4 out of 4 stars
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In 50 Curious Questions: Pabulum for the Enquiring Mind, author Martin Fone tackles a myriad of interesting questions that many of us have probably pondered, but never had the time to explore past a few fleeting moments of wonder. Why doesn't glue stick to itself in the bottle? Why are letters on a keyboard arranged the way that they are? Are apples and oranges really so different? If you've ever pondered these great mysteries of life (I know I certainly have), then this is the book for you!
Obviously, 50 Curious Questions falls into the non-fiction genre. Each chapter is dedicated to a specific question, and averages about two pages in length. At only one-hundred two pages, 50 Curious Questions is a quick, informative, and entertaining read for knowledge-hungry teens and adults.
Mr. Fone manages to pack quite a bit of information into a small amount of space. He does more than merely answer the questions, but provides plenty of detail and relevant supplemental information, all backed up by research (in addition to learning many new things, I also found out that scientists will test anything if they can get their hands on the funding). I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of knowledge that I picked up, and I could probably write another review based solely upon what I learned (and not to mention an idea that was inspired by one of the chapters, but I digress).
In addition to being very entertaining, 50 Curious Questions is also a well written book that was clearly subjected to the editing process. I was unable to spot any errors within this book, although I will say that American readers may be taken a little off guard by the British spellings of a few words. That last point, however, is merely an observation.
My only issue with this book is the abrupt manner in which it ends. After reading the final chapter, the book is suddenly over. Perhaps I am being too picky, but I feel that some sort of conclusion should have been added to the ending of this book, or perhaps the author could have included a bibliography (now that I think about it, both would have been ideal). Personally, I find it a little odd that there was nothing after the fiftieth question.
Overall, though, I enjoyed 50 Curious Questions, and I give it 4 out of 4 stars. This was a fun, relatively easy read that was also educational and inspiring (a rare mixture, to be sure). I sincerely hope that the author considers making a sequel, as this concept could make for an interesting series of books. I recommend this book to anyone with curiosity and a love for learning.
Fifty Curious Questions
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