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Murder by Death

I read cozy and historical mysteries, a bit of Paranormal/UF, and to mix it up, I read science and gardening books on occasion.

Reading progress update: I've read 48 out of 473 pages.

The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World - Andrea Wulf

I finished up Part I last night before falling asleep.  Oddly enough, I was so keyed up from it I had to put on the headphones and fall asleep to an audiobook.

 

In just 48 short pages so far, Humboldt has become quite a three dimensional character and from contemporary descriptions of his energy levels, I liken him to a hamster on meth. (and I do mean that in a good, rather awe-struck, way!).  

 

Humboldt at this point in the book, hasn't even left on his voyages yet and already he's invented breathing masks and head-lamps for miners, as well as founding the first school of mining. 

 

And don't even get me started on all the hidden depths of Goethe!  Calling Goethe a writer is like calling Benjamin Franklin a printer.  Both are strictly accurate but barely the tip of the icebergs!