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From Chocolate to Morphine: Everything You Need to Know About Mind-Altering Drugs
From Chocolate to Morphine: Everything You Need to Know About Mind-Altering Drugs
by Winifred Rosen
Edition: Paperback
23 used & new from CDN$ 0.01

5.0 étoiles sur 5 Well-researched, March 11 2003
As a medical student who plans on working with high-risk adolescents, I felt that I needed to know something about recreational drugs that wasn't being taught to me in school. So I got this book.
While written for lay-people to understand, this well-written and extensively researched piece of work lays out the plain facts about recreational drugs. I like the fact that Weil and Rosen remind us that drugs are not just illegal, but that alcohol, nicotine, chocolate, and caffeine are also recreational drugs.
My only warning is that the book is getting a few years old and recent research (especially on newer drugs like MDMA) is not included in this volume. I strongly caution readers to check more recent literature if they are interested in a specific substance.

Brightness Reef
Brightness Reef
by David Brin
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Prix : CDN$ 10.43
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Excellent series!, March 11 2003
This is an excellent series! I really had trouble putting the books down!
First, Mr. Brin must be praised for creating a truly unique universe for both UPLIFT trilogies. The very premise of the structure of Galactic civilization is completely different from anything other authors have done.
Unlike the first trilogy, the second trilogy is much more cohesive and I would strongly advise that the books be read in order.
The first book of the second trilogy, BRIGHTNESS REEF, starts off a bit slowly because Mr. Brin has so much set-up to do. After you slog through the first 50 pages, then things start to crackle. Mr. Brin tells his story as a series of interwoven tales with different heroes at the heart of each. This constant skipping from one tale to another kept me interested, but it also got a bit tedious to the point where I was almost tempted to split the book apart and read the different vignettes as separate stories.
My only criticism is that Mr. Brin can get a bit hokey at times, like his E-space dimension (in HEAVEN'S REACH, the third book of this new trilogy) where imagination and reality intermingle. The concept of a universe shaped by the imagination of the viewer is a tired and very trite idea that has been over-used in SciFi.
Also, there are a number of background details that Mr. Brin doesn't get into in either trilogy, so I would recommend CONTACTING ALIENS as an adjunct to this series. A lot of things make more sense with the help of this "guide to the Uplift universe."
In the end, though, Mr. Brin tells a spellbinding story and writes a very enjoyable series. Well done, Mr. Brin!

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