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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

Ice Ghosts: The Epic Hunt for the Lost Franklin Expedition
Paul Watson
Progress: 6 %
I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life
Ed Yong
Progress: 40 %
Wizard's First Rule
Terry Goodkind
Progress: 49 %
Thomas Cromwell: The Untold Story of Henry VIII's Most Faithful Servant
Tracy Borman
Progress: 14 %
Storm in a Teacup: The Physics of Everyday Life
Helen Czerski
Progress: 20 %
The Hanover Square Affair
Ashley Gardner
Progress: 10 %
Medieval Tastes: Food, Cooking, and the Table (Arts and Traditions of the Table: Perspectives on Culinary History)
Beth Archer Brombert, Massimo Montanari
Progress: 10 %
Scars of Independence: America's Violent Birth
Holger Hoock
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
Yuval Noah Harari
Progress: 9 %
Elizabeth: The Forgotten Years
John Guy
Progress: 20/512 pages

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.