Title: The Roving Mind
Author: Isaac Asimov
Page Count: 358
This book was okay, but it was an archetypal bedtime book. That’s the name that I use for books that I read in bed, powering through a couple dozen pages at a time instead of having them as my main books and getting bored of them.
The problem here wasn’t so much the subject matter but the fact that the print was so small that it took an age to get through it. It’s also reasonably heavy going stuff because this is essentially a collection of Isaac Asimov’s essays on a variety of different subjects and loosely grouped together based on their subject.
Weirdly, a lot of them are virtually identical, essentially consisting of the same information but written in a different way for different audiences. In particular, the main thing that I took away is that Asimov really hated creationism, and that seems fair enough to me. In fact, it was interesting to see the scope of his hatred through the range of different publications that he wrote for to rail against it.
Asimov has always impressed me with his wide range of interests and his skill at writing all sorts of different awesome stuff. In his fiction, I love the fact that he prefaces all of his stories with a little bit of a blurb explaining what they’re all about and why they were written. This is basically a natural extension of that, except he’s writing about science and the world around him instead of about his own stories.
So yeah, I was down with this one, even though it was a slow burner and one that I read slowly as opposed to hurrying with it. It’s probably not for everyone, but if you’re interested in science and stuff then you’re going to have a lot of fun, and it’s also not bad if you’re a die-hard Asimov fan. Just be warned that it’s not exactly light reading, and it’s going to force you to think whether you like it or not. Asimov’s good at that.