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Book of the Spider

3.45  ·  Rating Details ·  42 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
THE FASCINATING TRUTH BEHIND WEB WEAVERSDespite Little Miss Muffet's well-documented confrontation, most spiders are quite harmless--except to smaller bugs. In THE BOOK OF THE SPIDER, spider specialist Paul Hillyard explores the engaging world of arachnids--especially the funny and often absurd ways in which humans respond to more than 35,000 known species of spiders. Cove ...more
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Published March 1st 1998 by Harper Perennial (first published 1994)
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Kate Turner
May 25, 2009 Kate Turner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nature, bugs
This book contains a wealth of folklore and facts about a much-maligned creature. I recommend it, of course, if you already love spiders, but I ESPECIALLY recommend it if you fear spiders -- it might change your perspective a little!
Shea Mastison
Oct 16, 2012 Shea Mastison rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Paul Hillyard is a surprisingly charming British "spider specialist." This book is an excellent introductory read on our eight-legged fellows; it covers aspects of biology, mythology, and popular sentiment to paint a fascinating picture of spiders.

Personally, I'm not the biggest fan of the little beasties. However, this book has altered my perspective enough to make me want to read more. If I'm able; I certainly plan on reading more from Hillyard.

Kay
A treasury of spider lore, mostly attempting to boost the much-maligned creature's reputation. According to Hellyard, only three percent of the populace "enjoys" spiders. I can't honestly say I always enjoy them, but I will say I find them fascinating. Lots of hows and whys in this book, though it's by no means comprehensive.
Gwyn
Oct 02, 2008 Gwyn marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Ok, just kidding. I will never read this book.
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