Archive for February, 2012
The Book of Exploration. A Review
The Book of Exploration / by Ray Howgego (Bloomsbury, 2009) Hardcover, 360 p. ISBN 9781608190591
The Book of Exploration presents a selection of material from author Ray Howgego’s four-volume Encyclopedia of Exploration, probably the longest work in the English language by a single, unaided author. This shorter extract describes what Howgego considers the 150 greatest expeditions ever made, beginning with the first explorer known to history (the ancient Egyptian Harkhug) to Wally Herbert’s crossing of the Arctic in 1968.
Howgego disdains celebrities like failed Antarctic explorer Robert Falcon Scott, whom he dismisses as “a nobody plucked from obscurity who hated the cold.” He relishes explorers who finished their projects successfully, without fanfare, and made genuine contributions to human knowledge.
The Sorceress by Michael Scott – Book Review
The Sorceress by Michael Scott is another science fiction novel from the Irish author. If you’re a fan of the whole science fiction thing and if you’re amazed at that kind of stuff, you’ll probably enjoy this book by Michael Scott. But if you’re wondering who the heck is Michael Scott that you should even bother to look his name up and read his book, apparently he’s done a lot of writing in the past decades.
Michael Scott, based on the number of novels and short stories he had written, is a prolific writer. And his genres are very wide, ranging from science fiction to horror to fantasy for young-adults to folklore. His first published works were the result of traveling for years in many parts of Ireland.