Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded - Simon Winchester I must admit that after about 280 pages I ended up skimming the rest. The author did an enormous amount of research for this book. However, just because you have the research doesn't mean you need to place every bit of it in your book. Also I did not find his writing style all that involving. I came for the volcano but left wondering how anyone could make the largest volcanic eruption in recorded history so dull.