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A good book, with important points to make
on 13 March 2017
A good book, with important points to make, but, boy, does he take his time over it. The book's central argument about island biodiversity could have been efficiently told in half the space, and there is so much padding about what a particular scientist was wearing and how they spoke and other not very interesting irrelevancies, that I found my interest fading. Bryson can get away with this, because he's a hugely entertaining writer: Quammen is not quite able to do the same. Nevertheless, there much of interest here, and I I'd recommend it. Just skip the 'Bob was a big man in brown suede shoes, with a laugh like molten lava spreading over a tray of cupcakes' passages.