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Hutton's Arse: 3 Billion Years of Extraordinary Geology in Scotland's Northern Highlands Paperback – 12 Aug 2005
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"Hutton's Arse" is a science book that describes modern geological science and illustrates theories using spectacular locations across the Northern Highlands of Scotland.
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Well done, Malcolm Rider. Your book is a gem.
This books covers, in some depth, some of the complexities of modern geology as applied to northwest Scotland with both passion and some humour.
It made me want to revisit the areas described and to see the details that I had missed, indeed the book should be sponsored by the Scottish Tourist Board!
Some of the detailed science may be difficult for some readers but that is why hard won understanding is so satisfying.
The title may only be understood by those (rare) individuals who have travelled the highlands on horseback and more commonly by those on bicycles.
I see the two books as complementary. Together they are inspirational in motivating the reader (book in hand, camera around neck, and damn the rain)to get out there, and see for him or herself. And, yes, I've made a start and there's a long way to go, but there are far worse ways of spending time!
Why not 5 stars? Well, mixed in with the excellent geological material are the author's completely off-topic rants, complaints and petty grievences about everything from wind-farms and fishing to Saddam Hussain. Better the author reserved this material for disussions in the pub, or the letters column of his local newspaper.
His humorous asides may irritate some; I found some amusing, some annoying.
The author should sack his proof-reader (knappes, acritachs, Malaig); the book is also let down by poor editing (one or two paragraphs just don't make sense), and would benefit from better/larger maps and diagrams. Also the diagrams, mostly sourced from elsewhere, are not properly referenced, and the index is a bit perfunctory.