A bit of a letdown after the previous story. Butcher did some fairly daring with the end of the last book and this book (he didn't have to; there wereA bit of a letdown after the previous story. Butcher did some fairly daring with the end of the last book and this book (he didn't have to; there were any number of ways he could have played the end of the previous book differently, although they would have been a cop out). Unfortunately, from the broad perspective, there was only way this book could end and it was obvious from the very beginning. The story felt more telegraphed than some of the others and felt a bit rushed. Also, the writing is a bit more redundant (I noticed this in the previous book also); Butcher has to describe various aspects of magic and/or background to the reader in exposition (in case they hadn't read or didn't remember details from previous books), but he's done it so often that he's now starting to repeat his exposition within the same volume. Another sign of rushed writing, or poor editing. There was also a continuity oddity or two that seemed off to me.
All of this is not to say that Ghost Story isn't a good book, but it doesn't stand as one of the better books in the series and definitely doesn't fails to live up to the promise of the previous volume....more
"The Timber Press Guide to Succulent Plants of the World: The Definitive Reference to More than 2000 Species" requires an extra subtitle or an asteris"The Timber Press Guide to Succulent Plants of the World: The Definitive Reference to More than 2000 Species" requires an extra subtitle or an asterisk which reads "Except Cactus". I was rather surprised in my initial browse the complete lack of any information about cacti, since these are by far the best known group of succulents, although eventually I discovered the explanation when I went back to the beginning and found, on page 15, the following statement:
Almost all the members of the cactus family (Cactaceae), for example, are succulents, and in popular terminology the term cactus can stand for any fleshy or spiny desert plant. This is hardly accurate, of course, and the horticultural adage that “all cacti are succulents but not all succulents are cacti,” bears repeating, despite a few exceptions. The variety and diversity of all the kinds of succulent plants make it impractical to cover them in any detail in a single volume, and so this book will restrict itself to the “other succulents,” those many thousands of species that are not members of the cactus family.
While I have no problem accepting this logic and decision, it did seem to me that this fact should have been made much clearer in the title of the book.
Moving beyond the decision to concentrate on everything but cactus, the guide seems to be quite solid. Plants are organized by taxonomic group, with descriptions and photos for many species. The photos are generally of high quality and successfully display major characteristics of different groups as well as highlighting the morphological variety of succulents. They also are weighted heavily toward photos of plants in the wild, rather the cultivars, which I think is a bonus....more
Similar to the other books, a workman-like mass-market style mystery (much in line with the style of James Patterson), entertaining enough for fans ofSimilar to the other books, a workman-like mass-market style mystery (much in line with the style of James Patterson), entertaining enough for fans of the show but not offering much more to the general mystery fan....more