Monday, April 14, 2014

The Weekly Birdbooker Report

                                           Photo copyright: Joe Fuhrman

My WEEKLY Birdbooker Report can be found here: http://www.scilogs.com/maniraptora/birdbooker-report-316/

Friday, April 11, 2014

New Title


1) Bertozzi, Nick. Shackleton: Antarctic Odyssey. 2014. First Second. Paperback: 128 pages. Price: $16.99 U.S.
PUBLISHER'S SUMMARY: Ernest Shackleton was one of the last great Antarctic explorers, and he led one of the most ambitious Antarctic expeditions ever undertaken. This is his story, and the story of the dozens of men who threw in their lot with him - many of whom nearly died in the unimaginably harsh conditions of the journey. It's an astonishing feat - and was unprecedented at the time - that all the men in the expedition survived.
     Shackleton's expedition marked the end of a period of romantic exploration of the Arctic and the Antarctic, and this is as much a book about the encroaching modern world as it is about travel. But Nick Bertozzi has documented this remarkable journey with such wit and fiendish attention to detail that it's impossible not to get caught up in the drama of the voyage. Shackleton is a phenomenal accompaniment to Bertozzi's earlier graphic novel about great explorers, Lewis & Clark.
RECOMMENDATION: For ages 12 and Up. An entertaining way to introduce older children to this chapter of polar exploration.

 


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

New Title


1) Rivera-Sylva, H├ęctor E., Kenneth Carpenter, and Eberhard Frey (editors). Dinosaurs and Other Reptiles from the Mesozoic of Mexico. 2014. Indiana University Press. Hardbound: 216 pages. Price: $50.00 U.S.
PUBLISHER'S SUMMARY: This overview of dinosaur discoveries in Mexico synthesizes current information about the geography and environment of the region during the Mesozoic when it was the western margin of the ancient continent of Pangea. The book summarizes research on various groups, including turtles, lepidosauromorphs, plesiosaurs, crocodyliforms, pterosaurs, and last but not least, dinosaurs. In addition, chapters focus on trackways and other trace fossils and on K/P boundary (the Chicxulub crater, beneath the Gulf of Mexico, has been hypothesized as the site of the boloid impact that killed off the dinosaurs). Dinosaurs and Other Reptiles from the Mesozoic of Mexico is an up-to-date, informative volume on an area that has not been comprehensively described until now.
RECOMMENDATION: A MUST have for anyone with an interest in the paleontology of Mexico.
 

Monday, April 7, 2014

New Title


1) Pratchett, Terry and Stephen Briggs. Turtle Recall: The Discworld Companion. . .So Far. 2014. Harper. Hardbound: 464 pages. Price: $27.99 U.S.
PUBLISHER'S SUMMARY: The Discworld, as everyone knows, is a flat world balanced on the backs of four elephants which, in turn, stand on the shell of the giant star turtle, the Great A'Tuin, as it slowly swims through space.
      It is also a global publishing phenomenon with sales of nearly 85 million books worldwide (and counting). With 39 books in the canon, not including the various guides, maps, diaries, and other tie-in volumes, there's a lot of Discworld to keep track of—more than most fans can manage without magic.
      Turtle Recall is the ultimate authority on probably the most heavily populated—certainly the most hilarious—setting in fantasy literature and includes a guide to Discworld locales from Ankh-Morpork to Zemphis, as well as information to help you distinguish Achmed the Mad from Jack Zweiblumen and the Agatean Empire from the Zoons. Plus much, much more.
     Covering everything from The Colour of Magic, the first Discworld novel, through Snuff!, Turtle Recall: The Discworld Companion . . .So Far is the most up-to-the-minute encyclopedia of Terry Pratchett's extraordinary universe available.
RECOMMENDATION: This title was first published in Britain in 2012, so it doesn't include Raising Steam, but otherwise Discworld fans will want this book.

The Weekly Birdbooker Report

                                                Photo copyright: Joe Fuhrman

My WEEKLY Birdbooker Report can be found here: http://www.scilogs.com/maniraptora/birdbooker-report-315/

Thursday, April 3, 2014

New Title

 
1) Heinrich, Bernd. The Homing Instinct: Meaning and Mystery in Animal Migration. 2014. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Hardbound: 352 pages. Price: $27.00 U.S.
PUBLISHER'S SUMMARY: Acclaimed scientist and author Bernd Heinrich has returned every year since boyhood to a beloved patch of western Maine woods. What is the biology in humans of this deep-in-the-bones pull toward a particular place, and how is it related to animal homing?
Heinrich explores the fascinating science chipping away at the mysteries of animal migration: how geese imprint true visual landscape memory; how scent trails are used by many creatures, from fish to insects to amphibians, to pinpoint their home if they are displaced from it; and how the tiniest of songbirds are equipped for solar and magnetic orienteering over vast distances. Most movingly, Heinrich chronicles the spring return of a pair of sandhill cranes to their home pond in the Alaska tundra. With his trademark “marvelous, mind-altering” prose (Los Angeles Times), he portrays the unmistakable signs of deep psychological emotion in the newly arrived birds—and reminds us that to discount our own emotions toward home is to ignore biology itself.
RECOMMENDATION: Fans of Heinrich's other works should enjoy this one!
 

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

New Title

 
1) Smallshire, Dave and Andy Swash. Britain's Dragonflies: A Field Guide to the Damselflies and Dragonflies of Britain and Ireland (Third Edition). 2014. Princeton University Press/WILDGuides. Paperback: 224. Price: $25.95 U.S.
PUBLISHER'S SUMMARY: Britain's Dragonflies is the only comprehensive photographic field guide to the damselflies and dragonflies of Britain and Ireland. Written by two of Britain's foremost experts, this fully revised and updated edition features hundreds of stunning images and identification charts covering all 56 resident, migrant and former breeding species, and seven potential vagrants. The book focuses on identification--both of adults and larvae--highlighting the key features. Detailed species profiles provide concise information on identification, distribution, flight periods, behaviour, habitat, status and conservation. Other sections cover biology; how to watch, photograph, record and monitor Dragonflies; conservation status and legislation; and introduced exotic species.
      This redesigned, updated and expanded edition features:
  • Beautiful colour plates showing males, females, immatures and all colour forms for every species
  • Over 450 stunning photographs and 550 illustrations
  • Up-to-date species profiles and distribution maps
  • Detailed, easy-to-use identification charts for adults and larvae

RECOMMENDATION: A MUST have for anyone with an interest in the Odonata of the United Kingdom.