Day: September 3, 2009

A day late, with this meme. Well, here are the rest of the new words I found, in Search for the Golden Moon Bear:

Ordnance– \”Unexploded ordnance still infects the countryside.\”
Definition: weapons and other military supplies

Epiphyte– \”The trees along the Mekong have epiphytes– ferns, orchids, and sometimes even cactic perch harmlessly on the branches…\”
Definition: a plant that grows on another plant for support but does not take nutrients from it

Echelon– \”No wonder he was still awaiting approval from the upper echelons of the Forest Department to proceed with his reintroduction plans…\”
Definition: a level of power or responsibility

and from Daughters of the Sunstone:

Rapproachement– \”She had made a final rapprochment with herself while she slept.\”
Definition: the re-establishment of friendly relations

Renege– \”Finally, Reyna guessed, she had grown so oppressed by the daily terror of waking and realizing that her challenge still lay ahead that she had simply gone, impulsively, without preparation or ceremony, before she could renege.\”
Definition: to renounce, disown; to fail to carry out a promise or commitment

Abrogate– \”Aberra had gone, abrogating every tradition of a palace daughter\’s leave-taking.\”
Definition: to abolish, do away with, cancel; especially by invested authority

Diffidently– \”The hall monitor approached and spoke diffidently, his wizened face concerned.\”
Definition: timidly, reserved

Impinge– \”Every sensory clue impinged upon her, demanding its brief moment of attention.\”
Definition: to trespass, encroach upon

for more wondrous words, visit Bermudaonion\’s Weblog

Majestic Creatures of the Wild
edited by Ian Stirling

I\’ve been thinking about bears lately. Not only because I\’ve read a few books about different species in the past week, but because they\’ve also been featured in some of the fiction I read. In Reindeer Moon, the primitive people would sometimes find where a bear had denned for the winter, and dig it out for meat. In Daughters of the Sunstone, some of the people on an imaginary planet passed the winter in an induced sleep, to avoid starvation when resources were scarce, as bears do.

In Bears: Majestic Creatures of the Wild, I learned about how bears hibernate, and all kinds of other fascinating things. This is one of those heavy coffe-table type books full of beautiful photos I\’ve had for a long time, enthralled by the pictures, but a bit intimidated by its size for reading. It was actually pretty easy to get through, most of it well-written and interesting. The book has several main sections, written by a variety of scientists. It discusses the evolutionary history of bears (answering a few of my questions about pandas), their biology and behavior. Each of the eight bear species has its own chapter, then there is a part about bears and people, everything from ancient bear myths and fables, to how bears have figured in art, to how bears have been affected by people hunting them, putting them in zoos and circuses, and finally, conservation efforts. This part dated the book somewhat, as it stated that the polar bear is the least threatened of all the bear species. Whereas whenever I think of global warming, the first thing that comes to mind is all those polar bears now facing starvation because the ice caps are melting. The only part of the book I found disappointing were the chapters on bears in mythology, culture and art. The information wasn\’t presented as well, some parts felt choppy, others not unclear. And this was the part I was most curious about! However, if you want an all-around book about bears, this is an excellent choice with many wonderful illustrations.

This book came to me as a library discard, with no cover. So the image shown here is one I put together from my scrap file.

Rating: 3/5 ……. 240 pages, 1993

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