Looking for Knowledge wrote:Guns, Germs, and Steel
How is it? I saw the PBS series on this, which was pretty good, and figured I should read the book.
As a couple previous posters stated, it's a good read.
I enjoy learning, and that's a big part of this book for me. For example, I learned about seeds yesterday. A large percentage of wild almonds contain a lethal amount of cyanide, some seeds need to pass through an animal's digestive track to germinate, etc.
It all just reminds me that humans are another species on this planet and like the rest we need to move, die, or adapt to our ever changing environment(s). Survivors are not always the strongest or the most advanced....and sometimes survival means the eradication of another life-form.
Chuck Palahniuk's Guts short story on his website gives me nightmares
I read Chuck Palahniuk's "RANT" in between chapters on Guns, Germs, and Steel. It was smaller and made for a better travel book.
It's a fun read too. I love Chuck's books. Sick and twisted at its best. I hear they made Choke into a movie and are maybe working on Invisible Monsters. Choke and Margaret Atwood's Oryx and Crake
are two of my all time favorite novels. I'm sad when books like those end.