Ten stars! This book was wonderful. Yes, I was browsing the "New Items" shelves at the public library and stumbled upon this and I was like, "Bats! I...moreTen stars! This book was wonderful. Yes, I was browsing the "New Items" shelves at the public library and stumbled upon this and I was like, "Bats! I love bats! Full-colour pictures, awesome!" Totally didn't intend on actually reading it, but I did. I read every word and I learned so very much and it is awesome.
Though, no offense to bat scientists (chiropterologists), but the bats in this book have the most boring of names. Gray Bat. Cave Bat. Big Brown Bat. Arizona Bat. California Bat. Lesser Long-nosed Bat. C'mon people, they are amazing creatures and they should have amazing names. For example, the Lesser Long-nosed Bat is a pollinator of agave plants. And agave gives us tequila. And tequila gives us margaritas. And margaritas give us happiness. So, I propose these bats now be called "Bats of Happiness" or at least, "Margarita Bats."
Let me begin by saying this book has some wonderful, detailed information about rum, rum's history, and the world's history as affected by rum. It str...moreLet me begin by saying this book has some wonderful, detailed information about rum, rum's history, and the world's history as affected by rum. It strayed from the point here and there, and I was disappointed to not read anything about the alleged court case in 1970 over the invention of the Mai Tai (they say the court ruled in favor of Trader Vic). For the information in the book, solid 4 stars.
But why, you ask, does it get one star? Well, it gets one star because if I could give negative stars, I would. I try extremely hard to not judge a book by its author, so much so that if reading something from a new-to-me author, I will not read the author bio until I finish the book, if at all.
But I started to get a little uneasy around Chapter 9: Rum as Sacrament: Voodoo and Obeah. There were little things in the writing that showed biased reverence toward Christianity and Catholicism over the other religions, if even so subtle as how a god is referred to. So, I broke my own rule and read the author bio and lo! he has a lot of Catholic-centric writing under his belt.
Or not sneaky. Just, I guess, naive of me to think that a book about rum might be safe from some tones.
And then, it was just downhill from there. The blatant insinuation that the choices to terminate a pregnancy or the choice to use contraception is indicative of shitty morals. The FUCKING AUDACITY that taxes on condoms and contraceptives should be dubbed "sin taxes," a label which already bothers me. And the the cherry on top, the fucking cherry on top for me was the phrase "terminating a fetus." One chooses to terminate a PREGNANCY. Ughhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I know there are many other people who are fine with this sort of bias. It's just not for me. And yes, I know I'm going to get a bunch of you self-righteous, sexually frustrated haters commenting on this review, even though it's likely I know more about Catholicism than you do.
Maybe along with spewing hateful comments, you can pray for me! Bring a dollar to church and light a candle for me, etc. etc.(less)
The audiobook is very well-read and engaging. That is what earned it 5 stars instead of 4. I like that Gladwell talks about some elephants in some roo...moreThe audiobook is very well-read and engaging. That is what earned it 5 stars instead of 4. I like that Gladwell talks about some elephants in some rooms. (less)