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This hodgepodge of travel pieces tells of Cahill's experiences diving with sharks, jumping out of planes, trekking through jungles and other dangerous and exotic adventures.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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This is not, strictly speaking, a travel book but a collection of articles, most of them previously published in various magazines, on a variety of subjects. The author places the articles into five categories: The Unnatural World, Tooth and Claw, The Natural World, Other People's Lives, and Risk. Cahill, author of Jaguars Ripped My Flesh ( LJ 10/1/87) and A Wolverine Is Eating My Leg ( LJ 2/15/89), has traveled around the world on assignment, covering a wide range of unusual events such as firewalking, caving, etc. He writes with a keen sense of humor, but with a serious and informed attitude. The reader won't find tips on hotels, food, or transportation but a rich and varied tour of interesting and unusual places and events. Recommended for all travel collections.
- George M. Jenks, Bucknell Univ., Lewisburg, Pa.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 377 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Departures; 1st edition (February 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679749292
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679749295
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.9 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,340,549 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By S. O'Connor on June 28, 2000
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I'm a big fan of travel writer Bill Bryson, so expanding to reading Tim Cahill's books wasn't much of a stretch. Like Bryson, Cahill goes out travelling with that "I'm just an ordinary guy in the world" outlook, bringing the reader along with the hope that maybe he'll do something really dumb or goofy and end up having more of an adventure than planned. After reading Cahill's experiences in remote corners of the world from deep inside caves to the top of El Capitan, the next time you get on an airplane and sit near a tall, bearded, slightly worried-looking man you'll wonder if it's Cahill and where he's off to this time. And some adventurous part of you will want to go with him. Enjoy your travels with Tim Cahill!
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Tim Cahill is witty, warm, compassionate, and wryly amusing. What more could you ask? If I'm taking a mental trip to wild, exotic, fearsome places; I don't want a cranky guide. Bill Bryson (Walk in the Woods)preaches too much--wants everyone to walk everywhere and eschew all drive-throughs. Tim is absolutely tolerant, apologizes for his wackiness and agrees fervently that taking a nap 250 yards from a grizzly bear takes a lot of explaining. His essay on llamas was worth the price of the book, informative (I didn't know llamas spit at you because you came too close to them. They just look like they'd love to be petted. Not so.) and funny. I found his descriptions lyrical. My curiousity was so aroused, I was looking in atlases and encyclopedias. I've passed over his other books probably because of the god-awful titles. I won't make that mistake again. P.S. The last book I thought deserved 5 stars was "Catcher in the Rye."
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As an avid travel adventure reader and a some time travel adventurer, I've read many of the travel adventure writers. PECKED is Cahill's best. His essay on caving is one of the funniest he's ever written. While another collection JAGUARS RIPPED MY FLESH was intermittently funny, PECKED TO DEATH's essays are full of his wry humor in locales that many of us will never have the opportunity to visit.
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Really, it makes one wonder where Tim finds time and equipment to do all this stuff. However, he certainly does it, and _Pecked_ does not disappoint. Always willing to embarrass himself and always seeing whatever humour can be found in a situation, he's effective when he's serious as well. The part on the British fellows and their stunts around the world nearly caused me abdominal injury due to laughter.
I only have one criticism to level at Tim: he has not written enough books, nor have they been long enough. Hopefully he will remedy that by being more prolific.
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I was recommended to read Tim Cahill's books as a huge fan of Bill Bryson. While both writers discuss their adventures in traveling, their styles are very different. Bryson's books tend to be coherent pieces about one specific trip or expedition (Australia, the Appalachian trail), while Pecked to Death is a collection of short works written by Cahill, sometimes for other magazines. I find Bryson funnier; however Cahill's writing seems to be more evocative of the natural wonders he is writing about.
This distinction mentioned; Pecked to Death by Ducks is a very worthwhile read. Cahill has traveled to some of the most amazing places in the world, with some of the most interesting companions, and these adventures are marvelously rendered in this book. In addition, since each chapter stands alone, it's quite easy to stop and start again. Definately recommended for anyone with an interest in adventure or eco-travel!
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I was first charmed by Tim Cahill's writing in "Jaguars Ripped my Flesh," and a "Wolverine is Eating My Leg." Reading Cahill introduced me to this whole genre of travel/"oops" writing and, although I have read others, I still enjoy Cahill the most. Check out "Outside" magazine (available online and in paper) for a periodic Cahill fix. In the meantime, if you haven't caught up on his earlier works, read them!
And, think of the places we can go if we take care of our world.
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By A Customer on July 12, 1999
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Cahill may not be a world-class mountaineer or climber - he's simply someone out there doing things, having fun, and writing hilarious accounts of his adventures and antics!
From caving and climbing to paddling and interesting encounters with bears - Cahill had me in stitches throughout most of the book!
A "definitely must read" for anyone vaguely interested in the outdoors!
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This is a great travel book for those of us who like to read others' adventures while we sit in comfort. I love the humor, empathy, and descriptions of this book. It's a compilation of articles,however, and if you read too many chapters at once, they start to run together. It's best to read them one at a time then ponder or share them. We keep it in the guest bathroom.
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