About Dave

 

Dave DriftlessThe obsession began as a wiry teen.

While the lovely young fillies would beg Dave to come out and play, he was up in his room with his books.

Asimov, Bradbury and Clarke were so prolific that he never ran out of options and Tolkien’s world was so complex that repeated readings were always on the agenda.

The affair progressed to compulsion with reading lists and wish lists and constant strategizing; eventually evolving on to hoarding so many volumes he could never hope to actually read them all. Alas, adult responsibilities intervened and the passion became quiet for many years. Despair not, as the old flame still smolders and lately the graying bibliophile has regained some of the old fanaticism, focusing on more mature, but equally nerdy topics.

It’s rare for a science, nature or history book to fail to pique his interest and he’s developed a new enthusiasm for writing about his reading experiences. It’s clear that this love affair was meant to last.

Dave’s Reviews

Ayn Rand Nation

Ayn Rand Nation

Greed is Good? Author:  Gary Weiss Another US election cycle is in the books and as usual – no matter ...
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Planets, The

Planets, The

Exploring the Neighborhood... Author:  Dava Sobel It’s a critical period in the early development of any aspiring young science geek.  ...
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Fate of the Species, The

Fate of the Species, The

End Times...? Author:  Fred Guterl Some animals seem to be built for the long haul – various crocodiles, sharks and ...
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Little Free Library Adventure Series

Little Free Library Adventure Series

[wptabs] [wptabtitle]What Is a Little Free Library?[/wptabtitle] [wptabcontent] The Little Free Library Story To true bibliophiles, a library is a ...
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Killer of Little Shepherds, The

Killer of Little Shepherds, The

CSI: Lyon... Author: Douglas Starr He was one of the most fearsome serial killers of the 19th century, terrorizing the ...
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Universe Within, The

Universe Within, The

We Are All Made of Stars... Author:  Neil Shubin I hope this doesn’t make you feel old, but every hydrogen ...
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River of Death

River of Death

Gold Fever and Machismo... Author:  Alistair MacLean El Dorado or The Lost City of Gold has been part of our ...
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Into the Silence

Into the Silence

Wasted Youth? Author:  Wade Davis What is it about humans that drive them to risk their lives climbing the world’s ...
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Siberians, The

Siberians, The

A Subzero Time Capsule... Author:  Farley Mowat Even today it’s not easy for Americans (or Canadians) to know what life ...
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Storm Kings

Storm Kings

Life and Death in Tornado Alley... Author:  Lee Sandlin Other places may be colder, hotter, wetter or drier, but only ...
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Alone on the Ice

Alone on the Ice

Two Winters and a Summer in Antarctica... Author:  David Roberts For aficionados of the glory days of Antarctic exploration at ...
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Meteorites

Meteorites

Rocks from Space! Authors:  Caroline Smith, Sara Russell and Gretchen Benedix As any geologist will tell you, the way to ...
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Honeybee Democracy

Honeybee Democracy

Swarm Science... Author:  Thomas Seeley It’s one of the wonders of the natural world.  But despite its rather fearsome appearance, ...
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Book of Deadly Animals, The

Book of Deadly Animals, The

Mother Nature's Darker Side... Author:  Gordon Grice Prey or predator?  The status of humans in this dichotomy has not always ...
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Danziger's Travels

Danziger’s Travels

What's the Uighur word for dull? Author:  Nick Danziger The best adventures are the ones you create on your own.  ...
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Most Dangerous Book, A

Most Dangerous Book, A

Romans, Germans and Nazis... Author:  Christopher Krebs History, given that it necessarily involves human beings, often travels in mysterious ways.  ...
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Fate of Greenland, The

Fate of Greenland, The

Glaciers In Retreat... Author: Philip Conkling Climate change or global warming.   Whatever you call it, it’s a topic that generates ...
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Why Does the World Exist?

Why Does the World Exist?

 Something vs. Nothing... Author:  Jim Holt How often do you spend time pondering the big questions?  Personally, I spend more ...
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Devil in the White City, The

Devil in the White City, The

Creepy Charisma... Author:  Erik Larson I don’t generally consider nineteenth century architecture to be a source of great drama, but ...
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In the Shadow of the Sabertooth

In the Shadow of the Sabertooth

The First American Adventure... Author:  Doug Peacock It may have been the greatest adventure in human history.  Traveling from eastern ...
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