Profile for Arthur > Reviews

Personal Profile

Content by Arthur
Top Reviewer Ranking: 8,138
Helpful Votes: 86

Learn more about Your Profile.

Reviews Written by
Arthur

Show:  
Page: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11-12
pixel
Celtic Designs (Design Inspiration Series)
Celtic Designs (Design Inspiration Series)
by various
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars like the picture, 25 April 2013
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Since there is a discrepancy, the picture and facts (96 pages, Search Press) are correct, not the book title given beside the picture. The first 16 pages are photos, the rest line drawings of Celtic knots. Nice book. I like the selection of knots; they are not just the same knot with different borders.


Lumache - Ricette & Sorrisi ( Snails - Recipes and Smiles )
Lumache - Ricette & Sorrisi ( Snails - Recipes and Smiles )
by Franco - Martini, Costanzo - Damiano, Massimo et al Sollida
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars very nice, 24 April 2013
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
I got the last copy for 12 pounds, but if you can find one, just the cartoons are worth that much. My daughter didn't find them as funny. Topics include various ways of eluding eaters. One of my favourites was of a snail armed with a fork and knife and preparing to counter the diner's attack with one of his own. This fits Achatina fulica to a tee - they do eat human flesh. 74 pages of text (i.e. not including the title page, advertisements, etc.) and 69 illustrations.


British Archaeology: An Introductory Booklist (Practical handbooks in archaeology)
British Archaeology: An Introductory Booklist (Practical handbooks in archaeology)
by James Dyer
Edition: Paperback

2.0 out of 5 stars rather limited knowledge, 15 April 2013
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
It does not say how many works are listed, but there are 33 pages of listings (roughly 20 to a page when full), organised first by subject (general, methodology, period, and British region) and then alphabetically. Only the author, title, year of publishing, and publisher are given, no number of pages or description/review of any kind. Obviously all of the books are 1986 or earlier. It is a place to start researching, but in the age of Amazon and online content, I am not sure how valuable it is today.


Encyclopaedia of Mollusca
Encyclopaedia of Mollusca
by Rajiv Tyagi
Edition: Hardcover

2.0 out of 5 stars Indian discussion of molluscan biology, 8 April 2013
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
I was hoping with this number of pages that it would give a description of a large number of species. In actuality, it is a three volume hardback discussion of molluscan biology with limited illustrations (mostly in vol. 2), but no photographs. Vol. 1. Molluscan Shells, 232 pp, Vol. 2. Evolutionary Molluscs, 349 pp., Vol. 3. Physiology of Molluscs, 495 pp. As to the text, Vol. 1 spends 49 pages on all univalves, marine and terrestrial, and includes a little more than a page (pp. 86-7) on 'Giant African Snails', of which only half a page discusses Achatinids and only three short sentences their shell dimensions, nothing about their shape. Archachatina marginata is identified as Achatina marginata, which the authors write 'has occasionally been introduced ... in Germany'. Since these snails do not usually survive freezing temperatures and do not feed very much at temperatures below 19 C, I can only presume they have been introduced into pet shops and greenhouses. There is no index, so if the authors have commented on Achatinid physiology or evolution at some other point in the books, good luck finding it. With this level of writing in an area I know, I dread to think what I will find elsewhere where I do not. Or perhaps everything is fine there. I will not be rushing to find out.


Windmills and Waterwheels Explained (England's Living History)
Windmills and Waterwheels Explained (England's Living History)
by Stan Yorke
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars surprising amount of information, 8 April 2013
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
At 128 pages, I was worried it might be a bit thin on information. In fact, it is packed with lots of drawings, diagrams, and photos covering all sorts of mills and their mechanisms and purposes. The text is also quite interesting and readable. Definitely worth reading. This is the second England's Living History volume I have bought and I am pleased with both of them.


Tortoises Including Turtles and Terrapins (Pet Care Guides)
Tortoises Including Turtles and Terrapins (Pet Care Guides)
by David Robinson
Edition: Paperback

3.0 out of 5 stars nice for beginners, 8 April 2013
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
It uses paintings rather than photographs, so the animals do not necessarily look as good as they could. It does describe quite a few species (at least 40), but only for identification and background, not the specifics of keeping them.
The care instructions are interesting, but are geared towards the keeping of species compatible with local conditions rather than exotic ones. But within those confines, the instructions and guidelines seem to be complete enough and written so that an adolescent (or adult) would feel confident keeping a tortoise and keep it properly.


Bronze Age Military Equipment
Bronze Age Military Equipment
by Dan Howard
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.80

5.0 out of 5 stars And the book is Bronze Age Military Equipment, 8 April 2013
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Although the picture is of another Dan Howard book, the book actually posted is the one described, Bronze Age Military Equipment, which is a great book.


Brick: A World History
Brick: A World History
by James W. P. Campbell
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £38.40

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars More coffee/guide book, 7 April 2013
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Brick: A World History (Hardcover)
After all of the positive reviews, I was fairly disappointed by the book. The review of the technology is fairly general and not very specific. For example, brick composition percentages, firing temperatures, bond patterns, etc. are not discussed very much at all. He talks about Romans sawing bricks, but not what implements they used to saw them nor does the book include any illustrations of such implements from that period. Certainly some must be available from Pompeii.

What is worse is that the illustrations do not seem to be linked to the text. Not only is there no cross-referencing system (i.e. see Fig. 5), but more complicated points are not illustrated, e.g. opus recticulatum, and where there is an accompanying illustration, such as the Temple of Rediculus, the captions do not reflect the text, e.g. 'note the use of red brick highlights and moulded bricks.' Therefore, you must read the text to understand what to look for in the picture. Diagrams of how to lay the bricks to achieve the various designs shown in the photos would have been a great addition.

The photographs are good quality prints. Some have close ups of details. But others, like of the small mausoleum on p. 117, waste good space on the background, resulting in a smaller picture of the building, and do not have a close up of interesting details, in this case the two colour brickwork of the dome. The text often reads like for a guidebook, i.e. building x is noted by its use of y bricks and z patterns. These are great if you are going to visit, but rather weak in the light of limited photography.


Keeping a Pet Tortoise
Keeping a Pet Tortoise
by A.C. Highfield
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £5.24

2.0 out of 5 stars very superficial, 5 April 2013
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Keeping a Pet Tortoise (Hardcover)
Judging from the summary and all the positive reviews, I thought this book would be a lot better. The photos are nice, but not fantastic. The big problem is that it seems to be more geared to convincing a person not to raise a pet tortoise than explaining how to do it. It is constantly referring the reader to the website [...] for the rest of the story. So I would recommend skipping the book and going straight to the website. The book appears to be just an overview of the information at the website. Since I am now thoroughly convinced I never want to raise a tortoise, I did not open any of the website's literature, but there does seem to be quite a bit of it.


Buckles (Shire Library) (Shire Library)
Buckles (Shire Library) (Shire Library)
by Gillian Meredith
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.01

3.0 out of 5 stars Not many archaic buckles either, 4 April 2013
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
There are only about three 'detector find' buckles. Most of the buckles seem to be from the nineteenth century and are fairly ornate and in good condition, although I did not really keep score. Within that range, there is an interesting selection of buckles, but it more to whet your appetite than in depth study.


Page: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11-12