am 8. August 2013
Well, I do really really really love this book, too. Why add more words? Well, this extraordinary book simply deserves many many more. Because it is not only a fabulous book about bumblebees, mirroring the author's passion and enthusiasm as well as exceptional knowledge gained out of practical work and playing and trying, with an outstanding scientifical background. But in the first place the author's aptitude to share all this with you in a thrilling and easily understandable, witty and enjoyable language does make this book a real gem. Dave Goulson's art of writing takes you with him - even as far as Tasmania - and lets you take part and increasingly get involved in all his adventures with any kind of bumblebees. Getting out - be it to my garden or a real meadow - will never be what it was. My eyes are attracted by special flowers and always eager to discover one of these furry humble bees, in reality so specialized and absolutely fascinating. Dave knows how to broaden your horizon and give you a better understanding of how things are connected, how these tiny animals are interwoven with our life. No crime ore fiction thriller can be more enthralling, it's a nail-biter. Have a lot of laughs and get fairly wiser!
am 15. Oktober 2014
This book tells the tale of a passionate scientist that embarked on a quest to save the little things of this world that are so very important, yet overlooked by so many. Professor Goulson has a brilliant mind that manages to translate expert scientific knowledge into an unescapably captivating story for absolutely anyone (you don’t need any previous knowledge on bees or science in general to enjoy this book)! ‘A Sting in the Tale’ is a delightful piece of literature with amazing stories that will make you laugh on multiple occasions! The author delivers a perfect composition of fascinating information about bumblebees, important messages on conservation issues, and personal experiences that depict the process of scientific research from an entertaining and adventurous perspective. It is not just a good read, but also helps to raise awareness of a range of problems that need to be addressed. Enthusiastic people like Dave Goulson who strive to save the beauty of the natural world should be supported in every possible way! In saying that, ‘A Sting in the Tale’ makes a great gift too if you want to help ‘spread the word’!
It is truly difficult to stop reading once you start - I absolutely loved this book and I cannot recommend it highly enough! Excitingly, the sequel ‘A Buzz in the Meadow’ was released last month - it is equally brilliant!
am 9. August 2015
This account of bumblebee life is a prime example of popular science that is neither simplistic nor too complicated and always remains highly readable. Goulson gives the reader extensive information about the hazards faced by bumblebee colonies, the challenges they encounter in establishing successful colonies, and also the effects of climate change which exacerbate the precarious lives these insects face. Goulson describes the search for various species that have virtually disappeared in the U.K. yet still thrive in New Zealand, where they were introduced decades ago. The person who has read this book will no doubt consider these insects with respect and appreciation for their usefulness and beauty.