mordicai caeli (mordicai) wrote,
mordicai caeli
mordicai

i don't drink...wine...

dark banquet by bill schutt, illustrated by patricia wynne.

i should start by mentioning that the coffee i’m drinking is called “dark magic.” between dark magic coffee & a book called “dark banquet” I’m having a pretty gothy morning i guess. the machine here is some kind of crazy widget; you put this denny’s creamer shaped pack in, & bang! out comes coffee, & the plastic rind disappears. speaking of specialized mechanisms, dark banquet is a book about blood feeders in nature. your ticks & your leeches & yeah your big money vampire bats. i should mention at the outset that this book is gorgeous. It is just barely over the top; just the right amount of red embossed pictures of the aforementioned critters providing breaks in the chapters, & nicely illustrated with accuracy & humor by patricia wynne. the tone of the book is pop science, & it leans more towards the pop than most of the nonfiction reading i do. a lot of the facts & the science was old hat to me, but it didn’t drag on & seemed succinct; if i didn’t know anything about biology, i would still be able to handle this, but knowing some things, it didn’t hammer me in the head like i was a dummy. this is almost more adventure memoir in parts, coupled with some basic rundowns of how these bloodsuckers work, but i learned a few things here & there, & seeing things i knew already in context helped it all gel together. clot together i guess I should say!
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