Quammen writes fabulous prose. The articles are humorous and fascinating, with exactly the right amount of scientific background provided for the average (non-biologist) reader. It's also a great book for taking on a trip because of its format. I highly recommend this book.
This book accompanied me on a trip to Australia. The articles are a perfect length and very entertaining. The article on the Great Barrier Reef was a nice addition, as I had a chance to experience some of Quammen's vivid descriptions.
Technical, yet understandable to anyone; Informative, yet wild and entertaining. That is how I would describe Flight of The Igauna. A friend gave this book to me in Glacier National Park last summer and I never got the chance to thank her for it. Dave Quammen takes takes the reader to his journey through the Okefenokee Swamp to a description of the interesting mating rituals by African bedbugs. He has a cynical voice but a compassionate heart. Nature is so fragile, complex, beautiful. We humans must realize this. A great book. You'll love it, a I did! Promise!