Tuesday, December 20, 2011

W is for Wicked

I featured one of Amy Stewart's other books, "Wicked Plants" and the "Wicked Bugs - The Louse That Conquered Napoleon's Army & Other Diabolical Insects" has just been released. 

Ms. Stewart's book is not for the squeamish or the Entomophobia sufferer.  It could almost make you lock yourself indoors after thoroughly fumigating the structure.

From creepy to crawly - destructive to deadly - biting to burrowing - let's just say it's really interesting and slightly frightening.  Should you not have a good imagination, the etchings and drawings (by Briony Morrow-Cribbs) will put you right over the top.

I find it interesting to read how certain insects plagued the world in by-gone days.  What ones are still out there bothering parts of the world.  How many threats have been eliminated thanks to heightened cleanliness, medicines or better farming methods.  

Need a little curl-up-on-a-cold-winter-night reading?  Pick up a copy of this little thriller and let me know if you think of any of these the next time you are down on all fours gardening next summer.

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