Earth Moved, The Paperback – 4 Apr 2012
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" You know a book is good when you actually welcome one of those howling days of wind and sleet that makes going out next to impossible"
-- The New York Times
" An admirable portrait of that tireless ploughman: the earthworm...A nifty piece of natural history. Earthworms of the world can stand a little taller."
-- Kirkus Reviews
"An admirable portrait of that tireless ploughman: the earthworm...A nifty piece of natural history. Earthworms of the world can stand a little taller."
"You know a book is good when you actually welcome one of those howling days of wind and sleet that makes going out next to impossible"
--The New York Times
-You know a book is good when you actually welcome one of those howling days of wind and sleet that makes going out next to impossible-
--The New York Times
About the Author
Amy Stewart is the award-winning author of six books on the perils and pleasures of the natural world. She is the cofounder of the popular blog Garden Rant and is a contributing editor at Fine Gardening magazine. She and her husband live in Eureka, California, where they own an antiquarian bookstore called Eureka Books.
Top customer reviews
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.
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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