The Fallen Sky: An Intimate History of Shooting Stars

The Fallen Sky: An Intimate History of Shooting Stars

In this acclaimed volume, prizewinning poet and nature writer Christopher Cokinos takes us on an epic journey from Antarctica to outer space, weaving together natural history, memoir, and in-depth profiles of amateur researchers, rogue scientists, and stargazing dreamers to tell the riveting tale of how the study of meteorites became a modern science....

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Title:The Fallen Sky: An Intimate History of Shooting Stars
Author:Christopher Cokinos
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Genres:Science
ISBN:The Fallen Sky: An Intimate History of Shooting Stars
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Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:528 pages pages

The Fallen Sky: An Intimate History of Shooting Stars Reviews

  • Grumpus
    Mar 09, 2010
    I give up...dull, dry and too much about his ex-wife and current wife that are not germaine to the subject of the book in my opinion. I had such high hopes going in but it met none of my expectations. Books I cannot finish are like a failed relationship. They don't make me angry but...
  • Caroline
    Sep 15, 2010
    I wanted to hear about meteorites; I didn't want to hear so much about the author's personal life. He's a beautifully talented writer, but diving into his own emotional turmoil hurts the book in the end because sometimes it means that it grows so intimate that the reader can't follow h...
  • Shinynickel
    Aug 22, 2009
    Off this review: The Fallen Sky: An Intimate History of Shooting Stars By Christopher Cokinos (Penguin Group) When Cokinos isn?t chronicling the solar system?s origins or recounting obsessive tales of explorers trekking to the ends of the Earth in pursuit of exotic rocks from the...
  • John
    Jan 14, 2012
    Cokinos weaves a number of tales together about those who have searched for meteors and the effect of the falling of meteors through history. He relates his personal experiences of famous areas that have impact events in their history. The book concludes with the author's experiences h...
  • Diane
    Aug 29, 2009
    This is a book of history, meteors and personal introspection. I particularly enjoyed the history parts - stories of the people (men and women) who found meteors and became obsessed by them. I know nothing about meteors and the information about them was probably at a good level - I le...
  • Kris
    Feb 27, 2018
    It took me a long time to finish this one. Some of it was fascinating, some of it was a bit technical, some of it was too personal. I don't mind when an author puts himself into the story, in fact this often makes a potentially dry subject more interesting (standing in the footsteps of...
  • B. Rule
    Jun 23, 2014
    God, how I tried to like this book. The concept - natural history/science about meteorites mixed with literary memoir - is basically catnip to me. However, the execution went so, so wrong. A sinking feeling crept in within the first few pages, and before I reached 120 pages, had grown ...
  • Claude Bertout
    Sep 05, 2009
    It took me a while to finish this book, although it is by far the best account of the dangers and wonders of meteoritic addiction I have read. Unfortunately, the author tries to mix the scientific and historical story of meteorites and their seekers with his personal life story in a wa...
  • Denise
    Jul 23, 2011
    Part autobiography, part science, a book of journeys. Enjoyable read, a little disappointed that pictures were not included. Recommend using google maps and wikipedia along with the book to understand the places visited and the people discussed. ...
  • Daphne
    Dec 26, 2013
    The science and history was interesting, but WAY too much unnecessary commentary about the author's personal life. If it had added to the narrative, that would be one thing, but it felt juxtaposed, forced, and a tad desperate for attention and approval. ...
  • Dorothee Kocks
    Feb 27, 2011
    Not only is the sky amazing, not only are meteorites a stunning reminder that we live in space, but Chris Cokinos's book uncovers also the passion of people who chase meteorites. It's a story full of drama and pathos. Cokinos is that rare environmental writer who can combine love of hu...
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    Oct 26, 2010
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  • Joel Allen
    Dec 13, 2011
    When I signed up for a book on meteorites, I didn't know I was also agreeing to listen to a man vaguely whine about relationship issues. I couldn't stand it after 35 ltd, so did a flip through-one that could've been done in 35 seconds. ...
  • Kend
    Aug 22, 2017
    I see a lot of criticism in the other Goodreads reviews of the fact that Cokinos incorporated his personal life into the narrative he's telling about meteorite hunters, but ... wow. Is that really a valid criticism in the decade which has produced such blockbuster literary hits as Cher...
  • Jens
    Dec 20, 2011
    An interesting and well written story of the start of the cosmos and how the eccentric and the obsessed are committed to their passion above all else; searching the unknown, exploration of the undiscovered, and the sacrifices made to achieve these goals. This book covers it all, howeve...
  • JodiP
    Dec 26, 2011
    If I were in the right mood, I think I could get through this. At the time, Cokinos came across a bit too self-absorbed; I didn't like the inclusion of all his personal problems. I may try it agian someday, as the writing was fine. ...
  • Debbie
    Jun 15, 2016
    "The Fallen Sky" was a failed attempt to tie the search for meteorites with the author's discovery of himself. The moments of strong storytelling about meteorite hunters were destroyed by the author's personal ramblings. At times, I felt like I had picked up someone's personal journal ...
  • Geoffrey Notkin
    Jul 24, 2012
    Every now and then a book comes along that bridges the disparate disciplines of science, history and literature. "To See Every Bird on Earth" by Ted Koeppel is one of those and a beautiful work it is; Mark Jaffe?s "The Gilded Dinosaur" about the early days of American paleontology is...
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    Nov 05, 2016
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    May 22, 2013
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    May 06, 2013
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    May 28, 2013
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    Sep 24, 2013
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    Jan 06, 2014
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  • Joseph M. O'Connor
    Feb 11, 2015
    Not impressed. More a sappy memoir than a book about meteors and meteorites. Two things are apparent from reading the book: 1. Mr Cokinos feels a great deal of guilt about his broken first marriage; and 2. He thinks he's a poet. But he's not. ...
  • Debbie
    Jun 16, 2016
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  • Kevin O'Connell
    Jan 29, 2016
    The book is easy to read. There isn't much technical language; nor is there much of a background requirement in astronomy and so forth. There is a lot of information about meteorites. Classification, origin, ramifications for the developing Earth are included, along with many ot...
  • Casey
    Mar 22, 2019
    I wanted a lot more about the asteroids and a lot less about his masturbatory "self-reflection" about his affair and whatnot. I don't mind some memoir-type science writing but this was self-indulgent and the author seems like a dick. Disappointing. ...
  • Aryan Singh
    Jun 01, 2017
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  • Gunther
    Aug 25, 2018
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