10 things you didn’t know about orgasms

This is totally necessary when reading Mary Roach‘s Bonk. It is totally worth it just to give life to the sexual stimulation of a sow.

… and yes! She does write like she talks. I love that!

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Curious Books (4)

Packing for Mars.

The Curious Science of Life in the Void.4/5

Finally! Exactly what I was looking for by reading all these Curious Books: one as interesting and hilarious as Stiff.

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This book is GREAT. It had me laughing out loud often enough to get me quite a few side-looks. I might have even seemed a bit crazy every now and then. In hindsight, the hospital waiting room might not have been the best place to be reading such a funny book.

It still doesn’t outdo Stiff (that one is still my favorite), but I’ll be talking about poop in space, cube food and the perfect all-women space crew for days.

As always, one of the things that I enjoy the most about Mary Roach‘s books is all the fun and interesting things that I get to learn from them. And not only because she explains them in a hilarious way, but because it all rouses my curiosity.

I couldn’t possibly be satisfied by the summary explanations we got from the Columbia disaster, so I had to look it up. And that took me to the Challenger explosion. And now you can imagine me asking everyone I know if they remember watching or learning the news about either one.

Of course, this books also brought to mind another of my all-time favorites, the Martian. It made me think of all the things that will be necessary if we ever want to realize this collective pipe dream we have of stepping on Mars, of colonizing it.

How many people have already died or suffered injury in our efforts to leave this planet, how many more will die and suffer in our pursuit of the Mars dream? Like the books points out at the end, is it really worth it?

If you’re into space travel stories, this just may make everything more hilariously absurd. Just in case you hadn’t thought about the nitty-gritty details!

Bonk. The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex

by Mary Roach

3/5

A few interesting things, but my favorite continues to be Stiff.

I think the best part of Mary Roach’s books, at least for me, is not all the interesting tidbits of shocking information, but the hilarious way in which she shares them. I like how he can make fun of the little details without undermining people’s work or their experiences.

This book is all about the many strides science has made in trying to understand the hows and why of sex in all its facets. And it IS very interesting, but I felt there were many parts where I felt more humor was needed.

There was one thing that really annoyed me, though. The footnotes. My book’s footnotes are all collected at the end of the book, and it drove me crazy. Footnotes should be a the foot of the page!! that way I can read them right away and not forget what they were about.

I’m gonna blame that as the main reason I couldn’t quite enjoy this book.

If I had to say, I would grade this book as simply GOOD. Not bad, but not great either. Full of interesting stuff, though.

Curious Books (3)

Grunt. The Curious Science of Humans at War

by Mary Roach

3/5

 

I have to say, this one was not what I expected. It might have been that it is quite short, or that or that it wasn’t quite as full of science as Stiff. Obviously not my favorite of the two, and it wasn’t at all what I was hoping for after reading the Beating of his Wings.  It has the same style of writing, and I enjoyed it, but that’s all I can actually say about it.

I did talk to a friend that was in the army, though, and he thought it was very accurate and interesting. So, I guess it is a matter of perspective, as most things in life.

I am not discouraged with Mary Roach’s work nor with these books in specific… so let’s move onto the next:

Mary Roach’s Curious Books

I want to say, something sexy, but I don’t think that’s what I’m gonna get. I’m not even sure what I’m expecting. Something funny at the least.

Mary Roach’s Curious books (2)

This is not actually a book series, but I think it should be.

 

Some time ago, I read Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers, and absolutely loved it. It is a work on non-fiction with a rather macabre subject matter, but it was unexpectedly light and fun to read.

 

There are other 4 or 5 books with similar titles and different subject matters, that I have been intending to read for quite a while now. After The Beating of His Wings‘  sad ending, I think I need something a little lighter to get out of the thinking funk it got me into.

So let’s start with Grunt: the Curious Science of Human at War.