I am wrapping up the Mini-Review Madness with a couple of books recommended by Jen at Devourer of Books. Since I talk to Jen more than anyone else in the world (ask Ben) and she reads about 5 times faster than me, a lot of the books I read are on her recommendation.
Blood Work takes us to 17th century Paris and London, where early blood transfusions are taking place. When an unpopular physician completes the first animal-to-human transfusion on a madmen, he elicits a political and religious plot to frame him for murder.
After a description like that, will you believe me when I say this is a work of nonfiction? Blood Work has science, medicine, politics, ethics, and everything else tucker throw at us. I was both entertained and a bit squeamish.
Skipping a Beat
Julie and Mike are living a life of luxury when Mike has a near-death experience and decides to change all of the rules and gives away all of their money. Can their marriage survive this new life?
I thought this was an interesting look at marriage. By using extremes (mega money the no money), the story highlights the way we structure our relationships. I felt a lot of different emotions, from frustration to devastation, but overall I felt like the book was a bit too cheesy.