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Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents Paperback – January 1, 2007
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"Seven Skeletons" by Lydia Pyne
An irresistible journey of discovery, science, history, and myth making, told through the lives and afterlives of seven famous human ancestors. Learn more
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Winner: Benjamin Franklin Award for Travel/Essay
Winner: National Indie Excellence Book Award for Travel/Essay
Winner: Best Books Book Award for Travel/Essay
Bronze: ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Award for Travel/Essay
Bronze: IPPY Award for Travel/Essay
Finalist: Nautilus Award for Animals/Nature
Minneapolis Star-Tribune Top-10 "Green" Book
From the Author
My process for creating the book was to go on an adventure; write the chapter; and then head out again. In all, my travels spanned three-and-a-half years, and my writing and research time totaled more than twelve thousand hours!
Here's where I went during my travels: Peru (the Amazon Rainforest), Argentina, Australia (Queensland), Canada (Alberta, British Columbia, Yukon Territory, and Northwest Territories), Antarctica, Europe (Spain, France, Switzerland, and Andorra), Malaysia (Borneo), and Africa (Zimbabwe).
Since I was essentially writing the book "live," one of my trepidations was that a trip might turn out to be boring. If that happened, would I have to subject my readers to a snoozer of a chapter? Fortunately, something exciting and magical happened on every adventure!
Something else magical has happened: Cool Creatures, Hot Planet has become a book with a life of its own. After the print edition came out in 2007, it won six national awards. That led to a live, multi-media version of the book, called Around the World in 90 Minutes. I have been performing Around the World in 90 Minutes at colleges and other venues since late 2007. My show is still going strong. If I'm in your area, I hope you will check it out--you'll have a blast. You can find my tour schedule on Amazon's Marty Essen page.
Finally, December 2012 marked the release of Cool Creatures, Hot Planet on Kindle. A Kindle release wasn't part of the plan, but after purchasing a Kindle Paperwhite for myself, I fell in love with the format. I found that I could read much longer without eyestrain and loved that I could read late into the night, with the lights out. Encante Press did a great job of reformatting my book for Kindle, and it still includes all of the photos people ooh and aah about so often.
Whether you purchase the print or the Kindle version of Cool Creatures, Hot Planet, I thank you. And I hope to see you at one of my live shows soon!
P.S. If you bring your book to my show, I will be happy to sign it for you. If you have the Kindle version, I usually have bookmarks or other goodies with me that I can sign for you instead.
Top Customer Reviews
I expected slithery, slimy, crawly things-and got them-but in a way that was not only educational but fun and actually page-turning. Marty Essen not only looked for venomous snakes (his passion) but imagined himself (in Never-Cry-Wolf-fashion) running with the caribou way up north in the Klondike.
To boot, his intrepid, water-loving wife was game for anything. Though I had some doubt when I read that "she ran into the cold river, wallowed in the mud until her backside was all black." Oh, wait! I must have been distracted. Kate was the dog! There are some tender moments with Annie (also a dog), as well as Deb (that's the wife).
A wonderful reading experience. Don't let the high page-count scare you off. Traipsing through the thicket of seven continents does take time, and patience, and love for our planet; as well as courage.
sighting of every animal,bird,snake, and camp site..Read the book,you will have fond memories of every continent you visit from your comfortable recliner.
His liberal political insights were an annoyance as I am a very staunch conservative, but not so much that I did not enjoy reading the book. Great job on the writing though.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Greatly enjoyed this book. Take a pleasant relaxed trip to exotic locales with Marty and Deb. Like traveling with a quirky favorite neighbor. Read morePublished 4 months ago by John S
Nice writing style. A pleasure to read. Lots of detail so you could go there, too, if desired. If these locations appeal to you, then this book is well worth the read. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
Fun engaging book to read. I have traveled to 5 of the 7 continents and I enjoyed their adventures almost as much as i have my own. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Scott B.
One of the best travel books I've read. I read from 8 to 10 books every 3 weeks and about 1/3 are travel/adventure books. Read morePublished 23 months ago by TMS
An interesting adventure and reasonably well done. Too bad the author ruined it by interjecting his stupid political thoughts and the needless George Bush bashing. Read morePublished 24 months ago by jims
Right off the bat you are drawn in by Marty's enthusiasm for the natural world. It’s an engaging read and whets your appetite to get out and experience theses places and see these... Read morePublished on July 28, 2014 by Glenn Marangelo
Very well written, I learned a lot about the beauty of snakes and insects. I also love all the places he visits.Published on July 17, 2014 by Mary M. Ramirez
It is a decent book, not outstanding, but not terrible either. Reads easily and he has a good grasp of English. Read morePublished on June 27, 2014 by Lloyd Crim