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A fascinating book. Initially quite gorey, it gradually settles down to draw together behaviors illustrated into a broader discussion on the effects of parasites of different kinds on various species, including humans. Pursuing concepts that would otherwise be quite far removed from most people's expectations and imaginings, but which seem entirely plausible when considered in context, the author considers cultural conflicts in the real world right up to those still being contested in the present day.
This is an engrossing book, a well written page-turner — in fact impossible to put down! It introduces a whole new aspect to so many issues that can so easily get stuck in sterile arguments.
This is a good book on the subject of the interaction of parasites and their hosts, written by a non-specialist in the field. As such the book is well written gaining much of its information from interviews of experts in the field. I liked the early part but could not go along with the latter chapters of how much they had affected our thoughts and emotions.
I can't put it down! Fascinating book that gives a whole new perspective on the impact parasites have on our world and ourselves. So worth reading and learn more about all that goes unseen on Nature's backstage.
I picked up this book at the library years ago given its catchy title. Could not put it down. I purchased it years ago with the intent of finishing it. It is a fascinating, fascinating insight into parasite behaviour. Well-written, concise and full of unknown facts that will make you think twice next time you see an insect. For those of you who are interested in further study on the matter, the book makes reference several times to an academic, Janice Moore, whose works were consulted. The seminal work, entitled "Parasites and the Behaviour of Animals", delves much deeper into the matter. It's pricey - around 90$, but can be ordered and acquired through Indigo for Canadian shoppers.
I loved every single page of this book. I recommend it to every parasitologist, veterinarian, human health professionals and also for the common reader. It gives the main examples of the interaction between the parasites and their hosts, how they affect our behaviour and lifestyle, and also the benefits and negative impacts they develop in our health. 5 star rate!
This is a very interesting book and theory. I thought it might not be accurate, but when I did some more reading in other sources, this book stands for something and it is scary, but well worth the read.