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5.0 out of 5 stars further reading for worm enthusiasts
Never mind the poor reviews this is a good read for the wormery owner who would like to expand their knowledge of the little wrigglers.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Fails to inspire
Principally it is important to understand that Amy Stewart, the author of 'The earth moved' is principally a gardener and as such the book is dominated by and large to the benefits of earthworms to the gardening and to a similar extent farming communities, and how these benefits can be further developed. Indeed the book would be more accurately sub-titled 'On the...
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Fails to inspire, 12 July 2007
Principally it is important to understand that Amy Stewart, the author of 'The earth moved' is principally a gardener and as such the book is dominated by and large to the benefits of earthworms to the gardening and to a similar extent farming communities, and how these benefits can be further developed. Indeed the book would be more accurately sub-titled 'On the remarkable uses of earthworms'.

There are undoubtedly interesting parts such as the regeneration phenomenon and the intelligence of earthworms but these parts are underdeveloped and largely sidelined in favour of the way earthworms can be utilised. Stewart mentions Darwin a lot which is somewhat odd as the remit of this book is a far cry from Darwin's studies which concentrated on the more interesting subject of earthworm behaviour.

The main problem with this book is that it is too long. Everything the book has to say could have been fitted concisely into a book half this size and would have retained interest a lot better. Instead Stewart stretches the book to 200 pages and in doing so repeats a lot of what she writes and labours many points so they become dull and tiresome.

Stewart is not an experienced author of books, and making the subject of earthworms interesting to a non-scientific audience is a difficult task for the best of writers. Unfortunately she has gone about it the wrong way and is somewhat uninspiring except to a select audience of farmers and amateur gardeners. However what the book does give you is an introduction to a surprisingly interesting subject which may lead you to reach for other books or journals which are more focused on your point of earthworm interest.
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5.0 out of 5 stars further reading for worm enthusiasts, 9 Mar 2009
Never mind the poor reviews this is a good read for the wormery owner who would like to expand their knowledge of the little wrigglers.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Too long and boring at times, 27 Dec 2007
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G. J. Pilkington (Warrington, Cheshire United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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I wonder why Amy Stewart wrote this book? If it was to share with people the huge benefits that earthworms bestow on mankind and to bring this to the publics attention, then I feel she went about this the wrong way. Yes there were some interesting snip bits in it, though I feel she tried to hard to give it some sort of pseudo science credibility by referring to Darwin. She also mentions other scientist she had met who were researching earthworms. I was disappointed in it. I just don't know why it was written. The Earth did not move for me here!

Many people here in the UK do not give worms a thought at all. Others simply do not like them. Other books out there try a different approach, and are far more readable and give far more practical advise as to exactly why and what exactly are the remarkable achievements of earthworms are, for example the UK book "Composting with worms, why waste your waste" and the American book, though now a little dated,"Worms eat my garbage", both available on Amazon. These books describe tangible ways and give everyday practical reasons why we should look at our earthworms in a more favourable light.
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