Comments: 12
Elentarri's Book Blog 4 years ago
Thank you for reviewing this book. It's been on my TBR mountain for a while but a few reviews mentioning the philosophical nature and randomness of author ramblings has put me off.
Murder by Death 4 years ago
You are welcome - I was not prepared for the philosophical bent of the book, and I almost DNF'd it, but I really wanted to hear about the octopuses (and the cuttlefish - he does give decent billing to cuttlefish!). Pretty sure they weren't worth the book as a whole, but I did enjoy the anecdotes. :)
BrokenTune 4 years ago
Hehe. Cuttlefish... Were the cuttlefish bits in the book better than this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GDwOi7HpHtQ ?
Murder by Death 4 years ago
::snort:: no, not quite. I love those True Facts... "hope it didn't go up her nose"... lol

Have you seen the mantis shrimp one? :)
BrokenTune 4 years ago
Hahaha "Just like the modern clown, the mantis shrimp has a psycohpathic killer instinct..."
BrokenTune 4 years ago
Thanks for this. I was wanting to read this but it doesn't sound like the book I was hoping for.
Elentarri's Book Blog 4 years ago
Agreed. If the title says octopus and consciousness one expects octopuses and how they are "conscious", how they think etc. Not author fluffiness.
BrokenTune 4 years ago
Exactly!
Murder by Death 4 years ago
Yeah ... no. Not much at all about how they think - but lots of philosophical musing (with a solid basis in hard science, to be fair) on what that consciousness might mean, or how alike or unalike it is to ours.

Happy to take one for the team! I'd never say don't try it for yourselves, it has its merits, but ... I wouldn't put my money on either of you liking it a lot (maybe somebody else's money).
Tannat 4 years ago
Isn't the author a philosopher?
Murder by Death 4 years ago
I couldn't say. I don't research authors, or honestly, really pay any attention to them at all unless they make a significant impression through their writing. ::shrug::
Tannat 4 years ago
I generally have a peek at the author's bio for non-fiction books. So that I have an idea what to expect.