Related to the last post about Southern fire ants, have you seen The Fire Ants by Walter R. Tschinkel?
You would think that a book that is over 700 pages long about a single topic, and fire ants at that, would be pretty dreadful reading. Surprise! The Fire Ants has all the elements of a great literary work. It makes you laugh, it makes you cry. Walter Tschinkel turns out to be a scientist with a talent for writing far more than just straight research papers. As E.O. Wilson says in the Foreword, “He has delivered a masterpiece.”
I have been thinking about reviewing The Fire Ants for several months, but wasn’t sure how to tackle it because there is so much to discuss. It would be a huge post.
What would you think about taking a few chapters at a time and having a discussion? Any interest?
Let me know what you think.