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SusannaG

SusannaG - Confessions of a Crazy Cat Lady

Just another GR refugee.  Other than that, I had a stroke in 2004, and read almost anything I can get my hands on, though I have a particular weakness for history, mystery, and historical fiction.

Currently reading

Scars of Independence: America's Violent Birth
Holger Hoock
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
Yuval Noah Harari Dr
Progress: 9 %
Elizabeth: The Forgotten Years
John Guy
Progress: 20/512 pages
Lady Cop Makes Trouble
Amy Stewart
The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World
Andrea Wulf
Progress: 2 %
The Hundred Years War, Volume 1: Trial by Battle
Jonathan Sumption
Progress: 166/586 pages
King Solomon's Mines
H. Rider Haggard
Progress: 4 %
Queen's Gambit: A Novel
Elizabeth Fremantle
Progress: 22 %
1913: The Eve of War
Paul Ham
Progress: 20 %
The William Shakespeare Detective Agency: The Dark Lady (The William Shakespeare Detective Agency Book 2)
Colin Falconer
Progress: 15 %

1421, by Gavin Menzies

1421: The Year China Discovered America - Gavin Menzies

I thought I'd take a shot at this one, as I have this fatal weakness for pseudo-science and pseudo-history - but I couldn't even come close to finishing it, it was so craptastic.

 

It was so poorly written, and so repetitive (Mr. Menzies informs us six times that he is a retired Royal Navy captain.  In the first chapter.), and Menzies shows such a poor grasp of what good evidence is, that I had to bail.

 

I'm with the late Carl Sagan that "extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence," (and surely proving the Chinese discovered America is an extraordinary claim) but Menzies doesn't provide anything close to "extraordinary evidence."  (He has, in fact, been roundly debunked.)  He does provide a lot of pretty pictures in the insert, which is why I give this one 1/2 star.