The Cloudspotter's Guide Hardcover – 24 Apr 2006
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'A lovely book, the sort that everybody should have in the car or on the kitchen windowsill' (Daily Telegraph)
'His style is genial, his enthusiasm uplifting and his book nothing less than a subtle but glorious mantra for a way of life.' (Metro)
'Read this eye-opening and amusingly written book and you will realise that beautiful as they are clouds are not just put there for decoration, they are truly awesome things.' (Daily Mail)
'Eloquent and engaging...Beautiful illustrations, photos and diagrams throughout, which show how spectacular the sights can be for the ardent cloudspotter.' (Financial Times)
A wonderfully enjoyable and eccentric journey through our cloudscape, drawing on science, art, literature and personal obsession.See all Product Description
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There is a small colour section and I would have liked to have seen the other pictures reproduced in colour also rather than in monochrome which has sometimes come out as rather flattish and lacking contrast.
That said, it's an intelligently written guide not only to the types and appearances of clouds but also to the whys and wherefores of how each type forms and what it signifies in climatic terms. Although quite scientific in places it is also filled with lighter comments and observations.
It's entirely possible to appreciate the beauty of clouds without knowing anything about the processes behind their formation but I would recommend the book to any thinking reader who wishes to be informed in better depth about what they see in the sky and why it's there.
I used to admire the sky but only usually as a passenger on a train or in a car, or while sitting at the park watching my son on the swings and even then only half-heartedly. Now I am transfixed by the movements up there. The sky is truly spectacular. Why didn't I realise this before? Now I need to stop myself from gazing heavenwards while driving my car.
My only criticism of the book would be that the last chapter about the Morning Glory cloud doesn't seem to flow with the rest of the book probably because it was originally a separate article.
I loved the idea of taking a test after reading the book (placed in the middle pages). I didn't do too well though as my Latin spelling is appalling.
That said this book was lacking just one thing I was hoping there would be more of; I was hoping for more beautiful big color pictures of clouds. There were only a few pages that actually had color pictures of clouds and they were very small. But from reading the credits closely in this book on one of the more amazing small pictures, I did find out about another book, that is the most beautiful book I have ever seen! The book is RECOGNIZE from the photographer from Glen E. Friedman, it is a must have for any cloud spotter and cloud lover. RECOGNIZE gives me exactly what The Cloud Spotters Guide did not, phenomenal huge beautiful pictures of clouds, and nothing else, (other than a short politically charged introduction and afterward about the photographers career). RECOGNIZE is about the beautiful clouds, printed on 16" wide x almost 12" tall pages. These "skyscapes" which are artistic masterpieces in their own-right, are breathtaking and the perfect companion to The Cloud Spotter Guide if you were looking for great photographs of clouds.
If it's only pictures you were looking for then RECOGNIZE is clearly the book for you.
I recommend both of these fantastic books for the true cloud lovers and members of the Cloud Appreciation Society.
My Dad was a Meteorologist, so I had a head start with more background knowledge than most other readers picking up the book for the first time, and possibly I also had an extra bias into wanting to know more. But within a few days of its arrival here in 2006 my youngest had appropriated it, and I didn't see it again until a week ago when visiting them for Christmas. So now I have finally managed to finish the book I began almost ten years ago. It was worth the wait.
The text is the main part of the book and the illustrations are only there to support it, but then if it was full of photos I think it could have become boring, especially as I wanted to know more about where and when and why the cloud formations might happen, and the author takes us around the word to show us. The book helps to tie together deep memories (like lying on the little beach in Puerto de Andratx forty-odd years ago and wondering why the solitary wisp of cloud shading us only ever sat just above the cliff and would not go away) and explains why scientifically without drowning us in technical terms.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Gave to my brother as he likes clouds too and I didn't know what to get him. Good, interesting book.Published 6 months ago by L. V. Andrews
This book is a very good interesting read and makes me want to find out more about the sky and clouds.Published 9 months ago by bob
A light hearted, funny book with lots of science thrown in. The author's love of clouds really comes through and is supported by interesting cloud based stories.Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
An absolutely fantastic book. Very informative, and comically entertaining at the same time. I'm now the awe of my family, with all my knowledge ;-)Published 18 months ago by Del Wales
Informative, funny - really good. My young grandsons love it too. Corresponds very well to my decades-old desire to understand the sky over our heads.Published 19 months ago by Helen Cox