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Seal's interest is more than curiosity, it's phobic--and that's what makes it so compelling. Whether he's meeting the American woman who survived her husband's attempt to murder her with a rattlesnake, or the Kilifi man who survived a black mamba, or the conveniently named Dundee--the Australian who shrugged off a taipan--you can sense his subtext: "What would I have done?" and "Could I have survived?" The same feelings permeate the historical. When he retraces the steps of the first Australian to catch a taipan, you know that he's somehow expecting a snake to appear in the same place. And when it doesn't, like Seal, you are both relieved and disappointed. The Snakebite Survivors' Club is a rare mix of intelligence and whimsy, but don't for a minute think it will cure you of your fear of snakes. So if you're feeling faint-hearted, grab a copy and head for Ireland, where--legend has it--there isn't a snake in sight. --John Crace, Amazon.co.uk
To all those who share my deep and unsettling phobia towards all things reptilian in general and snakes in particular I recommend this book by Jeremy Seal. Read morePublished on October 10, 2013 by Nymund
Being a snakebite survivor myself, I had to pick up this book. People that fear snakes should learn to understand them. I live among deadly snakes in my area, and they are welcome. Read morePublished on August 2, 2013 by Proud American Infidel
I've read other reviews complaining about the layout of this book; though the organization of "Snakebite" is a bit odd at first, it makes sense within the context of the story. Read morePublished on December 29, 2012 by Tara Cope
This is a fascinating read combining a documentary about snakes and a travelogue. Jeremy sets out on an adventure to four countries to learn more about their deadliest snakes: the... Read morePublished on May 26, 2011 by Martina A. Nicolls
_The Snakebite Survivors' Club_ by Jeremy Seal was an amusing and informative travelogue, an account of the author's travels to learn about four particular snake species. Read morePublished on July 23, 2006 by Tim F. Martin
I dreamed about being a herptologist as a boy, and my children's interests in reading about snakes revived my boyhood curiosity. Read morePublished on August 13, 2004 by Tim Warneka
I can't find enough words to praise Jeremy Seal's book. Not only is the concept brilliant--a journey around the world to confront his own personal fear of snakes--but his prose is... Read morePublished on January 30, 2003 by B. D'Angelo
As someone who loves both snakes and travel writing, I was intrigued by this book's topic. Though the author proclaims himself "phobic" of snakes, his attitude is probably closer... Read morePublished on April 19, 2002 by CLB
Fascinating. I love this kind of meandering book that doesn't feel the need to be about anything more specific than "snakes". Read morePublished on February 8, 2002