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Mildly interesting, mostly off-topic
on May 6, 2012
As someone who has done a considerable amount of taxidermy and preparation/curation of museum specimens, I looked forward to this book as a treatment of the subject from a psychological perspective. While some historical background is useful, the return to Ackley again and again was annoying, since the author was obviously copying material published elsewhere. The fact that he didn't even try to make a mount seems hypocritical and his demeaning rationale doesn't ring true. I most enjoyed the discussions of novelty taxidermy and the preservation of pets. These areas would seem the best material to use in considering the psychology of people who desire such bizarre creations. I found it also bizarre that the author would try to write an entire book (with much off-topic filler and repetition) about a subject he claims to be obsessed with, yet doesn't deviate from his position as a somewhat disgusted observer.