Rapetosaurus krausei, a prehistoric era dinosaur from the Cretaceous period.

“How to build a dinosaur”, by Jack Horner

How to build a dinosaur by Jack Horner
How to build a dinosaur by Jack Horner
There is a recurring problem with American authors: apparently writers must produce a minimum number of pages in order for a book to be to published, even when the core ideas can only fill half of them. In the case of “How to Build a Dinosaur: Extinction Doesn’t Have to Be Forever” by Jack Horner, the mix is:

  • 30% description of a great idea on how to test evolution by “recreating” a dinosaur staring from a chicken;
  • 50% repetitions of the same idea over and over;
  • 20% irrelevant and boring descriptions of marginal details.

IMHO, reducing everything to a 100 pages book would make this a smaller but perfect book.

It’s like mixing half a glass of Bordeaux with half a glass of water. I can’t avoid thinking how much better would be enjoying the pure wine, without the water!

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