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This is a great album for two reasons:
1. The length of the songs. I believe it was Pink Floyd's intention to make an album that they would not be able to get one song off of for the radio, and I think they succeeded with that here. With two songs at under two minutes and three at over ten, the three minute single is thrown by the wayside here. However, there is a version of Pigs on the Wing that connects both parts one and two with a nice tasteful guitar solo, but I am not sure what album it comes from, if any, because I happened to find it on a sharing site.
2. The quality of the songs. Some bands it would seem make songs long just for the sake of making them long, instead of making actual long compositions. I do not consider a song that is three minutes normally with a ten minute jam session to be a thirteen minute song. Well, the songs on here are not jam sessions, they are well-structured, excellent songs. Dogs, Pigs (Three Different Ones), and Sheep might be the strongest three song lineup on any of their albums. Dogs is my personal favorite from this album, but every song is well written and superbly performed. A must buy for any Floyd fan.
Parasite Rex, a title that is inspired by some of the earth's most fear and, surprisingly, awe inducing creatures. This book has got it all--both the gruesome and disgusting facts along with the make-one-stop-and-ponder ones as well.
What made this book such a good read was that it incorporated both the facts but an interesting story as well. It read as an adventure, the reader being guided by Zimmer through the journey that he took to discover the many different parasites and their individual lifestyles. The start of the book is with how the parasites got their claim to fame and how the term parasite has gained the negative connotation. Next the reader is presented with numerous tales that different parasites embark on. For example, one learns about Trichinella and how parasites find one another. The reader is told to, "Apply the Fantastic Voyage method: It would be as if you were thrown down into a dark cavernous tunnel twelve miles long, lined on all sides with slippery, tightly packed, man-sized mushrooms,"(29). Knowing that at the end of the journey, the parasite miraculously does manage to find another of its own kind.
More intriguing knowledge is spread as the reader continues and learns that parasites are not just little worms that suck the blood out of you. Parasites are brilliant masterminds that can turn their host into a personal puppet, and themselves take the role as the puppet master. Some parasites can transform male crabs, virtually into females, so the parasite has a place for its eggs, which place is the new space it created in the male body. Parasites can even make pill bugs crawl over lighter colored gravel, making them more susceptible to being eaten by a bird, the thing that the parasite wants to happen.
Even with all of the horror stories that are told and facts that are laid out, the reader has the opportunity to see how parasites positively affect different ecological systems and the important role that they play in keeping everything in line.
This book will change how one sees the world, how one can look at an animal and not notice it for the animal that it is but rather, wonder what kind of parasite it is plagued with. After all, if one stops to ponder on it, "It is we who are the parasites, and the Earth the host," (245).
I bought the book after seeing the documentary movie. The movie and book compliment each other, but are independent of each other. I read this book in a few days. It was brilliant. This is a very complex man living in a complex time. This book got it just right. Although, it is written in short interviews, it flows well. The aurthors compiled the interviews by a timeline of Salinger's life. You may or may not like the format of the book, but I did. It worked for me. I have recommended it to everyone.