The Engineering of the Roman Army by Jean Claude Golvin

roman army engineering

It is a visually very attractive book, with a large format and very good illustrations. Now, it has made me short in terms of content. roman army engineering is edited by Desperta Ferro Ediciones and its authors are Jean-Claude Golvin and Gerard Coulon.

It is true that both at the beginning of the books and in the conclusions they explain the objective of the book, which is demonstrate the participation of the Roman army in the great public works (which he demonstrates only with concrete examples that I think are not generalizable). Thus, the book, which is divided into the great land works, aqueducts, roads, bridges, mines and quarries, colonies and cities, shows examples of this type of construction in which the participation of the legions is documented in some way.

But everything is very brief, on the one hand I would have liked them to delve into the engineering aspect of the type of construction, since only very general information is given. In this sense the book has disappointed me.


Ali Smith Spring

Ali Smith's Spring, third book of the tetralogy

You can't cry because summer is starting, he says. I could understand that you cry for the arrival of winter. But for the summer?

I come to review Spring by Ali Smith a few weeks after finishing reading it to allow time, for the euphoria to pass and to really see the residue that the book leaves behind… In the end. I publish the review months after reading it and with a calmer vision and having read Fall, the Ali Smith classic. The review is a mix of impressions from months ago and now.

The first thing, although it is a cliché, applies here more than ever. It is not a book for everyone. It is a writing that we could call experimental. It had 70 pages and it was still not clear what the book was about. But I loved it. It's like watching a river make its way.


My father and his museum by Marina Tsvetaeva

My parents and their museum by Marina Tsvetaeva

I bought My father and his museum from Marina Tsvietáeva because of a recommendation from Twitter, as well as being from Acantilado, an editorial that up to now has always hit the mark with my tastes.

The truth is that I thought it would deal more with the museum theme and this has disappointed me a little. I love museums and their management fascinates me. We usually go to see museums with the family and recently I have started to document these visits as:

The book is complemented by another volume by the same author entitled My mother and music.

The book consists of 8 short stories. The first 3 written in Russian and the remaining 5, those of the second part adapted to the French taste. According to the publisher, there are 5 very short stories, some barely reaching a couple of pages. They are rewritten anecdotes from long stories.


Crazy about the classics of Emilio del Río

Crazy about the classics of Emilio del Río

Emilio del Río plays Cicerone on a journey through a selection of the ancient classics by great authors of ancient Greece and Rome.

On this trip we will meet 36 authors, their main works and many anecdotes from their lives, the social context in which they lived, who they have inspired and many other interesting facts.

It does not go into depth, each chapter dedicated to an author, is a compendium of references, to his life, his work, his thoughts that prevail today, books and films, authors he has inspired, etc.


Nuclear energy will save the world by Alfredo García

Cover : Nuclear energy will save the world by Alfredo García

Debunking myths about nuclear energy by Alfredo García @OperadorNuclear

It is a very clear and didactic book where Alfredo García shows us the science and engineering foundations behind nuclear power and nuclear power plants.

Throughout the book we will learn how radioactivity works, the types of radiation, parts and operation of a nuclear power plant and the security measures and protocols to follow.

In addition, he will explain the necessary training to be a nuclear operator and will analyze the three major nuclear accidents that have occurred, breaking down the causes, the hoaxes that have been reported and whether they could happen again today.


The Kingdom of Jo Nesbo

review and notes of The Kingdom of Jo Nesbo

This book was given to me for my birthday. I am not a great lover of police novels, nor of thrillers. From time to time I feel like reading one, but it's not the genre that satisfies me the most. Still, of course, I read the novel.

Who does not know Jo Nesbo?

Norwegian, one of the kings of the thriller, with 25 novels (right now) among which there are some juvenile novels and the saga of the commissioner Harry Hole that is part of the crime novel.

That is why he deserved an opportunity, although I think I have not picked up a suitable novel for me.


Louise Glück's Wild Iris

This book, the wild iris by Louise Gluck, I took it from the library because it was on the prominent shelf where they leave a selection of books. I took it without knowing the author and without knowing that she was a Nobel Prize winner. After two readings I liked it a lot, although to really enjoy it I think I should give it a few more.

The edition and the author (Louise Glück)

Bilingual edition, which is always appreciated, from the Poetry Viewer Collection Poetry Viewer Collection of the publisher book viewer, but I miss that it has notes. With translation by Andrés Catalán.


Genesis of Guido Tonelli

Genesis of Guido Tonelli. the formation of the universe

It is an explanation updated to 2021 of all the knowledge about how the Universe was formed.

The author guides us through everything we know about the formation of our universe. Separating it into 7 chapters, 7 stages with important milestones in the formation of the universe that correspond to the 7 days of the formation of the Universe of the Christian religion. Although the chapters do not correspond to each day, the text does make a separation.


The most beautiful story in the world

Review on the most beautiful story in the world

The most beautiful story in the world. The Secrets of Our Origins by Hubert Reeves, Joël de Rosnay, Yves Coppens and Dominique Simonnet. with translation by Óscar Luis Molina.

As they say in the synopsis, it is the most beautiful story in the world because it is ours.

The format

The format of the "essay" I loved. It is divided into three parts, consisting of 3 interviews by the journalist Dominique Simonnet with a specialist in each area.

The first part is an interview with astrophysicist Hubert Reeves from the beginning of the universe until life appears on Earth.

In the second part, the biologist Joël de Rosnay is interviewed from the time life appears on earth until the first ancestors of humans appear.


Bullet Journal Ideas

bullet journal notebooks and ideas

These Kings asked me a dot book, a bullet journal. I asked for it because since it was dotted, it seemed to me that I was going to be able to better capture the ideas of pieces, inventions, etc.

And the truth is that the points give the perfect balance and a subtle reference and in its proper measure. They avoid the mess that occurs in blank notebooks due to not having references and they avoid the overload of square notebooks, also increasing vertical references that, for example, are not present in line notebooks.