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Rat: How the World's Most Notorious Rodent Clawed its Way to the top
by Jerry Langton | Pets & Animals
Registered by wingeponine38wing of Winchester, Massachusetts USA on 7/12/2016
Average 7 star rating by BookCrossing Members 

status (set by rubyrebel): to be read

4 journalers for this copy...

Journal Entry 1 by wingeponine38wing from Winchester, Massachusetts USA on Tuesday, July 12, 2016

9 out of 10

I’ve read and enjoyed other books about rats, see
which is strange because, despite my affection for many other rodents, these creatures scare the heck out of me. Maybe it’s this attraction-revulsion that makes me so interested in reading about them. And they are amazing creatures, bound to outlast most other species.

This book is a somewhat short, but interesting and informative read by a Canadian author, Jerry Langton. Some of the information he shares is from his experiences in Toronto, but I think rats and their behavior are pretty much the same everywhere. :-)

The writing style is easy to read and feels more like a conversation between author and reader than a typical nonfiction book. I appreciate this!

An interesting tidbit I learned is that there is a word for rats’ preference of sticking close to walls or other objects when traveling: thigmophilia, which means “love of touching”.

Langton starts with a history of the rat and how they were able to colonize most parts of the world. He also discusses the Plague (of course; what book about rats would be complete without it?); differences between the black (Rattus rattus) and brown, or Norway, rat (Rattus norvegicus); various means of extermination with their pros and cons; lab rats; and the people who own and love rats and try to defend their reputation.

I just loved this quick and interesting read!

Journal Entry 2 by wingeponine38wing at Winchester, Massachusetts USA on Wednesday, July 13, 2016

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Released 1 yr ago (7/13/2016 UTC) at Winchester, Massachusetts USA


Traveling in Mary Zee's Biographies of Things Bookbox.  

Journal Entry 3 by wing6of8wing at Silver Spring, Maryland USA on Sunday, July 31, 2016

This book has not been rated.

I had to chuckle when I saw that the last 3 numbers of the BCID were 666. That sums up many people's thoughts about rats. I don't mind them as pets, but not so crazy about seeing them in the wild in the city.

At any rate, this book was in the book box when I opened it tonight. I am taking the contents of the box to meet-up tomorrow because some of the locals have expressed an interest. After that, we shall see what happens.  

Journal Entry 4 by wing6of8wing at -- Mail or by hand-rings, RABCK, meetings, Maryland USA on Friday, January 20, 2017

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Released 1 yr ago (1/20/2017 UTC) at -- Mail or by hand-rings, RABCK, meetings, Maryland USA


This book is in the Biography of Things BookBox and is off to travel the country.

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Journal Entry 5 by wingGoryDetailswing at Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Tuesday, February 28, 2017

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I'm claiming this from the Biographies of Things bookbox. Turns out I enjoyed Robert Sullivan's book Rats, the same title mentioned by eponine38; will see how this book compares. [I'm rather fond of rats and mice, though when they invade the house I am forced to declare war on them.] 

Journal Entry 6 by wingGoryDetailswing at Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Thursday, July 13, 2017

7 out of 10

Fairly thorough, a quick read some good information - but there was one thing that really rankled with me. The author includes a few news items and letters as section-header lead-ins, a reasonable idea - but three of those items came from the same online petition to stop a proposed ban of pet rats in Saskatchewan, with two of the three apparently selected for their misspellings, grammatical errors, and all-caps ranting. The third one was relatively calm and reasonable, though even then the headline was "Don't Take Are Rats" - and even if the original petition may have featured more misspelled or ranting posts than reasonable ones (and may, for all I know, have included the grammatical error in its own heading), I thought that the presence of those items indicated a not-very-nice bias on the author's part, suggesting that "people who want to keep pet rats are illiterate and/or crazy". So... yeah. When he does discuss pet rats he points out that they're a very different breed than the wild ones, but I didn't think those letters added anything to the book.

The most unnerving segments, to me, were the ones about the ecological damage that rats have done to isolated island communities - though even then, whenever the author talked about their habit of consuming the available resources and spoiling much of what they don't eat, all I could think was "Yeah, they're a lot like people, aren't they?" {wry grin}

The sections on the history and evolution of rats, and on their adaptability to different climates and food sources, were definitely interesting and colorful. And it's all too clear that they're a prolific and resilient species, likely to out-adapt us! 

Journal Entry 7 by wingGoryDetailswing at Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Thursday, July 13, 2017

7 out of 10

Released 11 mos ago (7/14/2017 UTC) at Nashua, New Hampshire USA


I'm sending this to BCer rubyrebel in Ohio as part of the US/Canada wishlist tag game. Enjoy!

*** Released for the 2017 Keep Them Moving release challenge. ***  

Journal Entry 8 by rubyrebel at Toledo, Ohio USA on Tuesday, July 18, 2017

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thank you for this wonderful wishlist book 

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