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Saturday, April 29, 2017

Book Review - "Nannion" by Andreas Androutsellis-Theotokis

Book Review by Crystal J. Casavant-Otto:

After finishing “Nannion” by Andreas Androutsellis-Theotokis, I am left absolutely fascinated. This is not a typical book for me to read, and yet I would read it again and I’m interested in other titles this author may have penned. The combination of nature, science, and mystery is very fascinating. The environment changes in ecosystems can easily correlate to real-life.

The book is well written and well edited making it easy to enjoy. It was not necessarily a quick read but I think that was because it was truly interesting and I often slowed my pace to take it all in. That said, the book kept my attention from cover to cover. Even if you don’t usually reach for science fiction, you’ll appreciate the beauty of this book. The characters are interesting (the main character being a cat) and the book is engaging. It is so much more than just an adventure story of a cat. This is a thought-provoking tale that will stay with you long after you finishing reading. As a nature enthusiast I can’t help but consider how this fictional ecosystem isn’t all that different than our own.

Official Book Summary:

On a secluded Greek island in the 1950s, an enormous abandoned mine is filled with sea water for a major international experiment in marine biology. It is intended to study natural selection and, perhaps, evolution in a new aquatic ecosystem. However, the experiment and the island are eventually abandoned.

Decades later, a sailor’s photograph of the corpse of a large shark prompts a team of biologists to visit the island. The team discovers unique environments, including an underwater brine lake. The life forms act in ways that affect the fauna on the island as well as themselves.

The new ecosystem is dangerous. How to cope with it? The biologists will need some form of interspecies communication with the sea life and even with a cat that has been stranded on the island. It’s simple in theory...

Book Details:

File Size: 2326 KB
Print Length: 352 pages
Publication Date: January 11, 2017
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Language: English

About the Author:

I was born in Athens, Greece, at a time when progressive rock music still got radio play. After finishing high school, I studied Biochemistry and Neurochemistry at Imperial College, University of London, obtaining my BSc and PhD degrees.

Following my studies, I completed my National Service duties in the Greek Army. Having experienced severe research withdrawal symptoms, I moved to the USA to resume professional science work, first at Yale University and then at the National Institutes of Health. Afterwards, I started my own research lab in Dresden, Germany. In parallel, I became Associate Professor at the University of Nottingham, in the UK, just in time for Brexit…

My research focuses on novel molecular mechanisms that allow us to manipulate resident stem cells and other types of cell, in different organs. The work of my team relates to neurodegenerative disease, neurological disorders, cancer, and diabetes.

Currently, much of my thinking concerns how to best bring all of our work to the clinic and how to make sure I see it provide benefit to the patient. There are plenty of avenues, and none is simple.

When I don’t obsess with science or write mystery stories, there is a good chance I may be composing music (often in odd time signatures) and playing the drums. I also like photography and I seem to have a knack at enticing cats to pose for me.

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