Friday, September 21, 2012
Anyway, Alan Dean Foster is a science fiction author (I haven't read his fiction) who also spends a large amount of time travelling, particularly adventure-focused travelling (AKA: the kind I will never do). This book is something of a travel memoir, but it revolves around the predators, large and small, that Foster has encountered on his travels. We're talking sharks, big cats, and snakes, but also those that you may not typically consider when you think of predators, like leeches, otters, and ants.
The writing for me was just so-so. I wasn't all that impressed. I've read better travel memoirs in terms of writing - this isn't the next Bill Bryson by any means. But it wasn't bad either. The stories were interesting, but too many pages were devoted to conversations that weren't important or interesting to anyone other than friends of the author.
As I mentioned above, some of the stories included more extraneous information and dialogue than I really care for. There were parts that dragged. But overall, I really enjoyed reading about the places Foster has visited and the predators he has seen. Even though I'm not really interested in travelling the world and collecting leech stories myself, I do like to read about others' experiences and I'm a huge fan of nature shows (yay Planet Earth) so this was an ideal read for me (in my own leech-free, rodent-free, climate controlled home).
If you like travel memoirs or nature shows, I think it's worth checking out.
I reviewed this one in e-galley format, thanks to NetGalley.
Posted by Julie G at 12:14 PM