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- deedra - a hard commitment, but worth itI found this a very interesting book. It took me a long time to get into this because it requires commitment, and if you have cyclic vommitting syndrom like i do and are in the hospital a lot, it also requiresa bit of help from those around you.
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- Maranda M. Richardson - Bizarre world, bizarre creaturesParasite Rex, a title that is inspired by some of the earth's most fear and, surprisingly, awe inducing creatures. This book has got it all--both the gruesome and disgusting facts along with the make-one-stop-and-ponder ones as well.
What made this book such a good read was that it incorporated both the facts but an interesting story as well. It read as an adventure, the reader being guided by Zimmer through the journey that he took to discover the many different parasites and their individual lifestyles. The start of the book is with how the parasites got their claim to fame and how the term parasite has gained the negative connotation. Next the reader is presented with numerous tales that different parasites embark on. For example, one learns about Trichinella and how parasites find one another. The reader is told to, "Apply the Fantastic Voyage method: It would be as if you were thrown down into a dark cavernous tunnel twelve miles long, lined on all sides with slippery, tightly packed, man-sized mushrooms,"(29). Knowing that at the end of the journey, the parasite miraculously does manage to find another of its own kind.
More intriguing knowledge is spread as the reader continues and learns that parasites are not just little worms that suck the blood out of you. Parasites are brilliant masterminds that can turn their host into a personal puppet, and themselves take the role as the puppet master. Some parasites can transform male crabs, virtually into females, so the parasite has a place for its eggs, which place is the new space it created in the male body. Parasites can even make pill bugs crawl over lighter colored gravel, making them more susceptible to being eaten by a bird, the thing that the parasite wants to happen.
Even with all of the horror stories that are told and facts that are laid out, the reader has the opportunity to see how parasites positively affect different ecological systems and the important role that they play in keeping everything in line.
This book will change how one sees the world, how one can look at an animal and not notice it for the animal that it is but rather, wonder what kind of parasite it is plagued with. After all, if one stops to ponder on it, "It is we who are the parasites, and the Earth the host," (245).