“Did he say repugnatorial gland? What a wealth of information Gordon Grice is, and what a fine, beguiling writer. This book is a must for anyone even remotely thinking of getting a monkey, a sea lion, or, heaven forbid, a dog.” — David Sedaris
“When it comes to the most deadly animals on the planet it is best to be prepared! Forewarned is forearmed!” — Bear Grylls, host of Man vs. Wild
“I read with my dog in my lap and my heart in my throat. It’s a wonderful, slightly terrifying, utterly captivating encounter with the animal world—not quite like anything I’ve ever read before.” — Elizabeth Gilbert
“A fresh, strange, and wonderful new voice in American nature writing.” — Michael Pollan
“Gordon Grice writes about animals with a wit that relies on tone of voice, his ironically exact diction and an instinct for analogy … he has a scholar’s precision and a fourth-grader’s enthusiasm.” — Michael Sims, The Washington Post
“To weave the facts so artistically together as Mr. Grice has done takes considerable talent and a keenly felt interest.” — Meredith Greene, San Francisco Book Review
“Grice tempers his book with grim humor, a genuine enthusiasm for the subject, and fascinating trivia (Herman Melville’s Moby Dick was based on an actual whale named Mocha Dick that terrorized the South Pacific). A gifted writer, Grice’s relentlessly detailed descriptions of the effects of spider and snake bites, as well as the outcome of tangling with pencil catfish or alligators, may make this rough going for the easily squeamish, but those with a fascination for wildlife will find this an informative and dramatic study.” — Publishers Weekly
“Taps nicely into our enduring, awed fascination with nature’s predators and the popularity of TV shows such as The Crocodile Hunter. . . . Grice has been dubbed ‘the Stephen King of nature writers.'” — The Bookseller
Gordon Grice has written for The New Yorker, Harper's Magazine, Discover, and Granta. His first book, The Red Hourglass: Lives of the Predators, won a Whiting Writers' Award and was named one of the Best Books of the Year by the Los Angeles Times and the New York Public Library. He lives in Wisconsin.
Satisfactory in whetting my appetite for more material in the same subject. He covered a lot of ground in this book and not so much detail.Published 7 months ago by William R. Jones
This book is not a novel and really has no flow to it, but instead is broken up into sections about different kinds of animals ranging from sharks to insects to wild cats. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Alex Madden
You have no idea how many times this book will come up in conversation. There are so many examples of how NOT to interact with animals that you just have to share them. Read morePublished on August 22, 2013 by Harold L. Jennings Jr.
It was almost impossible to put down once I opened it.
For a fairly short book, its quite full of grusome tales of animal mayhem inflicted upon humans. Read more