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    Karnivoren: A Review



    Karnivoren: Die Welt der Fleischfressenden Pflanzen (Carnivores: The World of Meat-Eating Plants) by Thomas Carow is perhaps the most stunning book of images dedicated to carnivorous plants in print; and I don't doubt that Carow had to remove his fair share of leeches in the process, and take his Chloroquine and Primaquine with the Germanic precision afforded his photography. The author himself is also a well-known dealer in carnivorous plants in his native Germany; and, together with fellow nurseryman, Andreas Wistuba, have described a number of Heliamphora species, including H. chimantensis, H. folliculata, and H. sarracenioides.

    All of the carnivorous genera are well-represented in cultivation and their native habitats; and the landscapes from Venezuela's tepuis, the bogs of North America, the mountain ranges of Northern Europe, to Malaysia's mist-shrouded Mount Kinabalu, are just as impressive as the exotic plants themselves. Also, there is a certain "spartan" quality to Carow's field images that is fairly rare; too many natural history books still border on a game of "Where's Waldo?" when seeking out their subjects. The text -- though entirely in German -- is quickly forgotten once you see these images culled from Carow's twenty years of photography in the stickier parts of the world.

    Keep in mind, Karnivoren
    is definitely on the pricey side -- EUR 37.29 (currently about 60 bucks) -- but who needs two kidneys and an odd adrenal gland anyway? They're overrated at best.

    Plus, das Fettkraut sounds far more threatening and predatory than having to deal with a tiny pot of limp-wristed "butterworts" . . .
    “Sì perché l'autorità dell'opinione di mille nelle scienze non val per una scintilla di ragione di un solo . . ."

    -- Galileo "Biff" Galilei

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigBella View Post

    Overrated at best.
    Why? Were the photos not all that great?
    that makes no logic

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    Quote Originally Posted by Finch View Post
    Why? Were the photos not all that great?
    No, it's a joke, regarding its price. A kidney and an adrenal gland are "overrated."

    “Sì perché l'autorità dell'opinione di mille nelle scienze non val per una scintilla di ragione di un solo . . ."

    -- Galileo "Biff" Galilei

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    Ah. Your review is so well written, as well as not being either all in italics or not, I had assumed the non italicized portions not including the book name was copy and pasted from a book review site, and that your opinion was that it was overrated (because of the italics) by the book review site.

    Consider it a compliment towards your excellent review.
    that makes no logic

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    Well, thanks . . .
    “Sì perché l'autorità dell'opinione di mille nelle scienze non val per una scintilla di ragione di un solo . . ."

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