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5.0 out of 5 starsGreat for readers. More in depth and informative, less illustration.
Reviewed in Canada on January 24, 2020
Lots of detail... more for the 'reader' less for a casual 'almanac story' enthusiast. Reads like a continuous novel versus many "quick tip" nature books. Would do well with some added illustrations... but VERY informative!
This is British. Not as helpful for Canada and Britain. However, I was able to get some things out of it. Had I known it was British, I probably would not have purchased. What little I can apply to Canada is not worth the price of the book. Not going to return it though as it is interesting . . . and one never knows when a trip to Britain comes up! lol
It wasn't what I expected, I thought the book was going to be more in easy to read tips and other information on Reading Nature's signs. I wasn't expecting to read about the author's life experiences. I found it to be boring.
Well, it's not bad, but it's just not interesting, considering how exciting can the subject matter be... The narrative is very choppy, and hard to follow - it's like a recording of an old guy telling everything he learned over the years in one 10 hour session non-stop. There are interesting bits and pieces, but at some point you just stop caring and zone out. The way it's organized makes it very hard to find anything, so doesn't work as a reference book either. Lack of vivid colour illustrations in a book which talks a lot about noticing things in nature is counterproductive...
Really wanted to like it, but it's just not that good. Would be way better with quarter of information, but better organized and illustrated.
Not a very good book.. Some guys comments as he meandered about.. Information he shares appears to be based heavily on the the Bibliography list which is very long..... I have 31 years of Backpacking and over 30,000 miles of trail traveling... I would not recommend this book..
COMPRE 2, UNA SIRVIO Y LA OTRA NO, NUNCA PUDE DEVOLVERLAS PUES EL TERMINO PARA HACERLO ES MUY CORTO, LA CAMARA LLEGO Y SOLO TUVE 1 MES PARA PROBAR Y COMO NO ESTABA EN EL PAIS CUANDO LAS PROBE YA NO HUBO OCASION DE DEVOLVER UNA DE ELLAS. NUNCA FUNCIONO. LA OTRA SI PERO NUNCA PUDE PONER EL RELOJ. NO ES AMIGABLE.
In the first chapter, "Getting Started", Gooley writes about atmospheric inversions and the effects that arise from them. He mentions refraction of light causing distortion of the sun at sunset, "Fata Morgana", and “tropospheric ducting”. Suspiciously, all these topics are discussed in the same order in the Wikipedia article on atmospheric inversion. Maybe a coincidence, but my suspicion that this book lacks authority was not dispelled by further reading. The book reflects no formal training of the author in ecology or other fields of science. It is a fairly superficial treatment of most topics, most of the “clues” are trivial and should not be generalized, while the writing is tedious and often marked by pedantry. This more a random collection of trivia than an organized, useful set of guidelines. A knowledgeable author would not make mistakes like claiming that algae absorb carbon monoxide.