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Life: Extraordinary Animals, Extreme Behaviour Hardcover – March 1, 2010
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I like to read books cover-to-cover, and for this purpose I would probably give it 3 stars (admittedly many people probably wouldn't buy the book with this objective). For one thing, because it's topic is 'life', a rather broad topic by any stretch (or as it is more covered in this book 'life that has unusual approaches to procreation or fighting/survival') it can't cover anything in depth and each essay is really more a stand-alone piece loosely connected together rather than a single narrative. Also, and this might not sound like a big deal, but if you plan to read it for any length of time believe me it is, the book is very large and very heavy with small font. That makes for fantastic photos as I mentioned above, but there was just no comfortable way to read it for any length of time. The best I was able to come up with was having it on a table and sitting at a desk like a student. Not my favorite way to read for enjoyment!
So, I recommend the book with the caveat that I recommend it to be enjoyed over the long term. Look at the pictures. Read an interesting essay or two and come back to it periodically rather than read through it like a novel.
As anyone who has seen the BBC documentary Life (narrated by David Attenborough) [Blu-ray] can attest, the imagery is stunning, and that holds true in the book. Featuring a mix of shots, from "portraits" to action to landscape, they are all amazing. In addition, the print quality is excellent, unlike some other books I've seen.
The book is divided into chapters along the same lines as the DVD. In my opinion, it is the narrative that sets Life apart from other similar books. Incredibly informative, it balances on that delicate line between too simple and overwhelming. Each chapter begins with smaller photos and a few pages of information, often a summary of the narrative from the film, (the version narrated by David Attenborough, not Oprah). Each of the larger photos in the chapter are then accompanied by a short paragraph explaining the who, what, where, and why. Finally, the index is particularly useful in finding specific photos because the organization is based more on behavior than animal type.
Anyone interested in nature, animals, or photography will enjoy this book.
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World life's collection . Just to ease your eyes or stress.
All devided and explained about, good for Mid to Early Thirties people
This volume is full of beautiful photographs and amazing information about some lesser known species and their bizarre behavior and/or characteristics.Published on February 10, 2013 by Alec Schrader