[ARC] The Queen’s Shadow: A Story about How Animals See by Cybèle Young

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L’ombra della regina è sparita durante un momento di buio in un temporale, chi sarà il colpevole degli animali presenti alla cena?

Spetta al detective regale, una stopamonda (e su quanto siano sorprendenti questi animali rimando a questo pezzo su The Oatmeal), l’onere di indagare sul mistero: ogni animale aiuterà dicendo cosa ha visto durante il calo di tensione.

Ogni testimonianza è corredata da una spiegazione (testuale e con immagini) del modo (ampiezza, colori, luci e ombre) in cui un animale percepisce lo spazio intorno a sè che mostra come il senso della vista sia funzione dell’ambiente in cui viviamo e sia perfettamente modulato sulle necessità del singolo animale.

E’ un libro molto interessante e ricco di informazioni, non adatto a bambini piccoli che troverebbero alcune spiegazioni piuttosto complesse.

Ringrazio l’editore per avermi fornito la copia necessaria per stendere questa recensione.

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A colorful mantis shrimp

The Queen’s shadow is disappeared during a blackout in a thunderstorm, who is the thief among the animals attending the party?

The mantis shrimp (concerning the awesomeness of this animal I suggest to read this comic from The Oatmeal), the royal detective, has to make light on this mystery: each animal will help by describing what did he see during the blackout.

Each description is paired with an explanation (with text and images) of the way (sight amplitude, lights and shadows, colours) each animal perceive the space around it, and show how the eyesight is functional to the environment and to the need of each species.

It’s a very interesting book, rich in details, maybe not suited for little children who may find the explanation too much complex.

Thanks to the publisher for providing me the copy necessary to write this review.

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The Queen’s Shadow: A Story about How Animals See by Cybèle Young ★★★☆

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[ARC] POV by Chris Brosnahan

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Written in 30 hours within a competition, POV is a sci-fi-like novelette with some hints of mystery.
The main character, a optometrist creator of the IDRoPS technology (Internal Display Retina Operating Systems), has to face the fact that all his old patients are being killed, so he will be under investigation.

The story had excellent premises: the IDRoPS system, installed within the eye, allow to change the appearance of what the uses sees (simplify it allows to see a blue car when in reality the car was red). Unfortunately the development of the story fails the premises, the first half of the story is more engaging and rises different questions about the true nature of the killer and of the IDRoPS system, the second one instead is quite more linear.

Thanks to the publisher for providing me the copy necessary to write this review.

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* POV by Chris Brosnahan ★★★☆☆

*I read this book in English