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"I laughed all through the book until the end, where I became sad to have to say goodbye. I enjoyed myself that much." - Night Owl Reviews
"The narrative in That Bear Ate My Pants was not only well-written and entertaining but downright hilarious. I have not laughed so hard while reading in quite a while. And when I mean laugh, I mean I laughed so hard I was screaming. Warning, do not read this book while on the toilet." - Indie Eclective
"Tony Slater is very gifted at writing comically and laughter accompanied every page I read at the account of his daily routine looking after animals, birds and reptiles of all shapes and sizes and degrees of ferocity. Despite the tomfoolery of the writing, Tony never forgets the seriousness of the work carried out by the rescue centre, he never forgets to inform us of the beauty and uniqueness of Ecuador, and more importantly, never forgets to reveal not only how much the animals came to mean to him in the short time he was there, but also how much the whole experience touched him. This is one I will read again if I ever need cheering up. It's a guaranteed tonic." - Kath 'n' Kindle Book Reviews
About the Author
TonyJames Slater is a very, very strange man. He believes himself to beindestructible, despite considerable evidence to the contrary. He is often tobe found making strange faces whilst pretending to be attacked by inanimateobjects. And sometimes - not always, but often enough to be of concern - histesticles hang out of the holes in his trousers. It is for this reason (amongst others) that hechooses to spend his life far from mainstream civilization, tackling ridiculouschallenges and subjecting himself to constant danger. He gets hurt quite a lot.
I'm truly glad I found these books. They are a fun escape from a rocky patch in my life. (Geeze, at least I hope it's just a patch.....?) A manic depressive husband who decided to go on an epic mid life crisis after our neighbor had a heart attack at 44. A flat out depressed 15 year old daughter who cuts herself for reasons I can't fathom but according to her psychiatrist & therapist I need to be "understanding" ( understanding about something I can't fathom, there's a contradiction in there I think) A 13 yr old son who so recently thought the sun & moon revolved around my awesomeness but now slinks around me in a desperate attempt to avoid embarrassing contact at all cost and whose idols are grown men who live with their parents believing they are making a good living by uploading videos on YouTube. "Sigh" Everyone told me teenagers would be tough. The Bear ate my pants is only the second book I've read (I'm doing it a little backwards since I chanced across Shave My Spider first) but I have really really (really) enjoyed them both and am looking forward to reading the next one. In my world where attempts at cheerful, light-heartedness are greeted with an annoyed desire to shoo me away, they have been funny and interesting in this surreal sort of way that makes you believe that YOU could travel to cool, fascinating, remote places and not just survive but have a plethora of kick ass experiences to cherish. I mean Hell, if Tony can do it without getting dead then ....... = D. I highly recommend the books. Thanks Tony, keep writing books & blogging forever, amen
I've read reviews that are highly critical of the language (F and S bombs) and also some sex. Frankly, there weren't that many bombs and the sex was very much in context and written about with great humor and fun.
The author is an incredible storyteller! I felt as if I were there with him and appreciated his turn of phrase and view on delightfully outrageous situations.
There were a few chapters I sped through due to some graphic medical and other squeamish (to me) situations. But still wanted to rate this 5 stars.
Do wish the author would find a better editor. His poor grammar and incorrect tense usage is a a bit off-putting at times, but still, a great story teller. So, I gave the book 6 stars, but had to downgrade by one star for less than stellar grammatical and tense use.
Thank you for sharing your adventures, TJS, and allowing us to laugh (and cry) along with you!
Reading this book is a bit like trying to look away from a train wreck that is a very funny train wreck indeed. Slater volunteers to help at a wildlife rescue place on a remote farm in Ecuador, and the whole book is filled with him describing things I never want to do but loved reading about. Would I want to be bitten by a crocodile? Nearly electrocuted when touching electric fencing, on purpose? Slashed by an angry ocelet? Well, no, but Slater has a knack for comedic writing. A good feature of the kindle version is you can see photos of all the animals he writes about, photos available on his website too. As he reflects when heading back to London “I’d been bitten, clawed and mauled by more species of life than most people can name. Blinded, electrocuted and nearly shot.” Armed bandits on the farm, descriptions of his fellow volunteers and the enigmatic Johnny who owns the farm and has a passion for rescuing captive wildlife, and Slater’s lovely Ecuadorian girl friend named Lady round out the story.
I work with animals for a living, so That Bear Ate My Pants! was a no-brainer reading selection for me. It's the story of twenty-something Tony Slater, a British guy who spends a year volunteering at an animal refuge in Ecuador. He was looking for some adventure, and certainly seems to have gotten it during his time at Santa Martha.
Throughout the book, Slater describes with good-humor the widely varied experiences he had with animals such as a lovable but stubborn bear, a battalion of turtles with loose bowels, an overweight puma, and a sick crocodile in need of stitches and twice-daily antibiotics. The animal anecdotes are the backbone of the book, and definitely the best parts. Slater's descriptions and witty commentary made what would have already been interesting events even more entertaining.
Slater also writes frequently about his supervisors, fellow volunteers, and labor at Santa Martha in That Bear Ate My Pants!, but I sometimes found my interest flagging during these episodes, particularly when describing the more difficult people and complicated projects. A subplot involving his affair with a woman he met in a nearby town never really went anywhere in my opinion as well. I was ready for the book to be done at around the 2/3 point, as the storyline itself seemed to bog down to the point where the animal tales struggled to carry it.
That Bear Ate My Pants! was good for a chuckle, and I recommend it to fans of humorous animal stories and travel memoirs.
This book is really meant for a younger audience, male or female under the age of 30. I am certain most older people will be upset with the author's attitude, language and immaturity in some areas. However, I was interested in his story and I was impressed with his love of animals. You don't find that often in a 23 year old male. The author makes himself look like an idiot but he does this with poetic licence to express some points he wants to make. At least that is what I think and hope! LOL. He does tell a good story and gives a lot of good information to the reader about how animals live in the wild. I envy the adventures he had while accumulating material for this book. I think this was his first book and I am certain his future books will be much better. As I write this, I see there are at least two or three books already published with one being prepared. I don't know if I will be buying them in the near future but maybe after I finish a backlog of other books and novels I want to read.