a history of human thought and ingenuity. Prepare to be blown away by the complicated foundation of our modern society. I guarantee this book will lead you to explore new avenues of our world that you have yet to consider.
The expanse of voice and experience in Swansong makes this a massive piece, but every page is fresh and will propel you to finish quickly. Like brush strokes, these small but moving lines form a work that is a deep torrent of human desperation. The psychology of war, peace, love, fear, hate, and everything else that makes us both human and not human is illuminated like never before. Swansong is nothing short of a masterpiece.
Interstellar Age was such a fun, exciting read that I finished it in two sittings. Even though I knew the outcomes of these far-off space-traveling probes and their continuing journeys, I still found myself on the edge of my seat as events unfolded. A must read for those excited about where we have been and where we are going in the final frontier. The first I have read of Jim Bell, an Arizona State University astronomy professor, but it will not be the last.
While books on the ancient world can sometimes be a little black and white, this one strikes an excellent middle-ground, taking us past the Greeks and Romans of the ancient Mediterranean into a world that is full, complicated, and unexpected. The Carthaginians are usually cast as the barbarian "B" villains of the ancient world when in reality they are a perfect example of the grand mix of race, religion, and culture. This book brought the ancient world to life and I loved every page.
In 1959 nine smart, experienced college explorers head out to one of the most remote places in Russia: the Urals. So remote the last leg of the journey must be made on skis, they are headed to what is now called Death Mountain. This mysterious tale is eerie and tragic, brought to life by the students' own journals and pictures - the only things left to tell their tale. I was left thinking about this book for weeks after, and I continue to ask the same haunting question: why would these nine expert explorers cut their way out of their tent in the pitch black of night, taking no supplies or preparation, and flee into conditions certain to kill them? Many theories have been put forward of what transpired that night, but at the end of this book, you might find that fact may be stranger then fiction
Nuclear power is a technology that is still very young, and most of us all have a very natural fear of its power. Downwind takes us to the dark time of the above-ground nuclear testing that happened in our very own back yard, and is very critical of those of us who call these western states home. Most importantly, this story is about how the government manages its secrets and clean-up. Without huge breakthroughs in cutting edge batteries for bio-solar or fusion power, nuclear power inevitably will play a much bigger role as mankind is forced into a more desperate fight against climate change. But citizens will need more trust and more knowledge to embrace nuclear expansion. There is only one way for that to happen, open and accountable government. A must read for the future ahead.
Curiosity is one of the most useful human traits; we strive not only to survive, but also to discover. Right now, about 35 million miles from where you stand, several robots are working away on the red jewel of the sky: Mars. They all have amazing stories to tell, but the star of this story is the Mini Cooper-sized Mars Science Laboratory rover named Curiosity. Curiosity loves shooting lasers at rocks, making maps, plotting courses, driving itself, looking for evidence of ancient life, and just wants to meet a nice robot to share the warmth of its plutonium core. Robotics will soon be changing our world faster then ever before and robots will spearhead mankind's journey to our future in the stars. Not just a story of robots and space, this is the story of a community of dedicated men and women who carry the banner of pioneers.
If you couldn't tell by the title, Guy Adams is not just a fan of the spaghetti westerns, he is a fanatic. It shines through in is his expansive cast of characters, each one more vibrant and entertaining than the last. You get to come along as each group shoots, drinks, brawls, and curses their way through hell to their final destination: Wormwood. Wormwood only comes along every hundred years and well, September 21, 1889 is the date, and mid-west America is the place. It is a dangerous and weird journey to what people say is the gateway to Heaven, but once you are on that road there is no getting off. I have already made a place for this entire trilogy on my book shelves.
The bell that was rung at the beginning of World War II echoed far beyond 1945. The end of the war did not bring an end to the chaos, and even now we still feel the aftermath. Savage Continent is massive in scope and even greater in ambition. The subject matter is dark and controversial, but delivers a rich understanding of the price that is paid after all-out war. While we call it the post-war, all of the elements of conflict remain: famine, migration, violence, looting. While it is hard to judge actions taken in moments of chaos, this book will give you pause, and if you're like me, it might just change how you view the war.
Please judge this book by its cover, you will not be disappointed. This book just kept the hits coming. In the near future, as humans with growing abilities start to disrupt the status quo, mankind starts to do anything to keep itself safe. One of these extraordinary men works to hunt the enemies mankind fears, but soon the line of friends and enemies doesn't just blur, it shatters. That's right, it's an action-adventure, mystery, science-fiction thriller all rolled into one. It's okay to say thank you.
Command and Control is the perfect non-fiction. Eric Schlosser weaves together two unbelievable histories with page-turning precision, taking us down the dark and winding road of the United States development and handling of man's most powerful weapon, and how all of that history plays out one day in Damascus, Arkansas. This is not a technical manual, it is a fast-paced tale of government and military, man and machine, safety and inevitability. I could not put it down.
Southern cooking has always been a rich meeting ground for the great food cultures of the world. Now meet the new king of the bayou, Edward Lee. A strong Southern food tradition is just part of what he brings to the table. This isn't just fusion cooking–it is a great cookbook by a passionate chef.
Love and devotion are not emotions felt only to humans. Examples surround us all at this very moment. The things that these two emotions can accomplish are beyond measure. Susanna Charleson opens the doors to a world most of us don’t see, where the unwanted save the forgotten. I hope that she can be a face for change not only for man’s best friend but for all of us.
One of my favorite memories from my childhood was spending time at the house of my friend Simon. We would stay up all night making up stories and looking at the ceiling as the light from the street danced and weaved on its white surface. The Game of Shadows recreates this pastime within its pages and embodies the best things about being a kid: wonder, mystery, and storytelling.
Brian Hare started on a journey to find out what makes humans human by doing cognitive tests with some of our closest relatives: chimps. That was until he realized his dog Oreo could also complete some of these cognitive tests. Hare's globetrotting research will blow away even the dog lovers who see the genius of dogs everyday. Don't be fooled into thinking this is just a dog book though; in exploring the genius of dogs Hare discovers that the answer to being human may lie in places we don't expect.
First off, I would like to tell you to be careful where you place this book. I recommend not placing it near the edges of tables or or close to volatile substances. If you listen with the right kind of silence you can hear it shake with power. Not since my first encounter with Salvatore's Drizzt Do'urden have I loved a fantasy character as much as Kvothe. Name of the Wind changes and fulfills the fantasy epic on every level and the sequel, The Wise Man's Fear, is an even more intense journey into this insanely immense world. The third installment is on my most wanted list and the wait may kill me.
In 2001, after a long career as a suit behind a desk, Ken Forkish opened Ken’s Artisan Bakery in Portland, Oregon, with nothing more than passion and a dream of opening a bakery steeped in the French Tradition. More than ten years later, we get to peer into his box of secrets and unleash his knowledge of artisan bread and pizza crust. Ken’s baking method was designed for the home cook, and the results are unbelievable. He not only guides you through the process of artisan bread making, but brings you to really understand it as well. This way when something in the process needs adjusting you are able to react with experience. The word companion comes from the Latin com meaning "with," and panis meaning "bread.” Flour Water Salt Yeast gives you the skill to take this companion with you for the rest of your life.
What is it that haunts Hemlock Grove? Mystery rolls over everything like a cold thick fog. Chaos ensues as the body count of young girls piles up among the ruins of Godfrey Steel, threatening to illuminate secrets carefully locked up by a town that has passed on. Suspicion quickly falls on the most likely suspects: Peter Runancet, who wears his troubles and passions like a set of fangs, and Roman Godfrey whose strange powers and family name work to destroy him. Together they must find a way to break the curse of their namesakes, forge their true selves, and save what matters most. Everything you want out of a fast paced gothic thriller: sex, gore, werewolves, and the promise of more to come. Nothing is safe or sacred with Brain McGreevy behind the wheel, and I plan to be there for all of the stops. With a full series planned to air next year we will all be hearing more from this rising talent.
With passion, drive, and ingenuity, food trucks are forging ahead to create the new heart of American cuisine. It’s not just the food that makes this book amazing, but seeing the faces of people who work hard for something they care for so deeply. These recipes taste genuine — simple, heartfelt food that started in a family kitchen. In the past I cooked one way — complicated and over the top, until I came across Jacques Pepin who made me realize the true way to cook. A few perfect ingredients that bring out huge flavor. That is what food trucks embody. You will find so many recipes that you can use every day. Not only have these found their way into my rotation, but have helped me use my own voice in the food I make. This book will do more than just show you delicious recipes from the variety of communities that make up America. It will inspire you to get out there and find the hidden gems just around the corner, and not just the ones on four wheels.