Ten Million Aliens: A Journey Through the Entire Animal Kingdom

Ten Million Aliens: A Journey Through the Entire Animal Kingdom

Life on planet earth is not weirder than we imagine. It's weirder than we are capable of imagining. And we're all in it together: humans, blue whales, rats, birds of paradise, ridiculous numbers of beetles, molluscs the size of a bus, the sexual gladiators of slugs, bdelliod rotifers who haven't had sex for millions of years and creatures called water bears: you can boil them, freeze them and fire them off into space without killing them

We're all part of the animal kingdom, appearing in what Darwin called 'endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful'. In this breathtakingly audacious book Simon Barnes has brought us all together, seeking not what separates us but what unites us. He takes us white-water rafting through the entire animal kingdom in a book that brings in deep layers of arcane knowledge, the works of Darwin and James Joyce, Barnes's own don't-try-this-at-home adventures in the wild, David Attenborough and Sherlock Holmes.

Title:Ten Million Aliens: A Journey Through the Entire Animal Kingdom
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781476730356
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    Ten Million Aliens: A Journey Through the Entire Animal Kingdom Reviews

  • Shelley

    Stephen Fry promised a "compulsively readable" and "endlessly thrilling" book; the cartoon pictures promised me quirky animal facts. This book delivered neither. I had to give up at page 98 because it...

  • Tweedledum

    Simon Barnes has composed an animal compendium like no other. Alternating between vertebrates and invertebrates, each short chapter features a tantalising glimpse of an animal family, genus or species...

  • Mark

    I was really looking forward to reading this; a book that promised to explore the weird and wonderful ways that a myriad of creatures have evolved to cope with the situations that they find themselves...

  • Jennifer

    I am familiar with Simon Barnes' style of nature writing and I like it. I owe a great deal to his How to Be A Bad Birdwatcher.There are wonderful books and TV programmes which have glossy images to go...

  • Patrick Book

    This is easily one of the most interesting books I have ever read. The notion of writing about every single type of animal on the planet at first seemed laughably ludicrous; once I started reading Bar...

  • Michelle Lancaster

    TEN MILLION ALIENS: A JOURNEY THROUGH THE ENTIRE ANIMAL KINGDOM BY SIMON BARNESMore info about this book at powells.com (new window)Fact: Octopuses are the only known invertebrates to use tools, arran...

  • Anetq

    It is exactly what it says: A journey through the entire animal kingdom - and a fun trip it is! A great mix of anecdotes from a life of watching animals in exotic places (and Surrey). A fascinating lo...

  • PDXReader

    This is one of those books I envision reading a chapter or two in bed and exclaiming to my trying-to-sleep spouse: "Listen to this! Did you know the naked mole rat is one of only two mammals that live...

  • Elentarri

    Bathroom reader. This is a book entirely of short (2-4 pages) semi-biographical, semi-science factual snippets about a variety of animals (no plants included) from the smallest to the largest. To be e...

  • Penny

    Occasionally felt a bit bogged down with this - one of those books you sometimes have to read the same sentence over and over to try and make sense of it.It consists of very short chapters and I proba...