Featured New Release Of The Week: Pipe Dreams by Chelsea Wald

This week we’re looking at a book all about the history and development of an issue that was at the forefront of our minds one year ago during the Great Toilet Paper Outage of 2020. This week we’re looking at Pipe Dreams by Chelsea Wald.

Thought Provoking and Informative. I consider myself a well read guy, a guy that has thought through a lot of problems and who generally knows a lot about a lot. Admittedly, I did *not* know much about toilets and related plumbing, though I had read bits and pieces in other books. (Such as a more in-depth look at John Snow and his work during the 19th century London cholera outbreak in Dierdre Mask’s The Address Book.) But I had never read up on the general history of toilets – apparently because there are scant details about historical toileting beyond the last couple of hundred years or so – much less the bleeding edge issues and technologies of this field. And that is exactly what Wald provides here, a look at everything from the history to almost to-the-day bleeding edge issues, including the Great Toilet Paper Outage of 2020 during the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic. Very well written and mostly reasonably documented (about 15% or so is bibliography), this truly is a fascinating read. Very much recommended.

#BookReview: Cyber Storm by Matthew Mather

Fantastical Yet All Too Real. Reading this book 6 yrs after publication in preparation for the coming sequel, this has come to hit a little to close to reality for comfort. With the ongoing Coronavirus scare and the Turkish power outages, it is very easy to see these days just how easy a scenario like what happens in this book could be made reality. A bit too real at times with its in depth character studies of just what lengths people would go through to survive an apocalyptic scenario, this was an extremely well thought out, visceral tale of survival. Very much recommended.

This review of Cyber Storm by Matthew Mather was originally written on February 20, 2020.