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Courting the Wild: Love Affairs with Reptiles and Amphibians

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ISBN-13: 978-0979924651
ISBN-10: 0979924650
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  • Paperback: 214 pages
  • Publisher: Hiraeth Press (May 5, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979924650
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979924651
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #901,984 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Robert H. Ottens on February 1, 2010
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This book was a Christmas gift that was received very positively by the giftee. The giftee is a herpetologist who has enjoyed the short stories from different authors who have recounted their introductory adventures with reptiles and amphibians that served as launching pads for their careers and love of nature. The giftee felt the stories were well chosen and the book overall was well put together.
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For full disclosure, I would like to point out that I was asked to be a potential contributor to this collection of essays. Due to time constraints, I was unable to do so. Now, after reading this book, I regret not being part of such a fine piece of herpetological literature.

Many of the book's chapter authors are well known in the world of herpetology, but until this book was published, few knew the spark that ignited their passions for a life of working with these creatures. I found myself looking forward to each new chapter to learn the origins of each author's life journey with reptiles and amphibians.

This book is a great read for most any nature lover, but a must read for anyone looking for inspiration. Talk about the perfect gift for a college bound nature lover!

Lastly, I would like to address the comment in another review that this book has a "preachy" conservation angle. To that I would like to point out that each chapter author was asked to write freely, but for sake of continuity (which is a good editing practice), the authors were also asked to touch on a few different subjects. One of these topics was conservation. This topic is a small part of the book, but anyone feeling that its inclusion is "preachy" has obviously not been paying attention to what is happening in the world. "Charismatic mega-fauna" such as tigers and elephants have many people beating the drum to protect them (and deservedly so), but the world's slimy and scaled creatures need all of the help they can get. This wonderful little book may well inspire some much needed newcomers to the world of herpetological conservation.
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As a well read Biology teacher who `s first passion is herps I looked forward to this book as compilations can be a wonderful read and as I started the book I felt I was in for just such a book. I soon found my self-disappointed however. You see the book is a series of essays from noted herp lovers everywhere whom explain why and how they fell in love with our Reptile & amphibian friends. This part of each essay is fine though many are to short to really develop the character of the person involved. But then in what seems like essay after essay the person launches in to a save the vanishing world speech which would be fine if there were a few in the book but it seams as if you are reading the same eco speech every three pages and after a while I would hit the end of the persons herp story and just skip the speech.Toward the latter part of the book this tapers off a bit but the damage has been done, Far to redundant for my taste and therefore an important issue looses impact through over use. This is totally the fault of poor editorship not the people telling their story as I am sure none of them knew the others would all have a save the herp world speech at the end of their story I would advise the herp lovers of the world to go borrow it from the Library and then if you really must have a copy in your personal library then order it. I would have been far happier reading twenty to thirty other herp titles on my shelf (Added July 14 2011) Above they commented that our herp friends need the support of the Eco essays at the end of each story and that there is not to much of it as they need all the help they can get. I have no problem with the essays except that in many cases they are very similar so you feel that you have already read that.Read more ›
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I love these "Counting the Wild" books by Jamie Reaser. Her passion for the wildlife that she writes about shines through, in a way that transcends both biology and poetry. Five stars.
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