Thumbs up for Rabid: A Cultural History of the World’s Most Diabolical Virus by Bill Wasik and Monica Murphy. Medicine/history.
Somewhat uneven—or perhaps it’s just that I found the development of the rabies vaccine a far more riveting story than the section on the folklore of vampires and werewolves, which even the authors acknowledge have only a pretty vague connection with rabies.… >> Read more
Today we got up early so that I could go to a half-day hands-on demonstration at Falconry UK while my mother browsed through Thirsk.
I didn’t take my camera because I didn’t want to haul it around and then discover I wouldn’t have a chance to take photos. ‘Hands-on’ implied to me that I wouldn’t.
And sometimes you just want to DO something without framing it through a viewfinder.… >> Read more
Thumbs up for Togo by Robert J. Blake. Children’s.
I initially picked this up because of the gorgeous illustrations, but then I read to answer a mystery: when I was a kid I read many a dog book, and I well remember the story of the heroic dog who led his team to deliver medicine to save Nome, Alaska. Except that dog’s name was Balto – not Togo.… >> Read more