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Bushmaster: Ditmars and the World's Largest Viper

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Post by mjd123 » June 23rd, 2015, 5:05 pm

Hans, its a great book. I had a chance to read it prior to publishing and thought the author did a wonderful job. He also used some of my old photos of Ditmars.

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Post by Hans Breuer (twoton) » June 25th, 2015, 12:55 am

Thanks very much!! Ordered! (well, actually, I ordered it right after I posted the above, but that's me :-))

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Post by The Real Snake Man » July 16th, 2015, 10:15 am

I saw someone on Amazon complain about grammatical errors. That is one thing I cannot tolerate in a book, at least when they appear to be excessive (I mean, every book has typos). Can anyone verify that this complaint was valid, and whether or not it hampered the reading experience?

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Post by Hans Breuer (twoton) » July 17th, 2015, 3:37 am

Will verify when I've read it. Nothing, not even bad writing, puts me off like grammatical and orthographical errors.....
The Real Snake Man wrote:I saw someone on Amazon complain about grammatical errors. That is one thing I cannot tolerate in a book, at least when they appear to be excessive (I mean, every book has typos). Can anyone verify that this complaint was valid, and whether or not it hampered the reading experience?

-Gene

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Re: Bushmaster: Ditmars and the World's Largest Viper

Post by Tom Lott » July 17th, 2015, 12:41 pm

There's a review of this book, appropriately, in the Trinidad Guardian, which may be viewed HERE.

I recently finished the book, and while it does contain some typographical errors and a few puzzling sentences, they were not so numerous as to mar the experience. It is best viewed as a newer biography of Ditmars that does contain some information about the man of which I was unaware. Any reader with more than a superficial interest in herpetology, however, will be quite conscious of the fact that it was not written by a herper - so don't expect to gain any better understanding of Lachesis sp. by reading it.

One stylistic issue that I found somewhat distracting was the author's constant switching back and forth between his contemporary research on Ditmars and his narrative of Ditmars' biography. Since the author is a filmmaker, this style would probably be better served in that medium than in book form. I also highly suspect that some of the purported dialogue quoted in the older segments is most likely fictional.

It's an interesting read, but not terribly informative.

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Post by csalemi731 » July 24th, 2015, 11:10 am

I am a few chapters into the book and agree with the typos and switching back and forth between ditmars and the writers experiences. I am enjoying it so far. i have always been a fan of ditmars, Beebe (who is mentioned in the book as well) and any other book relating to the history of the bronx zoo.

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Post by Hans Breuer (twoton) » December 22nd, 2015, 8:08 pm

I finished the book a while ago, and most of the above is true. Very engaging book about a very interesting man. However, the World's Largest Viper touted in the title gets rather short treatment.

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