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Are Dolphins Really Smart?: The mammal behind the myth
Are Dolphins Really Smart?: The mammal behind the myth
by Justin Gregg
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 14.26

5.0 out of 5 stars important insight, 15 Nov 2013
This seems like a book that should have been written years ago. Gregg has a rigorous scientific eye and yet he presents the information in a way that is accessible to the general reader. If you think you know something about dolphins already, you may be surprised by the gems he unearths.

The English Reader: What Every Literate Person Needs to Know
The English Reader: What Every Literate Person Needs to Know
by Diane Ravitch
Edition: Hardcover

4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good, 29 Dec 2009
What a great idea for an anthology - and ironic that it is published in the usa! contains some of the most moving and memorable piece of english literature - some in extract, some entire. a wonderful gift for anyone who loves English literature - or wants to cherry-pick from some of the best writers who have ever lived. it would inspire young students or provide a comforting lodestone for older readers who need to refresh their acquaintance with the masters.

Field Guide to the Seashores of Eastern Africa
Field Guide to the Seashores of Eastern Africa
by Matthew Richmond
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastically good, 29 Dec 2009
A wonderful compendium of knowledge - written by the world's experts on Indian Ocean ecology and biology. this is an essential book for anyone with a genuine interest in the region.

A Diver's Guide to Reef Life
A Diver's Guide to Reef Life
by Andrea Ferrari
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 30.00

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An essential book for any diver's library, 18 Jun 2007
ANDREA AND ANTONELLA FERRARI have spent years amassing the photographs and information contained in A Diver's Guide to Reef Life, and it shows.

With 1200 tropical species, ranging from coral polyps, gorgonians, sea squirts, sponges, nudibranchs and all of the main fish groups, this is a truly comprehensive work, and probably the only reef guide most divers will need to take with them on a trip.

Covering the Red Sea, Indo-Pacific and many Caribbean species, the book comes in a handy, almost square format with just three species per page, allowing good-sized images of high quality.

The authors describe each species carefully, and where possible give information on behaviour to assist with identification. For example, the reader learns that the orangeband surgeonfish (Acanthurus olivaceus) "can switch its main body colour from dark olive to tan to dark blue in seconds" and that there are 40 different species of triggerfish. One section shows juvenile specimens of some of the commonest fish, demonstrating how unlike their adult forms they can be.

Photographically, Reef Life is excellent, with every shot a genuinely representative view of the animal or fish described. The book also contains a good general introduction to coral-reef ecology, and titbits of information are spread throughout the text: "94 million tonnes of fish are now taken globally each year, compared to 19 million tonnes in 1950."

The Ferraris also produced the Macrolife Guide to Underwater Malaysia, in my opinion the best of its kind. Now they have created an indispensable companion volume that will serve every diver well.

Tim Ecott is the author of Neutral Buoyancy: Adventures in a Liquid World

The Big Blue [Version Longue] [DVD] [1988]
The Big Blue [Version Longue] [DVD] [1988]
Dvd ~ Rosanna Arquette
Offered by Jasuli
Price: 8.95

12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars diving poetry, 6 Sep 2004
yes the plot is sometimes silly, yes the characterisations sometimes seem weak but this film is remarcable on many levels. it is visually stunning, it captures the essence of the other-worldliness of being underwater and it also conveys a very accurate idea of why people free-dive. no-one has made a better attempt at capturing the poetry of diving on film and given that it is over fifteen years old now, it was an amazing achievement when it was first made. the apneic essentials are all there - rivalry, risk, romance and dolphins.

Death Comes for the Archbishop
Death Comes for the Archbishop
by Willa Cather
Edition: Paperback

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars astounding vision, 16 July 2004
This book is so beautifully written it is hard to believe it is fiction. The landscapes and the era and the characters come alive better than in any film about the old west. Staggering imaginative and flawlessly executed.

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