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Re: CA dino book

Oops! I accidentally sent this to the wrong address and it came
promptly back to me, resending to the list properly now ;)

On 2/8/07, Steve Walsh <steve.w@c-point.com> wrote:
> At 09:24 AM 9/02/2007, you wrote:
> >>I picked up a copy of: Dinosaurs and other mesozoic reptiles of
> >>California by Richard P. Hilton. It was being remaindered for $12.98
> >>(hardbound). Was it worth getting?
> >
> >This question is so bizarre that I'll pose my counter-question in
> >public: Why don't you open the book and start to read in order to
> >see if it was worth getting?
> >
> >I guess it probably was, but I haven't read it, so I don't have an
> >opinion on it, in case you are looking for book reviews even though
> >you have the book itself.
> What is truly bizarre is the discourtesy some feel is appropriate on
> this list. Ian's question seems simple to me. What do others think of
> this book? It's not how I would ask it but I'll defend his right to do so.

Frankly, I like the counter-question. If he was asking what others
think of this book, he should have phrased it better. Native English
speakers might not have been caught off guard by it, but to non-native
speakers, I can understand how the question might seem very strange.
Additionally, different people enjoy different aspects of books (and
other writings), I've never bothered to purchase this book, though I
think I may have skimmed it when I was visiting the NMNH once.

Nick Gardner