Review of Of Zots and Xoodles

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Review of Of Zots and Xoodles

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[Following is a volunteer review of "Of Zots and Xoodles" by Zarqnon the Embarrassed.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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Of Zots and Xoodles by Zarqnon the Embarrassed is a science fiction book that explores the origin of the universe. The book captures the events of a public debate in which a man, Theodil, explains the states and origin of matter.

Theodil uses models to demonstrate how small particles combine to form large objects. The smallest units are dot-like particles which he refers to as zots. The zots combine to form noodle-like objects called xoodles. The xoodles expand beyond the simplicity of their youth to form complex xoodles. Theodil also explains that as energy collides it parses into various forms of mass, which is vital in the production of gravity. He also explains how particles interact with light and gravity; and expounds that some particles won’t have these interactions.

This presentation was enlightening, and I’m glad the audience engaged although most of them seemed to be simpletons. I was surprised that there was a seemingly genius child who answered the adults whenever they asked what appeared to be obvious questions. The child’s age isn’t mentioned and I wondered how he acquired the knowledge he had on science and philosophy. I speculate that he is one of Theodil’s students. The child’s expressions, mannerisms, and knowledge are what I liked most about the book. It reminded me of the TV series Young Sheldon, which has been part of my binge list.

Although the book is laden with science content, the material is presented in a witty manner with inviting irony and imagery. The author uses relatable examples to explain various concepts. When one audience member asked why the xoodles aren’t made perfect, to begin with, Theodil explained that he didn’t have the power to poof xoodles into existence. To highlight the changes in states of matter, he mentioned that the xoodles aren’t born royalty and must be extracted from peasants. He added a chess analogy and stated that a pawn must pass through trials to develop into a queen. These examples will lighten the read for anyone who isn’t conversant with science. The book also contains illustrations that highlight the topic of discussion and are a welcome break from the text.

Given the content of the book, readers will be curious about the author’s background. These questions are answered at the beginning of the book in a brief write-up. The author reveals his real name and even leaves a link to his website. This book would most appeal to lovers of science and mathematics, so I will recommend it to them. Inquisitors of the origin of the universe should also pick it up. Since I spotted no errors, I will conclude that the book underwent professional editing. Due to the stellar editing and nothing to dislike about the book, I will award it a rating of 4 out of 4 stars.

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I like this mix of science, wit and interesting illustrations.
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