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Certainly More Than You Want to Know About the Fishes of the Pacific Coast First Edition

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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

About the Author

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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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: 1.5 x 8.2 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 (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #629,698 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By oakpwr on August 19, 2011
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 smsms on September 5, 2012
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bilz Rock Fish on December 1, 2011
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
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
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 C. Dewees on April 13, 2012
My body trembled with excitement as I carried Milton Love's new book from the mailbox. Part of the trembling was due to my eagerness to see what Milton had come up with in this greatly expanded third edition; the rest was due to the 5+ pound weigh of this tome!

I ripped open the package and I was not disappointed. If David Sedaris, Ray Troll, Carl Hiassen, Gary Larson, and Dave Barry had been locked up in a room to produce this book, it might have looked a lot like this. Milton Love, titular head of the "Love Lab" at UC Santa Barbara, systematically discusses all of the major families of saltwater and anadromous fishes of the Pacific Coast. For each species, or group of species, Dr. Love provides information on fish names, basic morphology, life history, fishery, along with numerous fishy factoids and observations.

This reference book is illustrated with hundreds of high quality color underwater photographs. Love supplements the photos with a wide range of fish-related art works to illustrate the range of things artists do to, and with, fishes.

The book is not a fish key. The author provides plenty of references to those who want to access keys or important reference papers and books related to Pacific fishes. A useful glossary helps the non-fish expert with definitions of the key technical terms used.

Even though it is written in lay terms, this is not a book that you sit down with and read through in one sitting. It has way too much too much interesting information and stories to absorb at once. I thought I could read a bit each night in bed before sliding off to "sleep with the fishes". However, it is challenging to hold up a five pound book in bed and I feared a crushed windpipe if I dozed off before setting it aside.
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