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Spiders (Collins Gem) Paperback – 2 Aug 2004


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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Collins (2 Aug 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007191715
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007191710
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 1.5 x 11.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 46,405 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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63 of 66 people found the following review helpful By OzoneGirl on 10 April 2006
Format: Paperback
I recently bought this little book to try to find out about the spiders I come across in the countryside, in my garden, & in my home!
I was really disappointed with it, as although the book is pocket size & easy to slip into a rucksack to take on a walk, unfortunately, it is DIFFICULT TO USE. It's the categorisation that makes it so UN-useable: spiders from all over the world (from the same families but) that look very different are listed together, & there is no quick reference to help you pick out the European from the rest of the world. Also British spiders are not specifically categorised. Most disappointingly, many of the pictures are very poor: indistinct & blurred, & their tiny size acerbates the problem. I have yet to locate a spider in the book that I've seen in real life, apart from a very poisonous Australian one that I saw many years ago!
I was particularly disappointed as I have other Pocket Gems that are much more practical to use: such as the one on Mushrooms, which is clearly categorised & has excellent pictures.
My disappointment is so great that this is the 1st book that I've felt strongly enough about to consider returning, & the 1st time I've written a review (since there are no others to warn people).
On the plus side: it does seem to contain many of the world's spiders!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Pyewacket TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 19 July 2012
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I bought this little book because I am fascinated by the different species of spider that seem to take up residence in our home. Also in the garden there are numerous spiders ranging from little teeny tiny ones to the fairly large so called 'Harvest Spider'.

I think this is an excellent little book and I managed to easily identify the spiders that I took photos of. The pictures are all very clear and the descriptions of each spider are very well written too.

Full marks to Collins for this series of 'Gem' books.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By book devourer on 21 Oct 2012
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If you want to poke around your garden and shed to try to identify the critters you find this book won't be of much use. Do buy it however if you want to have a flick-through, colourful guide to a wide range of different types of spider found all across the globe along with some basic biology and facts.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By TM on 8 Jan 2010
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Handy little book with interesting details on hundreds of spiders with plenty of nice quality pictures.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By eccybex on 4 Oct 2013
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Love this book, have read it from cover to cover even though I am not a massive spider fan, I could not help but find the types of spiders and facts very interesting, I was amazed at the amount of species that there are.

A good little book that tells you enough about the spiders, and which countries you find them in. 10/10
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ian on 24 May 2013
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Good reference book, lots of photo's and descriptions. If you like spiders you'll like it. Can't go wrong with the price.
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By lisa on 7 July 2014
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my son loved this book really helped him with his project for school, quick to come
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A perfect addition to the collection of natural history book which, because of their size, are perfect to carry in the car.
Each is a help for on the spot identification.
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