Steve's Herpetological Blog

An insight into the life of Steve, his research and the many books he reads

Book Review

#StevesLibrary: I, Mammal

My reading tendencies lead to me reading books on all kinds of topics, depending on what I decide to pick up off of the shelf at that moment time. Sometimes I pick a book on a topic, with which I…

#StevesLibrary: The Brilliant Abyss

This may be one of the newest books I’ve reviewed in a while, as The Brilliant Abyss was published only earlier on this year. I was lucky enough to pick up my copy second-hand in a charity shop, which I…

#StevesLibrary: Guns, Germs, and Steel

To me, Guns, Germs and Steel is one of those books that has revolutionised our thinking about the modern world. It is in the same realm of The Selfish Gene and Sapiens, in having helped disseminate ideas with far reaching…

#StevesLibrary: Symphony in C

When I first picked up Symphony in C, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Unfortunately, the hardback I read did not have the frog on the cover (as that shown below), but instead had a periodic table. I’m happy to…

#StevesLibrary: The Orchid Hunter

After reading The Butterfly Isles earlier on in the year, I went looking for other books that had a similar story to them. Just to recap, in Barkham’s fantastic book, he spends the summer trying to see every species of…

#StevesLibrary: The Dinosaurs Rediscovered

As a six-year-old, there was nothing that captivated me more than dinosaurs. This obsession always seems to take hold at the moment in time, I’m also sure that most people have had a similar experience (who doesn’t love a good…

#StevesLibrary: Liquid

After recently finishing Stuff Matters by Mark Miodownik, I knew I had to read his other book, Liquid. Mark Miodownik has a very engaging writing style which makes it effortless to learn about new things (such as material science). Just…

#StevesLibrary: Stolen World

Whenever you next walk into a pet shop that stocks exotic animals, take a look at the reptiles that stare back at you from their vivariums. It is very likely that you’ll find species such as the royal python (Python…

#StevesLibrary: Parasite Rex

One the most fascinating modules I took as an undergraduate was one on parasitology, which up until that point I knew very little about. It’s one of those worlds that usually causes disgust with the general public (as with snakes,…

#StevesLibrary: Outbreaks and Epidemics

For obvious reasons, I’ve spent some time this year reading books regarding the outbreak of disease and it’s consequences. It would surprise me if more people hadn’t, especially given the circumstance we’ve found ourselves in. Back in January, I read…