Infidel was such a sad book! I got it from the library and had to wait 3 months on a waiting list for it last year. What an amazing person she is. Go Ayaan!
And parenting beyond belief was a great read, too. It did make me realise how arrogant Penn is, tho. I liked his essay, but there was no need for him to verbally attack McGowan the way he did.
Have you heard McGowan speak? He is nicely level-headed and intelligent, worth listening to.
I liked the first book in the series so much I went out and bought the other two... turned out to be a bad move-- although realistically, once you start reading an even just bearable series, there aren't any other options. Apparently he spent decades developing the first one; I love the bad-ass training the cult put him through, conferrable genetic memory, and magic being anathema to God (because then you make an irreversible choice: more drama). The subsequent books lacked the strength of the initial one, although they had their share of cool ideas: the nature/origin of the evil beings in the north, him being able to see the fingers of those hand creatures, etc. Finally, without giving anything away, the end of the last book is a huge cop-out.
You didn't like the other two? Hrm. Well I'm almost done the third, and so far so good.
I don't recall genetic memory being part of the story, unless you're talking about the Mandate schoolmen - though it isn't explicit on how that works, IIRC.
It's disappointing to hear the ending is a cop-out, but I was already worried since I'm so close to the end and there's only so much that can happen in that space. Regardless though, I still think it's worth reading, and I'm glad I bought them.
I'm ashamed to admit I've yet to read Origin of Species... what is the style like? Just wondering if someone like me, who doesn't have a very strong background in biology, would be able to follow the text.
Darwin's text is written to be readable by the non-specialist, so you shouldn't run up against much in the way of technical jargon.
It's worth reading at some point. I probably need to give it another read some day. But I have too many other books to read :-)
The only question now, is which edition you should read........! The earlier editions are supposed to be better, he was tempted to water some of the stuff down in later editions.
The book I'm reading now ('Almost like a whale', I mentioned it above) is actually a 'revision' of the Origin intended to bring it up to date with 'new' (it was written in 1999 I think) discoveries. Also very readable.