M. Taylor

"Mike Taylor"
Helpful votes received on reviews: 82% (31 of 38)
Location: Ruardean, United Kingdom


Top Reviewer Ranking: 535,396 - Total Helpful Votes: 31 of 38
8GB MP3/MP4 Player (4th Gen) with FM Radio (Colour&hellip by Unknown
1.0 out of 5 stars Just plain didn't work, 9 July 2013
After I loaded this with MP3s, it worked for less than 24 hours before failing. Thereafter, it just reported "Disk error" when I tried to lay music.

(Also: I found the user-interface completely incomprehensible, and the manual was printed in light grey 3-point font on a dark white background. In so far as I could make out what it said at all, it seemed to be describing a completely different piece of kit.)

Total disaster. Avoid.
All Yesterdays: Unique and Speculative Views of Di&hellip by Darren Naish
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
All Yesterdays represents a radical and wholly feasible re-imagining of prehistoric life. The quick, agile dinosaurs illustrated by Bakker, Paul and their followers in the late 1960s and 1970s revolutionised the ponderous image that had been perpetuated by Knight, Zallinger and Burian. But Bakkerian dinosaurs quickly became a new orthodoxy, adhered to just as strongly as the old had been. The Jurassic Park raptors of 1993 were direct descendants of Bakker's drawing from 1969. And although details have changed since then -- orientation of the hands, the addition of feathers -- the general body shape has survived largely unchanged in all nearly all palaeoart.

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Tetrapod Zoology Book One by Steve Backshall
Tetrapod Zoology Book One by Steve Backshall
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Tetrapod Zoology Book One is exactly what it says it is -- a compilation and distillation of articles from author Darren Naish's outstanding blog of the same name. Within the broad field of Natural History, Naish's range of interest is astonishing, and his erudition humbling: I doubt anyone reading this book could come away without having learned something new from each chapter, even if it's on their own speciality. What's impressive is that Naish so successfully walks the line between "popular" and "technical" writing, so that the prose is easily comprehensible to an intelligent layman, but still precise enough to satisfy specialists. Highly recommended.

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