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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books; Reprint edition (Jan. 31 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780143120742
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143120742
  • ASIN: 0143120743
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 13.7 x 2.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 295 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #340,825 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Okay, Okay... I'm Freaking Out Now June 30 2012
By Franklin the Mouse - Published on
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Towards the beginning of his book, Mr. Grice has a great line, "To consider animal behavior without history is to misunderstand it." The author then goes about describing how humans misread many potentially dangerous animals by anthropomorphizing their actions. He correctly argues that much of this is rooted in an arrogant religious mindset that human beings are at the top of the scale of value, so that any information that moves us lower must be explained as abnormal. This silly attitude isn't science but simply wishful thinking on the part of people. As he says, "In the real world, the significance of things is situational, not determined by some preordained ranking." Human actions, such as encroachment into other animals' habitats, factor largely in the hunting habits and conflicts which arise between us and other animals. This book explains what happens when we cross paths with creatures who are very capable of doing us harm or serving us up as the main meal on that day's culinary delights.

Many of Mr. Grice's stories of deadly animals getting the better of people sure tested my faith in the intelligence of mankind. There's no way around it, some of the victims were laughably stupid. The author has a wonderful, playful ability to explain dangerous wildlife in layman's terms. He covers all the bases. Land, air, water, you name it, there's something out there to do you in. Mr. Grice explains the habits of canines, cats, bears, hyenas (darned right scary fellahs), sharks, fish, whales, numerous other denizens of the deep, snakes, crocodiles, lizards, birds, monkeys, apes, chimps, bats, rodents, elephants, farm animals, and the one section that had me squirming through the entire seventy pages pertained to spiders, boatloads of different insects and worms. It's obvious the guy loves observing animals and knows his stuff. "The Book of Deadly Animals" is a highly informative, entertaining and amusing read. The only problem I have with the thing is that after reading the book I may never leave my house again. I want my mommy.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
respect for foreign powers March 8 2012
By Brian Griffith - Published on
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Grice gives a quite comprehensive lowdown on most animals that can possibly eat you, poison you, bite your finger, or rip your face off. He deals with big carnivores, sea urchins, dive-bombing birds, ants, rats, yacht-sinking sea lions, baby-snatching baboons, and shrews with a rather venomous bite. The fact-laden account is suitably laced with tales of terror, but it strives for balance and accuracy. It's a fun way to soak up tons of info. on animal-human relations in every corner of the globe.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Took a Chance... Feb. 12 2012
By Isostar - Published on
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I read an excerpt on Gizmodo the other day and was instantly enthralled with the subject. Who isn't at least somewhat interested in reading about deadly animals? Without previewing any more, I took a chance and ordered the paperback on a whim. The book arrived fast (gotta love amazon prime), and I've already read the first two chapters: Dogs and Bears. They're both well written, informative, and offer a thoughtful perspective on the animal groups themselves, as well as our perceived and actual interactions with them. I know this book will be a quick read as I already find it difficult to put down.

To sum it all up: well written, well researched, and very entertaining. Thank you.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Grrrrreat! Oct. 16 2012
By TrailDog - Published on
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Having just encountered an extra large grizzly bear yesterday morning, this book caught my interest at the library. I often realize how weak and small I am in comparison with the large predators that roam my home state. This book did nothing to console me, but happily many of the most deadly species, like nile crocodiles, tigers, or venomous snakes live far far away from me.

As a wildife biologist, I appreciated the biologically and factually thorough, humorous, well paced chronicle of a variety of deadly creatures- keeping in mind even the tiny insect that, though less feared, actually cause more deaths than tiger, lion, or bear. I also enjoyed the authors insights into human's "take" on different wildlife and how this influences our behavior. For example, we tend to think that wild animals are, by nature, afraid of people. Not so with reptiles like crocodilians. We are on the menu as much as any other creature. As pet owners, we give canids a "pass" in some cases, because we consider them members of our family, and thus a nip is misbehavior and not aggression. But spiders are feared even when not venomous. The parasitic worm section was especially gross- I mean illuminating.

A worthwhile read and offers some unique insight that got me thinking about our place as "alphas" in this world of claw and fang, where insects are actually king. Nicely done and the author shows a real fascination with his subject which comes through in the writing.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The book of deadly animals Feb. 11 2013
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This book is basically a collection of stories about bad animal/human incidents. It is well written and quite terrifying. Overall there is some pretty good advice there.