- Paperback: 316 pages
- Publisher: cfz (August 3, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 190572361X
- ISBN-13: 978-1905723614
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,100,765 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Tetrapod Zoology Book One
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- Matt Bille
author, Shadows of Existence: Discoveries and Speculations in Zoology (Hancock, 2006)
This book represents the first year of Tetrapod Zoology. The 46 chapters are a couple of pages each and individually represent a single blog post. While the text of each chapter is the same as the original 2006 blog, the author has provided updates in the books introduction.
The conversational style of a blog does seem strange to read in the pages of a book, but makes the author seem generally more personable. The book covers a wide breadth of subjects (anything relating to animals descended from a four legged common ancestor appears to be fair game) and should be fascinating for anybody with a love of the natural world.
Obviously most of this material can be viewed online for free, but the sheer volume of material alone justifies the purchase of it in the format of a book. Moreover there is an index for topics found within its pages that make the material more accessible than the online version.
I hope that this is merely the first in a large collection of TetZoo books.
As a fellow reviewer mentions, he runs one of the most fascinating blogs on the Internet, holding forth on a range of zoological and paleontological subjects and sharing his own original ideas and insights.
This book offers up a selection of some of Naish's most popular posts from the early days of his blog, Tetrapod Zoology.
I recently read this book cover to cover while camping in the jungle (the irony didn't escape me - reading a book of blog posts in a place with no computer, let alone Internet connection!).
Not only did the series of enlightening essays keep me enraptured while tropical storms raged, making hiking impossible, I picked up some fantastic further reading recommendations - Naish has excellent taste in books!
I would definitely recommend Tetrapod Zoology Booke One - and can't wait for Books Two, Three, Four and Five or however many other companion volumes are issued.
Well worth the money.