While the book is entertaining for the most part, I came away feeling as if I had not learned much at all.
Written by someone with an obvious zest for life - "Life" is a top-caliber book and one you won't regret investing the time to read and savor.
Merged with the scientific work of many researchers are Fortey's accounts of his personal experiences as a paleontologist.
A pleasant mix of biology, history and the authors own sometimes quaint views. Less than impressed by his overtures to "design" and religious references though.Published 2 days ago by Dr. Paul Sommer
A great read for the those of us who want a beginning glimpse into the history of life on earth. I found it fascinating!Published 2 months ago by Markus Peekna
Another very readable book from Richard Forte, this one with more scope than most. Science comes to life in this author's books.Published 3 months ago by A. H. Firman
Richard Fortey gets you involved in his life and the life of the planet. Sentient beings like you and me are not the forgone conclusion of the evolutionary process. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Paul from Lake Forest
The author is quite lively and humorous in places. Much of the book is focused on the very early signs of life. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Hershel D. Smith
Fortey really makes you feel as if you're there in the distant geological past. the descriptions are so vivid and the prose is absolutely lovely. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Zelalem Dawit
An excellent history of life on this planet told in a very personable way. I finished it and have started reading it again. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Buckeye
From someone who loves science but has no background in it, this book is completely captivating. As much a writer as a brilliant scientist, Fortey pulls you into the timeline of... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Christine Forster
Fortey is a paleontologist, rather than a cosmologist or geologist, so book has a particular perspective which I like. Read morePublished 20 months ago by DR SCHACK