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Dr. Tatiana's Sex Advice to All Creation by Olivia Judson
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Nov 24, 2008

it was amazing
bookshelves: science, non-fiction
Read in January, 2002

Pop-science books are quite hard to write, because the author is often too close to their subject and tends to make assumptions about the reader.

Olivia Judson side-steps this issue nicely by adopting an alternate persona of a sort of tv confessional show host as her authorial voice, and maintaining this conceit throughout the book, which is a glorious romp through the insane reproductive methods employed throughout the living world, from assexual to multisexual and all points in-between.

She takes particular delight in illustrating that what we consider to be somehow unique human perversions are not only mirrored in the animal world, but sometimes made to look pretty tame by comparison.

Don't expect a serious textbook on evolutionary biology - there's very little here that tries to explain why these strange circumstances came about; instead just enjoy the wild ride.
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Charlie Thanks for reviewing that Scurra. It sounds like a really good book. I may have to get hold of a copy :-)

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