Mistah Lee

Borneo's wild primate
Helpful votes received on reviews: 84% (27 of 32)
Location: Finland/ Thailand
Anniversary: 8 Sep


Top Reviewer Ranking: 238,842 - Total Helpful Votes: 27 of 32
A Naturalist's Guide to the Butterflies of Peninsu&hellip by Laurence Kirton
Fuming from inadvertently playing midwife to 12 healthy parasitic wasps (Hymenoptera) from 15 Finnish swallowtail pupae carefully nurtured over the whole 2013-14 Nordic winter, I discovered on Amazon, and ordered a copy of, this promising little book in May 2014. A S-E. Asian veteran butterfly collector of the 1950s, I was weaned in Britain on dried specimens ordered by post and on old second-hand butterfly books – some going back to the 1860s – with their black and white plates delicately coloured by young ladies with sharp eyes and steady hands, often to breathtaking effect. Thus was set the ”alpha” of this review. As soon as Kirton’s book arrived, I ordered a second one with alacrity:… Read more
Survivor on the River Kwai: The Incredible Story o&hellip by Reg Twigg
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
In 1941 I was born. In the 1950s-60s I read all the available PoW paperbacks. In September 2013 I headed for the River Kwai, not to follow up an earlier visit to “the bridge”, nor to spend time in Kanchanaburi’s well-kept war cemetery contemplating the ‘then and now’ – but on a personal nature photo safari with my Thai wife and relatives. I also, by chance, took along the hardback edition of the book.

Do not be confused by an author’s name on the cover (Reg Twigg), followed by an Author’s Note (Clive Medway). Clive is Reg’s father and Clive is a gifted raconteur. Numerous monochrome plates supplement the book, featuring both photos of life (to use a euphemism) on the 1940s… Read more
Fascinating Insects of Southeast Asia by L.E.O Braack
2.0 out of 5 stars Too general, 20 Jun 2013
Married to a SE Asian, I'm a biologist inclined towards entomology so may be considered a miserable old git. However, I often buy insect books on tropical insects to further my knowledge. Obviously anyone who expects a slim volume like this to cover even a fraction of the ground that the (now ancient) volumes of A.Seitz did for the Lepidoptera (butterfles and moths) is naive. Showing genuine examples of the major groups is fraught with danger as these may well not be typical of that group as a whole, while (as here) simply delving as deep as a family or genus does little to enlighten the reader bewildered by the (bewildering) variety of insects on the planet, especially in tropical regions… Read more