Let me just say I'm not sure how I feel about giving this book 2 stars. I've been in the tarantula hobby for 8 years now. Recently I've started collecting every piece of published literature on the subject I can find. This book almost seems like an insult for the hobby. Its broken down into 7 chapters. Nothing in this book is above a 3rd grade science material. The "info" and uninformed opinions in this book wouldn't bother me had it been written in the 50s-60s. Sadly, it has a 2006 publishing stamp. The housing discussion section is so general that no matter what tarantula you would choose you'd have to get online for a caresheet anyway. Breeding section is a waste no helpful info for someone looking to take on a breeding project. And oh please dear god don't use a heatpad as he mentions in "extra heat" column. You'll fry that spider faster than a deathrow inmate in Texas. As far as "additional notes" section once again keeping the pattern of really bland at least he gives you the scientific names so you know how to spell them on google. He said something about their being like 100 sp.... I'm sorry the correct answer is over 500. & to tie it all together the 7th chapter is titled "other interesting spiders" where he gives you the same general run on widows, wolves, jumpers ect. If you are a new T owner, a soon 2b owner, or just looking out of curiosity I wouldn't get this one. I would recommend Vosjollies Arachnomania if you want a book or even the Tarantula Keepers Guide. Other info, questions, emergencys, troubles, ect. Hit the Arachnophiles or Arachnoboards forums. For a collector/ avid hobbiest this book can find a spot on the bookshelf behind all the others you may aquire (it gives my collection that cheesy horror movie in the back feel).