Friday, March 13, 2009

Special for Friday the 13th

Dark Banquet: Blood and the Curious Lives of Blood Feeding_Creatures by Bill Schutt. Harmony, 2008.
My review rating: 4 of 5 stars
It seems appropriate that I read this book about vampire bats and other "blood sucking" creatures on Friday the 13th.
Bill Schutt writes a very readable book about the creepy, crawly creatures we shudder about, with little related side digressions in other scientific, historic, and cultural realms.
In addition to vampire bats, there are sections on leeches, and on bedbugs and other parasetic insects.
If you start this book expecting to be scared by the horror movie aspecs, forget it. This is an informative and engaging book. (And I mean that in a nice way--I am the last person in the world to read books in the horror genre.)