A peek into poetry throughout the world. The editor has given us a collection wrought with human emotions. By organizing the book in theme not by counA peek into poetry throughout the world. The editor has given us a collection wrought with human emotions. By organizing the book in theme not by country, we are allowed to see the similarities of mankind first and not the differences. This Same Sky can be enjoyed as a collection as a look at the human condition or singularly as individual, finely crafted poems....more
My library copy dates this book to 1990. Why, yes a science book that old is bound to be outdated. Does that mean it isn't useful anymore? Sometimes,My library copy dates this book to 1990. Why, yes a science book that old is bound to be outdated. Does that mean it isn't useful anymore? Sometimes, but sometimes it's value just changes form. We still read Darwin even though many of his ideas are now thought to be wrong and we look at evolution very differently. This is a great original source book when it comes to 80s paleontological politics. For instance, it's very interesting the hear the pros and cons of the K-T Impact theory before they found the impact crator. While the impact being a large contributor to the dinosaur's extinction is widely accept as a fact now, it wasn't back then.
Beyond that, Cvancara takes a critical look at paleontology itself, in an almost psychological way. This insight into the world of paleontologists is unique, still very relevant, and not likely to change anytime soon. Technology changes quickly, but people change very slowly. This is a great book to review if considering a career in paleontology or even in a serious pursuit of a hobby....more
Admittedly, this is a good scientific book on scavengers, detritavores, and predation. I don't think anyone can realistically fault Heinrich for not hAdmittedly, this is a good scientific book on scavengers, detritavores, and predation. I don't think anyone can realistically fault Heinrich for not having a mind sharp as a knife. I was looking for something more. I loved one of Heinrich's other books, The Mind Of The Raven, for the spiritual bend in which the book was presented. I was disappointed to see the real meat and bones about death sidestepped.
Judging from other reviews, you either will love this book or hate it. I might have liked this book at another point in my life - before I had been so intimately aquainted with death. I saw this book at the library and thought it might be a nice open look at death. In fact it begins with a letter from a friend of Heinrich's - who is expecting death - requesting a burial place on his voluminous land for very spiritual, yet practical, reasons. I thought this would be a perfect grieving book for me. However, the book is mostly concerned with dead animals being eaten and broken down in various ways. I am a student of science, and these little details are interesting to me, but didn't seem to have anything to do with "The Animal Way of Death," which is the tagline for the book. Based on his introduction, I was expecting a look at things like elephant graveyards and grief responses among animals species.
I will say quite honestly that I only got a little more than halfway through the book before skimming through the rest and putting it down. While at the end, he has a quick attempt at spirituality, it seems forced, and to have nothing to do with the rest of the book. It is not for me at this time in my life. No biggy, I only worry that should I read Mind Of The Raven again, I won't find it so special....more
An older book, but still worth its salt. Beware the title if you are looking at it with modern eyes. Today's use of the word "amateur" has become synoAn older book, but still worth its salt. Beware the title if you are looking at it with modern eyes. Today's use of the word "amateur" has become synonymous with "beginner" but that was not the original message. This book uses the older meaning: someone who studies and practices seriously, but without getting paid for it yet. I would recommend this only if you are already familiar with basic geological processes and wish to learn more in depth.
This is a very detailed book. A littke dry reading it straight through, but I think it will be great reference use. Very nice index....more
Written so everyone can understand, this book still manages to cover a lot of ground without feeling like you are skipping important details. While I'Written so everyone can understand, this book still manages to cover a lot of ground without feeling like you are skipping important details. While I'm using it to supplement my paleontology studies, this books has something for everyone interested in learning about Earth, life, and time. The only problem is the unavoidable march of time is starting to date something of the information contained in this book from only a handful of years ago, but it shouldn't be enough to deter anyone from reading it....more
Slogging through the first half of the book, I got the impression that this was one of those fantasy novels that got published in the wake of Harry PoSlogging through the first half of the book, I got the impression that this was one of those fantasy novels that got published in the wake of Harry Potter when editors were publishing every young adult fantasy novel they could get their hands on. However, at some point in the middle I became interested. I can't say exactly what it was, but I finished with a satisfied feeling. I'm actually wanting to rate this 2 1/2 stars, for the bad beginning and the good ending....more
Neil Gaiman weaves tales of fantasy and creates worlds entirely believable, to the point that you are terrified at the prospect some of these alternatNeil Gaiman weaves tales of fantasy and creates worlds entirely believable, to the point that you are terrified at the prospect some of these alternate realities might exist. He excels at creating both places of beauty and places of mystical horror - which turn out sometimes to be the same place. A good man to read to escape to another world and identify with the complex characters, but then be very glad to be back safe and sound in your own home after the tale ends.
This book is a recent collection of short stories and verse by a man who has quickly become one of my favorite authors. Like all short story collections the tone of each story/poem is very different; in one tale you might be reading a cute poem about retelling the story of Goldilocks, and in the next story one of the plot points involves a pedophile running an orphanage. But unlike other short story collections I have read, there isn't a tale in the collection that I didn't enjoy at all - of course I have favorites, but each contained a gem somewhere in it for me.
And, if you decide to read this book, make sure to check out the introduction, which is a work of art all to itself, going over the story behind the story, and making up stories inside of it all. Just read it...you'll understand what I'm talking about.
Not quite what I was expecting, but I still enjoyed it. I was expecting a straight forward walk through the people and places behind these age old rhyNot quite what I was expecting, but I still enjoyed it. I was expecting a straight forward walk through the people and places behind these age old rhymes. What I got was a mad romp through English history as Eddie Izzard might present it. The author might start off with an explanation of the rhyme, but eventually he will end up in a rant about European historical characters that are only marginally related to the rhyme. His humor is so off-the-beaten-path that the American publishers decided to add a glossary for British slang and pop references.
I enjoyed the book, however, and I was exposed to much European history that I probably never would have heard otherwise. I would recommend the book to any history lover, along with anyone who wants to learn a thing or two about the seamy lives of British aristocracy -- and anyone who also has a healthy amount of ADD....more
This book serves the double purpose of action and information. If you are looking to do some knitting work for a charity this book will give you a varThis book serves the double purpose of action and information. If you are looking to do some knitting work for a charity this book will give you a variety of options to choose which suits your need. This book supplies you with patterns and instructions for knitted donations as well as hooking you up with a website and contact information. It's also just a great read if you are looking for an uplifting look at how people are helping others through knitting, now and in the past.
There is always the danger of being outdated quickly in print form (since charities come and go), but I just went through all the charities listed, looking to "like" them on Facebook. While not every charity had a Facebook Page, I was only able to find one charity from the book that didn't look like it was operating any more -- and I certainly don't regret reading the touching tale.
While I'm sure people who don't knit will not find this book as fascinating as I did, I would recommended it to any knitter (and most of the charities have crochet options, too)....more
I picked up this book at random from the large collection of Agatha Christie stories at the library. It has been so long since I read any of her mysteI picked up this book at random from the large collection of Agatha Christie stories at the library. It has been so long since I read any of her mystery stories I didn't mind reading any of them a second time. I quickly realized, however, that this collection contains mostly stories that are unusual for Christie. The first part of the book features hardly a death and is mostly made up of kitschy love stories -- although, by no means poorly written and enjoyable enough for light reading. Then stories of the supernatural take over. The last half of the book is comprised of classic ghost stories, with the perfect balance of dark and light. These are very contrasting genres to stick together in one book, romantic fiction and supernatural horror, which will probably irritate most readers, but the plots are solid so perhaps this gives the reader an opportunity to expand their reading base....more
Although my interest in the series waned in the middle, this final book really pulls it altogether. Frankly, I didn't think Rowling would be a talenteAlthough my interest in the series waned in the middle, this final book really pulls it altogether. Frankly, I didn't think Rowling would be a talented enough writer to take all the little details scattered throughout the series and pull them together, but she does so in surprising ways. I got caught up in the story in a way I haven't since the third book.
I had put off reading the last one, simply because I was sick of Pottermania. However, I am glad I came back to it -- a good send off....more