Curious, exciting, and slightly disturbing

This weekend I’ve been wrapping up unfinished projects. One of those projects was reading Kraken: The Curious, Exciting, and Slightly Disturbing Science of Squid¬†(ISBN¬†0810984652).

The book is exactly what you might expect from the title: a quirky little book about squid. I didn’t particularly enjoy it, but that’s my fault. I just wasn’t as interested in reading a quirky little book about squid as I thought I would when the publisher offered me a copy. Squid are bizarre creatures, and some other time I might enjoy reading more about them.

The title is terrific. I probably wouldn’t have given the book a second thought if it had been entitled, for example, Teuthology. And the title isn’t just sensational; squid really are curious, possibly exciting, and at least slightly disturbing.