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Tears of Mermaids: The Secret Story of Pearls
Tears of Mermaids: The Secret Story of Pearls
by Stephen G. Bloom
Edition: Hardcover
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17 of 24 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Filled with inaccuracies and dull as a doornail, December 5, 2009
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I looked forward to this book, but was disappointed. There were continuous inaccuracies that will be accepted as fact by people who are not pearl experts - a great shame. The book also has plentiful and annoying typos that could have easily been caught with a simple spell-check -- where was the editor? Errors aside, the book was tedious and lacked any kind of forward movement.

The initial charm of the author's love of pearls was soon buried under the weight of his insulting questioning of (and outrageous assumptions about) the most important people in the pearl industry. Especially cringe-worthy were his exchanges with the proud and sensitive Japanese pearlers.

The cover artwork is outstanding, which makes the absence of photographs confusing in a book that covers a global trek.
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A Cat Named Darwin: How a Stray Cat Changed a Man into a Human Being
A Cat Named Darwin: How a Stray Cat Changed a Man into a Human Being
by William Jordan
Edition: Hardcover
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Love Story, May 18, 2006
I found this book by seeing a newspaper item on the speaking engagement/book signing here in my town. I arrived early, purchased the book, then read the first half in the car. I had a hard time stopping to go in for the lecture. What a dear story. The author heroically resisted, but eventually succumbed to love's sweet sickness. I have read this book over and over with pleasure. Sure, he's a flawed being, but his love for Darwin overcame all. If you liked Peter Gether's books about Norton, you'll like this one too. Bravo:)

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