December 02, 2004
44 Down, 8 To Go

Having been incredibly busy the past few weeks, I haven't updated the books I have read. Over the next several days I'll update the status of the 52 Books In 52 Weeks project.

Book number 44 was Tears of the Cheetah, by Stephen O'Brien. The fourteen evolutionary tales in this book touch on cheetahs, whales, pandas and other animals, but the real value of this collection is the connection O'Brien makes of animal genetic studies to human health and disease. Often reading like a detective novel as O'Brien sleuths complex genetic questions, I would recommend this book to anyone even remotely interested in genetics.

My next book, The Indoor Cat: How to Understand, Enjoy, and Care for House Cats, was a birthday present from my wife. Will this book help us enrich Neko's indoor life? We'll see.

Posted by david on December 02, 2004

I've been intrigued by what I have heard about Tears of the Cheetah - it's on my list.
Is Neko named after Miss Case?

Posted by: Kevin on December 2, 2004 09:33 AM

you should check out a book called "the tribe of the tiger" if you're interested in housecats. or it might make a good gift for the missus.

Posted by: george on December 2, 2004 10:32 AM

Neko was indeed named after the talented Neko Case, it works androgynously because Neko means "cat" in Japanese. I first thought about naming our next cat (and his future playmate) Hogan (after Kelly Hogan), but someone e-mailed me that they have already done that. Our next cat will probably be named "Rilo."

Thanks for the "Tribe of the Tiger" tip. I'll enjoy it, but my wife will love it, I'm sure.

Posted by: david on December 2, 2004 11:53 AM

Sounds like a book my cat would want me to read. He's always looking for ways to turn us into more obedient humans.

Posted by: Terry on December 2, 2004 12:47 PM
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