JLS (jlsjlsjls) wrote,

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What the cataloguer is reading while her computer is busy building web pages

Dropped into a real bookstore yesterday (yes, I still occasionally do that despite working in the reader's candyland) and came across a must-buy-this-now-'cause-I-want-to-read-it-now title: Octopus: the ocean's intelligent invertebrate, by Jennifer A. Mather, Roland C. Anderson, and James B. Wood. And I've been reading it steadily since late yesterday afternoon, between little visits to the computer to start it on the next phase of test files, checking results, and setting it to build "real" files" ... am on the last chapter now. It's one of those perfect science books: academic enough to convey real, not-dumbed-down scientific information, yet still written in a way that makes it fun to read. I've always found the octopus to be a very fascinating critter and this is probably the most complete single information source I've come across in decades. Bonus: the authors, who've all been studying, diving/swimming with, and caring for octopuses for decades, have added lots of entertaining sidebars with their own personal comments and anecdotes about octopuses they've encountered (includes observations of play, individual personalities, and creativity). Highly recommended.
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