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Deadly Kingdom: The Book of Dangerous Animals Hardcover – May 18, 2010


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: The Dial Press; 1 edition (May 18, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385335628
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385335621
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 6.6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,072,931 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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“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
 
“A wonderful, slightly terrifying, utterly captivating encounter with the animal world—not quite like anything I’ve ever read before.”—Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love and Committed
 
Deadly Kingdom is an engagingly original field guide to the venomous, the sharp-clawed, the infectious, and the downright predatory. It’s a witty, fascinating, and playfully macabre read.” – David Baron, author of The Beast in the Garden
 
Deadly Kingdom  is sometimes gory, always gorgeous, and really great.  Gordon Grice is a warm and funny guide, his fingers always on the facts.  There are amazing stories here, fascinating people and places, but above all, there are the animals we thought we knew, and the ones we’ve never heard of: hagfish, guinea worms, eyelash vipers, blister beetles.  You’ll never go barefoot in the barnyard again.” – Bill Roorbach, author of Temple Stream: A Rural Odyssey
 
Deadly Kingdom makes it clear that you are not on top of the food chain.” – Pamela Nagami, M.D., author of Bitten: True Medical Stories of Bites and Stings

About the Author

Gordon Grice has written for The New Yorker, Harper’s, Discover, Granta, and other magazines. His first book, The Red Hourglass, was named one of the Best Books of the Year by the Los Angeles Times and the New York Public Library. His work has been anthologized in The Best American Essays. He lives with his family in Wisconsin.

More About the Author

I love to write about nature. For me, that includes not just the the glories of it, but also the side many would prefer not to think about. I've written about predators, venomous animals, and what happens to bodies after death. I find beauty even in these dark topics.

In addition to the books listed here, I've written articles about wildlife and biology for magazines like The New Yorker, Harper's, and Discover. My favorite authors are Ambrose Bierce, Edgar Allan Poe, and J. Sheridan Le Fanu. You can find some of my stories, plus wildlife photography and other interesting stuff, on my blog at GordonGrice.com.

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Well worth the read and hard to put down.
Dee from Gary, Indiana
Social status between human and dog does not exist; the human is a created conspecific.
Ellzeena
Gordon Grice has a very good writing style.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By J. Nicholas Dirga on July 10, 2010
Format: Hardcover
If it's called "Deadly Kingdom," you can expect it'll be all about animals and the numerous ways they kill people. It's a grisly but well done book, which breaks animals down into groups from the cats and dogs to the worms and spiders. Full of fascinating little trivia bits (who knew how terrifying hyenas could be?) and worth a read for anyone who likes to learn more about the natural world. The writer doesn't sugarcoat and it can be a bit overpowering to hear of all the nasty ways you can be killed by a shark or a bat or a snake, but it's quite interesting stuff nonetheless.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mark Dery on March 3, 2011
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Dear Reader:

Do you, like me, rejoice in the knowledge that you could eat an adult mouse whole, if you wanted to? As Gordon Grice helpfully notes, in his endlessly entertaining book Deadly Kingdom: The Book of Dangerous Animals, the rodent's bones are "no more troublesome than those of a catfish." In medieval England, he adds, "a mouse on toast was thought to cure colds." This morsel of science fact and historical storytelling is typical of the oddments Grice tosses us, arcana from his Cabinet of Curiosities that invite rumination (in both senses, in this case). Deadly Kingdom rewards the reader who knows that stringing together chains of association is as important as hoarding information.

Grice is best known as the author of The Red Hourglass: Lives of the Predators, a cult classic about black widows, brown recluses, tarantulas, and rattlesnakes, among other things, that launched a new genre: natural-history noir. If Cormac McCarthy turned his hand to nature writing, the results might sound something like Grice, who combines the laconic banter of rural Oklahoma, where he grew up, with a country boy's inexhaustible curiosity about the natural world. He renders his dramas of animal behavior in tight close-up, with an eye for detail that makes the reader feel as if she's lying on her belly, propped on her elbows, chin in hands, peering intensely into the jungle in the lawn. At that scale, insect tableaux become morality plays or, more often, Aesop's fables for existentialists. (In a thumbnail review on Amazon, I called him "a Jean-Henri Fabre for literati with rifle racks.") Grice's style--unsentimental, black-comedic, philosophical in an unselfconscious, back-porch way--heightens that effect.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dee from Gary, Indiana on January 3, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This was a very interesting book. I've read quite a few books on dangerous animals and this one was the most thorough. Well worth the read and hard to put down. Highly Recommended.
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By Rick on October 30, 2013
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I read The Red Hourglass: Lives of the Predators years ago when it was first published, so when I saw Deadly Kingdom I knew it would be very entertaining as well. Gordon Grice writes from his experiences and observations which makes for a very interesting vantage point. It is not merely a collection of factual information. Grice brings his scenarios to life quite well.
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