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Wicked Bugs: The Louse That Conquered Napoleon's Army & Other Diabolical Insects Hardcover – May 3, 2011
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“I read your book, and I'm all itchy.”―Dave Davies, NPR’s “Fresh Air”
“A word of warning: Some of the descriptions ahead might trigger your gag reflex.”―Terry Gross, NPR’s “Fresh Air”
About the Author
Amy Stewart is the award-winning author of six books on the perils and pleasures of the natural world. She is the cofounder of the popular blog Garden Rant and is a contributing editor at Fine Gardening magazine. She and her husband live in Eureka, California, where they own an antiquarian bookstore called Eureka Books.
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"Bugs" here is used to describe a broad range of critters, from the microscopic tot he large, and from insects and spiders etc. through various kinds of worms. The tags range from "deadly" to "horrible", with stops at "painful", "dangerous", and "destructive". It's a horror show!
The writing and the wonderful production values in the book help to ease one through all the revoltingness, though, and make the book both an entertaining and darkly fun read. Each pest, or category of pest, gets its own short essay, complete with lurid details about what's so icky about them.
The artwork by Briony Morrow-Cribbs adds much to the enjoyment. Even the most skin-crawly of critters somehow looks better in her wonderful illustrations (and somehow less likely to give one nightmares), especially combined with the excellent layout and the 2-color printing. It's a very elegant book.
I got this at least a year ago, after loving 2 of her other books- "Drunken Botanist" and "Wicked Plants". I'd recommend these too. I'd put of reading this one, though, because bugs do make my skin crawl in general. I would not recommend it to the currently phobic!
It's a great book on scary. revolting, and creepy topics that are nonetheless a part of life- and it's beautifully done. Recommended- with caution!
Keep writing!!! I see mushrooms in the future!
While keeping totally within biological facts, Amy Stewart never-the-less finds the quirky and unusual in the bug world. Her writing style is bright, cheery, and fun, no where near what might be presented in your Entomology 101 textbook. The details presented are far from dry--they are more of the engrossingly morbid, the macabre, the scary, and the just plain fun. While the book may be technically a book on biology, if could easily fit into the horror genre--not the Stephen King-type horrors, but more in line as an adult version of Goosebumps.
The facts presented in themselves are amazing and enlightening. While I was aware of some of what was written, more of it was new knowledge to me. The book gave me a new take on just how diverse our world is, and it results in looking at insects and arachnids in an entirely new light.