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The Book of Barely Imagined Beings: A 21st Century Bestiary
The Book of Barely Imagined Beings: A 21st Century Bestiary
by Caspar Henderson
Edition: Hardcover

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating, 30 Oct 2012
This book chronicles some of the strangest of the creatures to inhabit this rock - ourselves included - their idiosyncrasies and our past ideas of them, illuminating aspects of ourselves, our environment and history as it does so.

Henderson writes beautifully and have obviously immersed himself in the subject matter, guiding the reader elegantly through the alphabet of creatures without a boring moment. There is no-one on earth who could read this book without learning something fascinating and marvel at the thing we call life (and perhaps shed a tear at what we have done, and are doing, to much of our life family).

It's also a beautiful piece of pulped wood, lovingly created by people who care about the craft of book making, type setting and illustration. Even if you (like me) own a Kindle, do buy the hardcover version. It might make it a bit more difficult to read on public transport, but will enhance your experience when reading on a park bench / in front on a fire / by the window in a storm / at a cafe / by a stream / in bed.


Norwegian Verbs And Essentials of Grammar (Verbs and Essentials of Grammar Series)
Norwegian Verbs And Essentials of Grammar (Verbs and Essentials of Grammar Series)
by Louis Janus
Edition: Paperback
Price: 8.39

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Lazy work, many errors, 29 May 2010
Far too many errors! Although the vast majority of this book is correct, there are also dozens of actual errors, as well as many instances of unnatural language, ie phrases a native would never use, nor consider to be right, although they might be correct according to some dictionaries. That just isn't good enough for a book this size. If they had bothered to get it proof read by a native Norwegian, this could have been easily avoided. I bought this book for my non-norwegian girlfriend, and had to spend a couple of hours correcting it before handing it over. I am a Norwegian who writes for a living. See amazon.com for a more comprehensive review.
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