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    Archive: March, 2013

    Giveaway Alert: Awesome Crossley ID book PLUS EXTRAS prize package from Princeton University Press

    Posted on March 9th, 2013 in Books, Giveaway

    Crossley ID Guide: Raptors

    Register for your chance to win a fabulous prize package from Princeton University Press. The package includes signed Crossley Field Guides, Nikon binoculars, a bird feeder and much more. Enter each day now through March 22nd to increase your chances of winning! Learn more and register to win here.

    This prize package sweepstakes giveaway is to celebrate the upcoming book release of The Crossley ID Guide: Raptors. A two-week-long blog tour begins on Monday; be sure to check it out! The blog tour finishes with a live online event with the book’s authors; find details about the live online shindig here.

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    Book Review: City of Ravens

    Posted on March 5th, 2013 in Book Review, Books, Europe

    City of Ravens

    City of Ravens: The Extraordinary History of London, the Tower and its Famous Ravens by Boria Sax. Published 2011. As reviewed and pictured: hardcover, 206 pages.

    Any landmark with as much history as the famous Tower of London should surely have a folklore full of tall tales, exaggerations, and outright lies. In City of Ravens, Boria Sax delves into the convoluted story of a group of “longtime” castle residents: the Tower Ravens.

    Superstition says that there must be at least six Common Ravens in residence at the Tower at all times, else very bad things will happen to Britain (ie crown and country will fall).

    Author Sax explores the true history of the resident birds, from the popular story of their beginnings in the 17th century, to their documented, known first occurrence in the Tower some two hundred plus years later. In the book we learn about the natural history of Common Ravens in the United Kingdom as we follow the metamorphosis of their legendary status at the Tower.

    Though interesting, I thought the language in the book was a bit too academic at times to be a truly enjoyable read all the way through. Some passages were a bit tough to get past, but overall I did like this book. I certainly learned a lot about the famous avian residents of the Tower of London! I give City of Ravens: The Extraordinary History of London, the Tower and its Famous Ravens 3.5 Goldfinches out of 5.

    Disclosure: This is my own original, honest review of City of Ravens, a copy of which was provided to me free of charge by the publisher.

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