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5.0 out of 5 stars No review ? Overlooked ? I think so..., 28 Oct 2013
This review is from: The Hundred Greatest Stars (Hardcover)
The books introduction is a short concise account of star birth, main sequence and the the senior events of a stars existence or life. These events and timescales do of coarse vary between every star as other factors are very much players in how these events are played out & the '100' highlights this variation on a grand scale. The short intro sets the scene adequately for a quick brush up if rusty on the subject, or if new it lays a very nice foundation that will surely season the curiosity enough to instantly dive into one of the more well-know stars.....go straight for it !

Thats the point of this book, you do not find yourself reading it from front to back like other books. It is more about setting out on a lovely walk and at first knowing your way by reading say about, our beloved Sun (that dwarf we think we are comfortable with ! ). From there why not that 'one' thats in the handle of the big dipper / plough ? Later the walk takes us to some very strange places, whilst revisits again and again by choice to the same pages are inevitable.

Each of the 101 stars has a dedicated double page. The right page has 2 columns of written information that takes no more than 4 or 5 minutes to read. The left page has the image/s and essential statistics along with unique characteristics for quick comparison and reference. The visual part varies from star to star and in rare cases includes the direct imaging of the stars surface. In the majority of cases very carefully chosen sources specific to the star are selected, many I admit to only seeing here. No doubt some would only grace the pages of archived journals away from most of us, which is a shame because the obscurity of the image with the description intrigues. Across the entire text all the included 101 star names are bold typed every mention, so the details between entries cross at given points. These cross roads in the readers journey through the book offer reasons to read about 'that one' next.

A lovely touch to the books outer design, first, take the dust cover off. The front shows a 10 x 10 grid of thumbnail (small) versions of all the images within, turn to the back and you are presented with the same 10 x 10 grid but instead the names of all the stars from A-Z to match the thumbnails !

Personally there is nothing to dislike about this book. James B. Kaler has done a brilliant job at making the process of exploring the sky by informing ourself in a gentle and rewarding way look very easy indeed, a tall order normally when dealing with subject matter such as this.
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The Hundred Greatest Stars by James B. Kaler (Hardcover - 19 Jun 2002)
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