Sunday AI: When has your curiosity gotten the better of you?
I was looking up a reference book on Amazon, and it happened again. Amazon recommended a book for me that was so strange, I couldn’t resist the temptation to download it.
Today, it was a book about were-spiders. I had to buy it.
Because….WERESPIDERS. I can’t wait to find out what kind of webs they spin.
A couple of weeks ago it was a book called “Kilts and Kraken” (in which I discovered that “Release the Kraken!” is a Scottish sexual euphemism), and the week before that something called “The Firefly Witch,” which had a disappointing amount of fireflies–i.e, none. I bought a book about carnivorous genetically modified thrips, and another one about carnivorous dust mites. You heard about “Bug, Naked” and the heroine’s web-slinging vagina last year.
You are probably sensing a theme here. Fiction books with insects or invertebrates in them are like a UV light to a moth for me–I can’t resist them. With the advent of eBooks, I can now discover random odd books and download them with one click. (Warning: eBooks are a gateway drug. For book addicts like me, this can rapidly develop into an expensive habit.)
Even when the books are terrible, I usually still have fun reading them. And as someone who wants to write fiction, but doesn’t seem to have it in me to actually write a book, I feel a little guilty about being publicly critical of a author’s efforts. (Unless it’s something like The Worst Book I’ve Ever Read EVAR, Cicada Summer. I can only describe it as “Sexist, Racist Plan 9 from Outer Space with Reproductively Deviant Giant Grasshoppers.” That one I lambasted with no guilt at all.)
What books can’t you resist? Have you read anything on an impulse that was fun?
The Afternoon Inquisition (or AI) is a question posed to you, the Skepchick community. Look for it to appear Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 3pm ET.