Book Review # 39


Authors: Peter Menkhorst, Danny Rogers, Rohan Clarke, Jeff Davies, Peter Marsack and Kim Franklin


“This bird guide is a straight forward book carefully planned with one thing in mind: Help the enthusiast birder or professional ornithologist, photographer, identify the species  and obtain clear and precise information pertinent to 900 species.

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The  560 pages guide has been artist illustrated in high quality accuracy with detail and color for each of the species.

The authors have been smartly thorough to create a no nonsense guide to answer the problematic confusion that other guides incur when adding to much extra unnecessary information about the species. After all, guides are not text books to study, they are rather tools to help identify species in the most efficient way possible.”

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H.J. Ruiz – – May 29th, 2017

Publisher: Princeton University Press on June 14th, 2017


Odds and Ends

Philip Marlowe’s… Photo Noir?

Philip Marlowe is the quintessential hardboiled detective of American noir, and Humphrey Bogart, who played the hard-drinking and quick-witted gumshoe in “The Big Sleep,” is the quintessential Philip Marlowe. But beyond Bogart, the character of Marlowe continues on, collecting many interpretations and portrayals along the way.

Created by crime fiction writer Raymond Chandler, Philip Marlowe is a product of the pulp magazines of the 1930s. Chandler, who became a professional writer late in his life, developed his style by penning short stories for publications like Black Mask and Detective Fiction Weekly. The more and more he wrote stories for the pulps, the more and more a singular character evolved from the work: a tough private investigator with a stoic demeanor, a sharp tongue, a taste for liquor, and deep inner moral compass to keep him from losing his cool or falling for femme fatales.

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