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review 2019-01-03 06:44
Still Waters by Curt Stager
Still Waters: The Secret World of Lakes - Curt Stager

TITLE:  Still Waters:  The Secret World of Lakes


AUTHOR:  Curt Stager




FORMAT:  Hardcover


ISBN-13:  9780393292169




More than a century and a half have passed since Walden was first published, and the world is now a very different place. Lakes are changing rapidly, not because we are separate from nature but because we are so much a part of it. While many of our effects on the natural world today are new, from climate change to nuclear fallout, our connections to it are ancient, as core samples from lake beds reveal. In Still Waters, Curt Stager introduces us to the secret worlds hidden beneath the surfaces of our most remarkable lakes, leading us on a journey from the pristine waters of the Adirondack Mountains to the wilds of Siberia, from Thoreau’s cherished pond to the Sea of Galilee.

Through decades of firsthand investigations, Stager examines the significance of our impacts on some of the world’s most iconic inland waters. Along the way he discovers the stories these lakes contain about us, including our loftiest philosophical ambitions and our deepest myths. For him, lakes are not only mirrors reflecting our place in the natural world but also windows into our history, culture, and the primal connections we share with all life.

Beautifully observed and eloquently written, Stager’s narrative is filled with strange and enchanting details about these submerged worlds—diving insects chirping underwater like crickets, African crater lakes that explode, and the growing threats to some of our most precious bodies of water. Modern science has demonstrated that humanity is an integral part of nature on this planet, so intertwined with it that we have also become an increasingly powerful force of nature in our own right. Still Waters reminds us how beautiful, complex, and vulnerable our lakes are, and how, more than ever, it is essential to protect them.



In "Still Waters:  The Secret World of Lakes", the world of lakes still remains a secret while the authors field trips to various lakes does not.  There were simply too many biographical anecdotes and too little information on lakes in general.  The author focuses on a handful of lakes to discuss various concepts in the most rudimentary manner.  The language is beautiful but I wanted to know more about lakes and less about Stager.



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text 2018-08-11 17:15
Damn you, publishing industry!
The Secret World: A History of Intelligence - Christopher M. Andrew

There are times when I just want the publishing industry to take a year off so I can get caught up on my reading backlog. It's a sentiment that I felt again when I read about Christopher Andrew's new book. How am I expected to make progress in my TBR pile when they keep publishing books like this?

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review 2018-07-04 17:36
The Secret World of Arrietty (Film Comic), Vol. 2 - Hiromasa Yonebayashi
For more reviews, check out my blog: Craft-Cycle

The second volume finishes up the story of Arrietty. Since this was taken directly from the movie, I knew what was going to happen, but I still enjoyed reading it. It is nice to see stills of the artwork from the movie, especially the scenery. Beautiful.

This book is just stills taken from the movie with words added. As with the first book, sometimes this is a bit awkward (adding HUFF to every climbing/running/moving scene), but for the most part it is a good read. 

An interesting book, especially for fans of Miyazaki's work and those interested in the movies he helped make. 
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review 2018-06-30 14:12
The Secret World of Arrietty (Film Comic), Vol. 1 - Hiromasa Yonebayashi,Hayao Miyazaki
For more reviews, check out my blog: Craft-Cycle

This is a good comic adaptation of the first half of the film, The Secret World of Arrietty. The book consists of stills taken from the movie with action words/sounds and speech bubbles added. 

This is a good book to read if you want to really look at the artwork of the movie. The stills make it perfect for examining the details of the artwork and scenery. 

There are a few moments that definitely work better in the film rather than in written format. Many of the walking/climbing/moving sequences aren't really that interesting in a comic format. The small details of a character turning his/her head is a nice touch in a film, but a bit boring in a book. Also, the action words added ("Glance") seem a little silly at times. Same with the sound words. There is only so many times I can read the word "huff" without getting a little bored. 

Overall a good book, especially for fans of the movie or those who want a sneak peak before watching it. Also, you should watch it, because it is magical. 
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text 2018-06-18 22:02
Reading progress update: I've read 28 out of 416 pages.
Done: The Secret Deals That Are Changing Our World - Jacques Peretti

The psychological contagion cash carries is fear of poverty, and this is the true success of the digital revolution-to make us believe cash is synonymous with social inferiority, and using it, even coming into contact with it, could mean contracting the contagion of failure.

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