Monday, May 13, 2013

A Bird Guide Farce

A Field Guide To Little-Known & Seldom-Seen Birds
By Ben Sill & Cathryn Sill
ISBN-13: 978-1561457281
Publisher: Peachtree Publishers
Softcover (112 pages)

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Book blurb

Birders and just about anyone who likes birds will delight in this field guide parody. Thirty-two fabulous new species are depicted in this volume, which features tongue-in-cheek descriptions, observation hints, and range maps, as well as remarkable full-color illustrations. The reader will never look at our feathered friends in the same way after encountering these frequent flyers.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley for the purpose of review. The review is my honest opinion and I was not paid for this service.

A Field Guide To Little-Known & Seldom-Seen Birds of North America appears to be a very informative field guide.  However, upon reading the descriptions beneath each bird it dawns on you that the bird they're describing simply does not exist. For example, the Military Warbler. Really a bird that evolved as a mutant after early nuclear tests, which is commonly found on high-security military bases. Preposterous. I liked how the authors created color photos of what the described birds would look like if they were real.

Some of the information seems so real that it is plausible that the information is realistic to the point that you have to read it again. I'm not sure what the point behind the book was other than to make you laugh. As I have never read anything by this author before, I thought that this was a real bird guide and not a farce of one.  So, I was a little disappointed on that aspect, but other than that I found the book to be amusing.

I gave the book 4 stars out of a total of 5.

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