Collection of unusual, dramatic and revealing writings about insects ranging through history from biblical times to today. Each selection is introduced and annotated with anecdotes and information about the writer and subject of the piece....
|Title||:||Insect Lives: Stories of Mystery and Romance from a Hidden World|
|Number of Pages||:||368 Pages|
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Insect Lives: Stories of Mystery and Romance from a Hidden World Reviews
I really like the theme of this book. Insect Lives is basically a collection of excerpted writings and pictures all centering around insects. We have journals from scientists, screenplays, comics, poems, scientific papers, letters...The authors admit a slant towards the social insects in the material presented. The social insects are my favorite, so no problem there. I wish there was more of a balance in the material presented though. This selection was certainly composed the most of scientific papers and yet the negative, repulsion side of insects didn't really seem to be covered near as much. It was probably just me, but the comics had such tiny fonts I think I was only able to read one of them.As with any type of anthology work some things will be a miss, but I enjoyed most of the selections from this book. The selections, despite averaging around 3-4 pages each, flowed very nicely. Each selection had an introduction providing background information about the author(s) and each chapter also had a nice little introduction.Insects are amazing and have occupied the Earth a lot longer than we have. They are extremely diverse and highly adapted to their environment. I've yet to find anything dull in the realm of insects. I'd recommend this book for those curious about insects with a slant towards literature and art.
This was a very strange book, namely a collection of excerpts from nature writers on various insects. (No spiders though because they're arachnids and therefore too cool for this collection.) If you REALLY like bugs, I recommend reading it because there are some neat pieces that will entertain you and others that will make you gasp in awe. There is a huge bias towards ants, bees, and butterflies, but neat excerpts about balloon flies, earwigs, and mites too. (The squeamish should skip the section on culinary uses for insects.) Most of the excerpts are light reading but some are VERY scientific, which I found distracting when combined with the other selections. Overall, a great book if you want to learn random facts and impressions about insects or get an idea of what nature writing is like.
This is a wide-ranging collection of short essays about insects. Quite a lot of it falls into into the type of nature writing that most bores me - trite observations all dressed up with poetic ambitions of mostly poor quality, offered by people who think staring into a garden is the same as peering into their soul. But there were a few in there that genuinely interested me, and quite a lot of them where I learned something. I was particularly enamored of the story of the pet mud dauber. So I can't entirely dislike it, though it seems most suited to people who enjoy nature writing and want a collection of very short essays to read at random intervals.
All your favorite entomologists of history and the modern day wax creepy about the weirdest insect behavior they're comfortable writing about.Past the very detailed explanations of for instance, those mites that will only go into a moth's ear if the other ear is unoccupied, there's much more on group behavior - at what point does a colony of non-self sufficient, non-reproducing ants stop becoming many individuals, and behave identically to a collective organism?
Love it, but I have such trouble getting through collections/books of snippets like this. To be fair, I have trouble getting through plenty of other books too. But that's my excuse this time, and I'm sticking to it! I expect to get back to this ... maybe if I were to implement a poem/short story/essay bit to my night-time reading.
Fun read for those who enjoy nature. Each writer has their own voice and their own take on the insect world. I read this book as I had met the man who writes about mites that live in the ears of moths -- Asher Treat. To learn of another's passion can open one up to a new perspective.
not yet read..
An amazingly rich source of good writing and interesting observations.