Wicked Bugs: The Louse That Conquered Napoleon's Army and Other Diabolical Insects

Wicked Bugs The Louse That Conquered Napoleon s Army and Other Diabolical Insects In this darkly comical look at the sinister side of our relationship with the natural world Stewart has tracked down over one hundred of our worst entomological foes creatures that infest infect an

  • Title: Wicked Bugs: The Louse That Conquered Napoleon's Army and Other Diabolical Insects
  • Author: AmyStewart Briony Morrow-Cribbs
  • ISBN: 9781565129603
  • Page: 448
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In this darkly comical look at the sinister side of our relationship with the natural world, Stewart has tracked down over one hundred of our worst entomological foes creatures that infest, infect, and generally wreak havoc on human affairs From the world s most painful hornet, to the flies that transmit deadly diseases, to millipedes that stop traffic, to the bookworms In this darkly comical look at the sinister side of our relationship with the natural world, Stewart has tracked down over one hundred of our worst entomological foes creatures that infest, infect, and generally wreak havoc on human affairs From the world s most painful hornet, to the flies that transmit deadly diseases, to millipedes that stop traffic, to the bookworms that devour libraries, to the Japanese beetles munching on your roses, Wicked Bugs delves into the extraordinary powers of many legged creatures With wit, style, and exacting research, Stewart has uncovered the most terrifying and titillating stories of bugs gone wild It s an A to Z of insect enemies, interspersed with sections that explore bugs with kinky sex lives She s Just Not That Into You , creatures lurking in the cupboard Fear No Weevil , insects eating your tomatoes Gardener s Dirty Dozen , and phobias that feed our sometimes irrational responses to bugs Have No Fear Intricate and strangely beautiful etchings and drawings by Briony Morrow Cribbs capture diabolical bugs of all shapes and sizes in this mixture of history, science, murder, and intrigue that begins but doesn t end in your own backyard.

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    AmyStewart Briony Morrow-Cribbs

    Amy Stewart is the New York Times bestselling author of nine books, including Girl Waits with Gun, Lady Cop Makes Trouble, The Drunken Botanist, and Wicked Plants She lives in Portland with her husband Scott Brown, a rare book dealer They own an independent bookstore called Eureka Books, which is so independent that it lives in California while they live in Oregon You can also find her all over the country speaking to audiences at bookstores, libraries, botanical gardens, corporate campuses, and university and museum lecture series To find out if she s coming to your town, visit the Events page of her website.She s online almost every week chatting with book clubs on Skype, so get in touch

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    • I no longer fear the brown recluse. However, I learned that everything in the rural south wants to kill me.

    • As long as they're not crawling on me, or glued to my bedroom ceiling eying me with evil intent, I am fairly tolerant of bugs. After all, we would be drowning in our own waste without them. They eat other bugs. And there's that whole pollination thing to consider. But.Insects cause billions of dollars worth of structural and agricultural damage each year. They spread disease and have caused the deaths of untold numbers. Basically, they are the four horsemen of the Apocalypse, crawling and wingin [...]

    • Wicked Bugs follows on Stewart's Wicked Plants: The Weed That Killed Lincoln's Mother & Other Botanical Atrocities and mirrors its format: short (2-3 page) essays about a variety of subjects - in this case, "bugs." And I don't fault her for defining "bug" loosely. As she writes, "This is by no means a comprehensive field guide or medical reference. Most of us use the word to describe any number of tiny slithering and crawling creatures." (pp. xiii-xiv)The only fault I found in this book was [...]

    • So now my head seems strangely itchy and I can't help but jump at the slightest tickle. Too many bugs in one book for me. But morbidly fascinating, anyways.

    • Jesse Broussard

      (Oct 14, 2019 - 06:40 AM)

      I feel like the wine taster at the wedding in Cana: the best was saved for last. The best, in this case, being zombie bugs, bugs that take over an unwilling host (such as a cockroach, grasshopper, snail, etc) and use it for their own nefarious purposes, such as turning its antennae iridescent colours and waving them around to attract the nearby Nazgul, or perhaps causing grasshoppers, drunk with vino del mar, to fall violently in love with a particular passing fish. Alas, leaping to the water li [...]

    • The publisher assumes this book is for adults, but if you know a plague or bug fan of tender years, they would probably love you for hooking them up. Lots of the diseases and infestations are described in gruesome detail, but Stewart is writing for a broad audience, so the text isn't dull, even though she provides the proper Latin names for everything. If anything, I would say Stewart uses a snarky tone that would particularly appeal to the young. The teen who wants to read this would have been [...]

    • Things you should not do while reading this book:-sleep in a hotel room-see a bug-get touched in the middle of the night in a dark room by something that is obviously going to lay its eggs beneath your skiny it was only your catThis book gives me all new reasons to think bugs are both really really gross--and amazingly cool. Like the chigoe fleas who like to lay their eggs beneath toe nails, where the pain and itching get so bad, some of Columbus's soldiers when first landing in the Caribbean wo [...]

    • After reading Wicked Plants a couple years ago and gobbling it up, when this book appeared it was a foregone conclusion that it would be mine. This is a handsome book with many cool illustrations (if you're interested in bugs). I found it to be endlessly interesting and a little bit horrifying (screw-worm flies that burrow into you; foot-long centipedes with painful bites, a swarm of locusts bigger than the state of California, etc.) Also, I think the French must be a little weird. Their term fo [...]

    • Do not read this book while using public transportationI missed my train stop because the subject matter kept me completely engrossed. Needless to say, I will never eat pork again and I am slathering myself in mosquito repellent nightly. I have a whole new respect for these mighty bugs and the mayhem they produce. Certainly the chapter on the Brazilian Wandering Spider brought me to rapid attention when the author explains that a passenger almost boarded an international flight with hundreds of [...]

    • This is another beautiful little book from Stewart that is packed with a devious collection of bugs, beetles, spiders and other crawlies that have made a name for themselves as a scurge to local humans (again mostly in the US but there are still some examples from elsewhere, not to mention a shout out to the Old World inverts taking on the New World) through poisons, toxins and good ol' fashioned destructive behaviour. Once again the short entries and chapters make this a great book to dip into [...]

    • Interesting. Full of factoids. A bit gross. But more text book than it had to be. Like a Mary Roach book without the personality.

    • ENTHRALLING and DISGUSTING! Lots of stuff you shouldn't discuss over dinner, such as: Recently a medical examiner had difficulty estimating a time of death because some of the maggots in the body looked like they were two days old and others looked like they were three weeks old. The woman had snorted cocaine shortly before she died, and the maggots near her nose and mouth ingested some of the cocaine and grew huge from overeating.

    • This book is very pretty and nice to hold in your hands. My students were VERY impressed with how cool and ominous looking this book and its title are. I was sharing my current reading life with them and this was one of the books I was reading (to myself--not them) at the time. I used it to try to explain that animals that are harmful and predatorial aren't evil or mean-spirited but rather just made that way as a means of survival. That cute, fuzzy bunnies have their own means of survival--such [...]

    • This book is a surprisingly fun and engaging read. I will admit to a lot of grimacing and having to cover the drawing on the page a few times so I could concentrate on the text. Some of the drawings were so creepy, I felt like the bugs would crawl off the page and into my lap :) I loved the scary anecdotes and truly interesting historical bits. Amy Stewart really has the knack of conveying factual information in a conversation and engaging way. The descriptions and examples of how insects have b [...]

    • PROSLike its companion book, Wicked Plants, this book is gorgeous. The drawings are gorgeous, and that's saying a lot for a book about bugs. I've said it before, and I'll say it again: I love pretty books. Bugs (and other creepy-crawlies) are truly fascinating. I learned a lot! I liked this book better than Wicked Plants because "bugs" have so much more variety than plants. (Being more mobile than plants, I think they can simply be more creative.)CONSParasites. I hate parasites. No, seriously, a [...]

    • I've had this book for years and always put off reading it because I figured I already knew everything that could possibly be in it. Stupid Chad. You never know everything there is to know. Spanish Flies cause painful erections? Go on . . .

    • Interesting read, but it made me itch.

    • As someone who has spent quite a bit of time outdoors, I’ve had my share of insect encounters. I’ve been bitten or stung by wasps, bees, fire ants, midges (a generic term for any number of black flies), deer flies, fleas, ticks, mosquitos, and in one unpleasant instance an assassin bug (also known as a kissing bug). However unpleasant these insects have been there’s one thing I can say with certainty after reading Wicked Bugs: The Louse That Conquered Napoleon's Army & Other Diabolical [...]

    • Love it. Warning it’s unflinching details of all kinds of dangerous and gross insects. And it’s thin on narrative. It’s more like an encyclopedia than a book. But as a life long fan of bugs, I LOVED it!

    • This has been a book that was long recommended to me via person instead of GR and one that seems to be as present as the creepy crawlies found within it. Every time I was at a museum it has made its presence known, quietly taunting the reader to pick it up and test the pages within.First, though, a warning this isn't a book for those who are easily squeamish, fear or find insects a trigger to their deepest fears. Although there are some beneficial members found within the author is specifically [...]

    • If you find DK Eyewitness Books engaging reading, you may like this sensationalist look at insects. I didn't. As an audiobook it was boring, confusing ("Meet the Family" sections must be sidebars in the book, but just made for weird insertions in the narrative) and poorly written and researched: scorpions sting, not bite; sentences like "Their range extends as far west as Michigan, Minnesota, North and South Dakota and Oregon and Washington" just don't make sense. I can't keep going.

    • This was such an interesting read and an easy and fun one, too. Fully recommended to anyone who likes curious facts about nature. Except if you have phobias, proceed with caution.

    • I guess it might be surprising that as scared as I am of spiders, I actually think most bugs are cool. Just not spiders. But I'm not even slightly afraid of bees (except the Asian Giant Hornet), and roaches and beetles and moths just don't bother me. (My son and I got to pet a Madagascar Hissing Cockroach at the Oregon Zoo. But I'm not sure I'd hold one…)My weird brother-in-law, I mean one of my weird brothers-in-law, will march right up to a spider web and pet the spider. Am I wrong that that [...]

    • It isn't a particularly extensive or in-depth examination of the insect world, but it isn't meant to be. It's the sort of book you keep in the bathroom or take with you on a plane flight: quick, entertaining, and light.Stewart partitions the book into numerous, short entries that blend narrative examples with general scientific information on the subject's life cycle, eating habits, and the like, and these are usually accompanied by artistic renderings. There are plenty of squeamish bits to make [...]

    • I was extremely disappointed in this book. I expected a scientific "whodunnit" about insects and disease during Napoleon's invasion of Russia, and instead got a compendium of snippets on various "bugs" including spiders, centipedes, millipedes and other non-insect "bugs" --deemed "wicked" by the author. I spent many happy hours as a kid reading encyclopedia volumes but this book wouldn't have even made the grade. It is not badly written, just incredibly brief and incoherent. The book is very han [...]

    • Besides reading, I build bird houses. Lots of them, often well over a hundred each year. Why? Because I like to, because I find tons (literally) of scrap wood that is perfect for this purpose, and -- especially -- because Birds eat Bugs. By the pound. By the thousand. By using all the skills nature has created for them to be extremely good at this.Bugs are grotesque. I hate 'em. But they are part of the ecological system, they are essential, and they evolved to fill a niche, same as everything e [...]

    • Natalie Mcadams

      (Oct 14, 2019 - 06:40 AM)

      Although Stewart disclaims at the beginning that she is not an expert on insects/arachnids, there are a few flaws to some of the descriptions of "bugs" in the book; however, this is a very entertaining and enlightening read. While some of the misnomers we have about insects/arachnids are put to rest, lesser known and very deadly ones are discussed. One of the most interesting insects I learned about was a caterpillar that if touched, will kill a person by mass organ shut-down. More than anything [...]

    • Reads like an encyclopedia. Short entries without much in the way of depth. Twas all superficial factoids. The most interesting thing about this book was not necessarily the information about the bugs, but the little sidebar facts. Such as 1 of 3 French citizens in the mid-1800s made a living doing something with wine production. And that Darwin put a bombardier beetle in his mouth for safekeeping while he chased another. These stories were far too infrequent to make this book much more than a [...]

    • Katie R. Herring

      (Oct 14, 2019 - 06:40 AM)

      Oh so interesting and oh so scary! I do NOT want to imagine if bugs were bigger. Even imagining them enlarging to the size of a small dog, (say, a yorkie), creeps me out! Not to say I'm scared of bugs, not at all. But I do respect them. However, after reading this, I think I'll be a little more careful about what I pick upThe only thing I didn't like, (why there's four stars instead of five), is the fact it just ended! What the heck. No closing chapter? No summary? Not even a concluding sentence [...]

    • If you have any fear of creepy-crawlies, don't read this book, it will give you nightmares. I made the mistake of reading this with The Poisonwood Bible and I was strongly considering living in a plastic bubble. A fun, if a bit scary read.I also didn't know that European earthworms were an invasive and destructive species.

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