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Certainly More Than You Want to Know About the Fishes of the Pacific Coast Paperback – July 15, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0962872563 ISBN-10: 0962872563 Edition: First

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 672 pages
  • Publisher: Really Big Press; First edition (July 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0962872563
  • ISBN-13: 978-0962872563
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #269,094 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have enjoyed working with Dr. Milton Love for over 40 years. Through his participation in our education programs thousands of students and educators better understand the role of fishes in our coastal ecosystems. Milton Love has created a fascinating new book: Certainly More Than You Want To Know About The Fishes Of The Pacific Coast. It has thorough descriptions of our Pacific Coast fishes, hilarious stories, and elegant photos. When one thinks of wit and wisdom, the names Benjamin Franklin and Winston Churchill may come to mind. But these intellectual heavyweights with a sense of humor have a contemporary peer, at least in the domain of fishes, and it is Dr. Milton Love. Milton has his own unique twist on just about everything, but in the world of fishes his style of communication and depth of knowledge are without peer. I highly recommend Dr. Love's new book and suggest it even if you are not a fish hugger. --Jean-Michel Cousteau, Ocean Futures Society

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Milton Love is a moderately well respected marine biologist at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Ensconced within this ivory tower, well behind the barbican, but still perhaps uncomfortably close to the garderobe, and well away from the sordid little affairs of the Common Folk, Dr. Love conducts research on the fishes of the Pacific Coat. Possessed of an ego that is the size of the lower slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro and the color of that young girl's hair in Rembrandt's The Night Watch, but curiously smells of new-mown hay, this is not a man to cross.

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If you only buy one book to reference from this is it.
Jason Blalock
This is certainly the best book that has ever been published describing the fishes of the Pacific Coast.
Bilz Rock Fish
This is a very detailed book with great pictures and illustrations.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By oakpwr on August 19, 2011
Format: Paperback
Written for the layman, filled with sarcasm and humor and great pictures of local fish, this book is by far the best 20$ or so odd dollars I've ever spent. When I first saw the book I figured it was going to be 80$ it has an odd cover but once you open it up you'll see some fantastic photos riddled with stories and information. I'd highly recommend it to any fish/sportfish lover.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bilz Rock Fish on December 1, 2011
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This is certainly the best book that has ever been published describing the fishes of the Pacific Coast. I've seen a lot of fish books (my wife is a librarian) and nothing comes close to the contents of this tome. The book is packed with lots of astonishing fish facts, great humour, incredible photos, wonderful artwork, and lyrical poetry. Anyone even vaguely interested in fish will love this book. You don't have to be an ichthyologist to appreciate it. Dr. Love's large book has 650 action packed pages and is quite a handfull weighing in at over 4 lbs. And the price is a bargain! Buy it today-- you will not be sorry. submitted by Bilz Rock Fish
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Carmel Finley (finleyc@peak.org) on March 27, 2012
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Chutzpah is not the first word that pops into your head when you think "fishery scientist." But it's a great word to describe Milton S. Love, who is not only a respected fishery scientist, but one who is so audaciously self-aggrandizing that he offers to either autograph or kiss copies of his book. I think it is safe to say there is nobody on par with Love when it comes to shredding, stomping, and stabbing the traditional stereotype of a bloodless scientist.

While the ultimate scientific paper "reads like it was written by a constipated robot," Love's goal is to humanize the science, which he cautions is intentionally written without emotions, which might cloud the interpretation of the data. Love not only humanizes the science, he crosses the boundaries between science and art, throwing in paintings, songs, and poetry, as well as a style that would hold up well in an interview on The Jon Stewart Show. He also wants to provoke emotions in the readers, awe and wonder at the richness and complexity of this underwater world that we know to little about, and an appreciation for species that if we encounter them, it is as a fillet on a plate, cut from an animal that most of us cannot even imagine.

Love grew up in Southern California in the 1950s, a small boy obsessed with catching a lot of brilliantly-colored fish. He turned that fascination into a fisheries science degree that deepened his interest in one particular family of fish, the family known as Sebastes. Briefly put, he thinks they are cool. Along with fellow scientists Mary Yoklavich and Lyman Thorsteinson, Love wrote a book about how cool they are, The Rockfishes of the Pacific Northwest, published by the University of California Press in 2002. Why are they cool? Love and his friends wrote 405 pages explaining why.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By kirk on December 7, 2011
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This book is certainly many things: it is certainly the most comprehensive book on Pacific fishes ever penned, it is certainly a must have for anyone deeply interested in fish, it is certainly a joy for this particular fish-head to read, it is certainly the only major work on fishes that includes detailed biographical information on early biologists, haiku, anecdotage from salty fishermen, paintings, prints and fantastic color photos. In short, it is certainly not more than you want to know about the fishes of the pacific coast, if you, like me, are deeply into fish.

Kirk Lombard
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By smsms on September 5, 2012
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This book's title pretty much tells you the score. It contains certainly more than you want to know about the fishes of the Pacific coast, FOR REALS y'all. If you sport fish, spearfish, or scuba dive frequently off the Pacific Coast you won't regret nabbing this book. OK so no surprises there. What DID surprise me was how many times I laughed out loud during the reading of this book, and how I read it mostly front to back rather than skimming through, despite its length. At the end of it you know a ton more about Pacific coast fishes, and you also leave with the distinct impression that you'd really enjoy having a beer with Milton Love. Maybe over some fish. Before you think maybe I've gone off the deep end (couldn't resist that one) I've had two scuba buddies get it and say basically the same thing. p.s. Milton Love yes this is an invitation to get beers if you ever read your own reviews. First round's on me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Yuri from Portland on January 24, 2012
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I am still reading this book but my enthusiasm for it can be seen in the fact that I have purchased two more copies to give to friends. The price is shockingly low given the size of the book (5 pounds and 648 pages -see page 645 to find
out why it's so long) and quality of the color photographs. Make no mistake, this is a scientific treatise but unlike the handbooks I have for insects, reptiles, flowers, birds, etc., this one is entertaining and holds your attention; you don't just want to pick it up to help identify a particular fish you have seen, you pick it up to also enjoy the humor, the stories, and the insight the author puts on virtually every page.
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This is a wonderful treatment of the fishes of the pacific coast. While some of the humor is a little corny for my taste, it is SO MUCH better than the dry recitation of figures and data in other volumes like this. Also, Love is not one to disguise his feelings about certain subjects and topics that tend to be controversial in the field. This is unusual and refreshing as it gives an idea of how the real science world works. Not everything is as clear cut as it seems and he does not hide that.

My one quibble is that a few pictures could have been better. A very minor thing as they are still enough to ID the fishes in question, you just have to look closely. Also, if you are buying a book like this, lets face it, it's not the only one like this in your collection. Just cross reference if you really want to.
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