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A magnificently woven story

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-03-2018

Patrick's approach to his writing is masterful. He wastes nothing on the meaningless world building details many other fantasy authors indulge in. Instead, the details given are lived, tangible, and mean something to our characters, giving potency to every sentence and every beautifully crafted experience.

Helps clarify science from fiction

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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-05-2016

Covers a broad range of topics in good detail. I found it valuable in helping to clarify what is, and importantly, what isn't yet understood as the result of scientific enquiry.

Information

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-11-2015

A lot of information, but perhaps lacks gems of real world experience. The difference between a text book and a guide.

Experienced

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-11-2015

Well read. The author comes across as very experienced, not just full of read facts.

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Blunt

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-11-2015

A number of characters were crass, in my opinion, needlessly. I felt it reduced the potential depth of those characters to something better suited to a shallow high school comedy. Being written largely in journal fashion, from the protagonists point of view, I felt the story lacked eloquence.

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A fantastic resource

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-06-2015

Well worth it, I've listened to it twice now and wouldn't rule out another, as I seem to keep getting new insights from it as I come to grasp Scrum. Valuable information delivered in an effective way.

Difficult to follow

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1 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-04-2015

Full of unnecessary verbiage and very difficult to follow. It's disappointing because it's a topic I (obviously) want to learn more about, but taking it in requires intense focus. It's not the sort of thing I can casually listen to during my daily commute, without it turning into background noise with little I can take away from it.

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Rich with information

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-01-2015

My interest in this book stemmed from my interests in gardening and a growing scepticism about the amount of manufactured soil additives I was constantly being told I should be using. To me, it wasn't making sense, plants thrived for eons without manufactured additives, what made gardens today so different? This book explores real world examples of how it's not only possible to eliminate the dependency, but how it's also an enormously beneficial step for agriculture, society, the environment and of course plants and soil. It's full of fantastic examples and explanations from agricultural pioneers around the world.