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review 2018-03-09 18:31
An Accessible, Beautiful Focus on the Rarest Orchids
Rare and Exotic Orchids: Their Nature and Cultural Significance - Joel L. Schiff

At first glance, Rare and Exotic Orchids: Their Nature and Cultural Significance seems yet another science book discussing the botany and natural history of orchids; but Joel L. Schiff's added focus on their cultural importance and why international communities around the world take special note of orchids adds an extra dimension to the subject.

 

Orchid aficionados will find Rare and Exotic Orchids's different approach eschews the more common attempt to classify and cover thousands of species in favor of a more concentrated profile of selected exotics which represent some of the rarest plants on Earth.

 

An opening history of orchids from ancient to modern times moves into botanical discussions of orchids, those who grew, studied, and wrote about them, and their place in a range of international societies.

 

From discoveries of new exotic orchids and how individual plants captured different hearts and minds to early explorers who ventured into unknown territory in search of new species, Joel L. Schiff brings to life not just the science surrounding orchids, but the human process of recognizing, cataloging, and appreciating them.

 

While science readers will appreciate the wealth of visual illustrations and technical discussions that reveal controversies as well as insights into orchid biology, technical details are juxtaposed with lively debates, discussions, history, and facts that even casual orchid fans or newcomers to the topic will find surprisingly easy to understand.

 

Schiff's high-quality images of exotic orchids (many of which are unique to his orchid book) nicely supplement facts that include the latest DNA research on orchids and their deceptive evolutionary behaviors, nicely complimenting the discussions of historical and scientific conundrums.

 

It's this approach, combined with lovely close-up color photos throughout, which makes Rare and Exotic Orchids a recommendation not just for professionals or botany libraries, but for general-interest readers who will enjoy a highly accessible study that invites an in-depth interest in orchids and their importance to human affairs.

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review 2017-11-06 22:13
The Endless Fart by Beatriz Rare
The Endless Fart - Beatriz Rare

I just have to say this is one of the strangest stories I have ever read. Who would of thought to write a book about Farts of all things. It is a hilarious book. I know a bunch of boys and men and some girls and women who would love this book. 

Ralph is an elephant, he wakes up late for work and hurries. He grabs a LOT of quick and easy food downs it and runs out the door. On the way to work he gets hungry again since he did not eat a full breakfast. He sees a pizza shop and a pizza missing one piece. He buys the pizza and continues on his way to work eating the pizza. Once at work he gets a feeling in his tummy. GAS!!!  

All day his stomach is upset and the fart just keeps going, hard as he tries to hold it in. And the worst part is he finally has a date with Bessie tonight. Bessie is so beautiful and it has taken Ralph years to get the courage up to ask her out. Ralph comes up with a plan to hold in the fart during the date. Hopefully he can make it. 

This book has really fun illustrations. They are vibrant and bright and will pull your attention. That on top of a hilarious story makes this a really fun book for anyone.

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review 2017-06-21 01:58
A Rare Book of Cunning Device (Peter Grant/Rivers of London #5.6) (Audiobook)
A Rare Book of Cunning Device - Ben Aaronovitch,Kobna Holdbrook-Smith,Audible Studios

This is labeled as #5.6 in the series but since it's not tied into any ongoing storylines or plots, it could be read out of order. It's a very quick, short read of a case in a library with a strange book. Nothing much here, but fun.

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review 2017-05-02 02:28
A Fun & Very Short Peter Grant story
A Rare Book of Cunning Device - Ben Aaronovitch,Kobna Holdbrook-Smith,Audible Studios

This is an audio-only release (for now anyway) about Peter (and Toby) go looking for a poltergeist in the stacks of the basements of The British Library. Harold Postmartin was hanging out at the Folly when Peter got the case, and wouldn't let him shrug it off for awhile, so he got to do a little field-work, too.

 

It was fun to see Postmartin in action and learn a bit more about him. Peter and Toby were their usual entertaining selves. The Librarian (who's name I can't remember, sorry), was fun -- the tie-in with Peter's family was, nice too. The Library (in both fact-based and clearly UF ways) was an interesting place, and I can easily see the need for Peter to return there on another case.

 

Holdbrook-Smith is just fun to listen to, if I heard another couple of books in this series, I'd probably hear him in my head for any future Peter Grant/Rivers of London books. Top-notch stuff there.

 

I gripe too much about short stories being to short, so I'll try not to here. This was a complete story, but it very easily could've gone on -- in fact when the file ended, I pretty much thought that my headphones ran out of juice. It was good enough to satisfy, but not so good that I can't grumble about it being short. This was fun, and though I'm not sure how giving a story away works to earn money for a library charity, I'll trust that it does some how and hope that it meets with plenty of success.

Source: irresponsiblereader.com/2017/05/01/a-rare-book-of-cunning-device-audiobook-by-ben-aaronovitch-kobna-holdbrook-smith
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review 2017-04-19 18:47
Murder At the Barbeue, Liz Turner
COZY MYSTERY: Murder At The Barbecue: A Rare Catch Cozy Mystery (Book 2) - Liz Turner

This was an enjoyable cozy mystery, in a no frills sort of way. I received this book for free and I voluntarily chose to review it. I gave it a 4 * rating.I like the heroine, who seems to like to solve mysteries but slow on the uptake in the romance department. She also has a puppy who seems to be in the middle of the investigations. This was pretty lighthearted as far as murder mysteries goes.

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