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Re: dinosaur books

It also depends what you're looking for.  I happen to like Don Glut's new
book a lot because it's very informative and all that but it's also in
ALPHABETICAL ORDER by animal which makes it much easier and direct to look
up particular critters than any of the other books.  If you want to know
something about a dinosaur but don't know what family it's in or when it
lived, and don't want to discover an index with multiple pages listed,
Don's book is very good!  I also like the others, so I'm not coming down
heavily in favor of this or that, but to me the organization of material in
the others is not very straightforward. BUT it's also the most expensive,
so beware!

> From: Toby White <augwhite@neosoft.com>
> To: jvrussell@xtra.co.nz
> Cc: dinosaur@usc.edu
> Subject: Re: dinosaur books
> Date: Friday, January 02, 1998 8:50 PM
> >It seems everyone so far thinks "The Complete Dinosaur" is very good.
> >How would folks compare it to "Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs" ed's Philip
> >Currie & Kevin Padian (Academic Press)? If you were only to buy one -
> >which one? I haven't seen either as yet (take a while to get to New
> >Zealand) so would value some comparisions before ordering one (or both!)
> >Thanks in advance,
> >J.V.Russell
> The Encyclopedia was, according to its Introduction, intended to
> and perhaps to update, Weishampel, Dodson & Osmolska's The Dinosauria. 
> idea was apparently to give a quick background on any relevant
> topic to people with the time and resources to flesh out any given
> in the literature.  It has no particular organization, except a
> whimsical) alphabetic organization.  The Complete is more for the rest of
> who are clueless in large areas of the field, and can't get to the
> very often.  It can be read cover-to-cover, as well as being useful as a
> mid-level reference.  The Encyclopedia is less useful in that respect
> it doesn't try to give an organized development of the field.  
> The Complete is also about half the price of the Encyclopedia -- a
> non-trivial matter, since the Encyclopedia comes with a sticker
> to raise all but the most jaded eyebrows.   Indeed, the major problem
> the Encyclopedia may be that some of us, in order to secure the necessary
> funds, have been required to make spousal promises which are
> impossible, morally questionable, or simply fraudulent ...
>   --Toby White