Book review: Birds of North America by Tom Wood, Sheri Williamson and Jeffrey Glassberg
This gorgeous new book, approved by the American Bird Conservancy, offers very general introductory ideas and identifications. It is not thorough in any area, nor does it give complete listings or maps.
Jack the Ripper had nothing on Joseph Vacher, a good-looking soldier from rural France. In the 1890's, forensic science was just getting started. Fingerprints had not yet been accepted as the unique id method. There was no FBI--not until 1905. Fictional character Sherlock Holmes was already famous, although dead at Reichenbach Falls. The famed forensic scientist Alexandre Lacassagne of the university in Lyons, France, had found that individual bullets could be linked to the originating guns.
Traveling from prehistory to early America right on to tomorrow, Wendy Williams tracks the squid and octopus in her book Kraken. Fodder for great excitement and debate in the 1800's, squid have become once again a hot item, although mostly in the medical and scientific communities.
Cold magic, the first entry in a new science fiction series, the Spiritwalker Trilogy, is a sure winner. Elliott, with inspiration from her teenaged kids, has created what she labels an "Afro-Celtic post-Roman icepunk Regency novel with airships, Phoenician spies, and the intelligent descendants of troodons." Yes, it's a mashup! And a truly original and imaginative one. Cold magic is subtitled "when science and magic collide--it is the i