This is such a fun book to read and to browse through. It's simply what it says on the package: a book on how to ke[Review based on the Dutch edition]
This is such a fun book to read and to browse through. It's simply what it says on the package: a book on how to keep dinosaurs, and it keeps up this idea of dinosaurs being alive and kept as pets or in the zoo the whole book, even in the final list of what dinosaurs have been found where (as a list of 'you can buy this dinosaur in this country'). A lot of the dinosaurs discussed are illustrated in CG, often photoshopped in their 'natural' environments (such as the Therazinosaurus herding sheep). It's really fun and for the younger (or the young at heart) nice to fantasize about. You get to learn a couple of things about dinosaurs and still have all these silly images and ideas of your very own pet-Archaeopteryx or the dangers of keeping a Tyrannosaurus, and what you should get for food or how to groom your new pet. (Re: the Archaeopteryx, the term 'dinosaur' is pretty loosely applied and also used to mean pterosaurs and the like). Of course, you can also find dinosaurs you can keep for their meat and how you can breed with them.
To be quite honest, it's been a while since I read it and I almost forgot I had it until goodreads came up with it, but I'm certainly going to reread it now, if only to see if I remembered it all correctly (my inner dinosaur freak is showing). ...more
Well, that was... interesting. More science than in Journey to the Center of the Earth for sure, but then again, this has quite some more pages as welWell, that was... interesting. More science than in Journey to the Center of the Earth for sure, but then again, this has quite some more pages as well, so that makes sense. I was very intrigued by the character of Captain Nemo, and I would love to find out his whole story, but I guess it's part of the charm. (I guess this means I have to read The Mysterious Island soon then, since it gives his back story.)
Seriously though, so many fish. I think I'm gonna reread the book again and google every word I don't know. I expect solely pictures of fish. ...more
Still four stars, in despite of my complaining at the beginning. I read the stories in chronological order (which is how they're printed in the book),Still four stars, in despite of my complaining at the beginning. I read the stories in chronological order (which is how they're printed in the book), and honestly, until Charles Dickens, I wasn't sure if I was going to like this. Half of the first six stories do not feature a ghost at all, and in the case of The Story of Mary Ancel by William Makepeace Thackeray, I was completely baffled it was in a ghost stories book at all, even if you stretch the meaning of 'ghost' to 'eerie'. Either it's just really subtle, or there simply isn't anything spooky about it. Not to me, at any rate. Don't get me wrong, I liked it - it just wasn't a ghost story.
When we enter the later Victorian era, things start to get good. I already mentioned Charles Dickens, and can I just say I'm absolutely delighted I still have a collection of twenty of his ghost stories to read left? I love his style and his humor and, gah. Okay. Among the other stories that really stood out for me were Oscar Wilde's The Canterville Ghost, which is apparently a children's story, but it was lovely and so much fun, especially the middle part. Then we have the two stories by Montague Rhodes James, The Haunted Doll's House and A School Story; both rather short, but I loved the whole idea of the object from the title in the former. I also really liked the final story (the final 'fictional' one, anyway), which was Laura by Saki. It really stood out to me by it's matter-of-factness. It's only five pages, straight to the point, and has some nasty sentences I secretly loved.
The volume ends with three supposedly 'true' ghost stories, published in magazines as eye witness accounts, but to be honest, they didn't really stand out to me. (And I was expecting more from the story about the Tower of London, honestly.)
So overall, I think it's a solid collection, but it would have been just a bit better had the editor been more clear about what he thinks counts as a 'ghost' story. ...more