Wednesday 13 March 2013

It's always nice to get packages through the post and today I was able to go and collect my review copies from Oneworld. One of the books I'm not allowed to review until April so will keep under wraps, it's by an author I've really enjoyed in the past though so watch this space.

The other book is Frankenstein's Cat by Emily Anthes (you can get your copy here:

Intriguing in the release notes is this:

How do you feel about the following?

Hypoallergenic cats - just as cuddly, but sniff free
A beagle who glows red in ultraviolet light
A goat whose milk contains antibodies to cure human ills
Salmon designed to grow to twice their normal size, even in winter
Enviropigs whose excrement contains 50% less phosphorous

Lots of interesting thought provoking stuff inside this book then. I did Environmental science at university and one of more interesting modules was on the genetic revolution and my dissertation was on the environmental factors of genetic diseases such as Eczema and Psoriasis. So this is right up my street.

I read Margaret Atwood's Oryx & Crake and Paulo Bacigalupi's Windup girl with interest and scepticism disagreeing with many of the "it could happen" comments others have made. Technology is always more prosaic than fiction would have us believe and probably the headline grabbing "Frankenstein X" where X = food, clones or whathaveyou are trying to sensationalise the tip of the iceberg where the rest of the iceberg is the more prosaic and acceptable uses the biotech people are making.

Previous Book - Between Two Thorns by Emma Newman
Next Book - Not sure yet

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