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A Novel and Efficient Synthesis of Cadaverine Paperback – November 18, 2009
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Top Customer Reviews
The first 150 pages or so are hard slogging; the author introduces too many characters, all of whom are too easily forgotten, and none of whom are doing much of interest. He then hits his stride as the absurdities and indignities mount in the lives of his grad students and professors of chemistry. Unfortunately, the book has three major subplots woven to make the major plot, and two of these subplots -- involving Massachusetts politics and trained assassins, are forgettable, and serve mostly to dilute the more entertaining parts of the book. The end, in which all three strands come together, didn't really work for me.
Scoggin has no natural gift for dialog or exposition. The book has long passages describing methods of chemical synthesis or analysis, none of it needed. Some of the amusing material feels as though it probably has been passed from grad student to grad student for years, rather than being original to Scoggin.
That said, I did enjoy it.
For those unfamiliar with the world of R&D, it may be somewhat dense reading in places, but if you want to understand my world you can get a pretty good feel for it by reading this novel.
If you like [...] this may be right up your alley.