My review of Mark Moffett’s new ant book appears this morning in Myrmecological News:
Let me start with the obvious: Adventures among ants is the most visually stunning ant book ever published.
The physical product, from glossy paper to the tasteful font, is an aesthetic tour de force. The photographs are … well, this is a Mark Moffett book, and unless you’ve been hiding under a rock for the past two decades – a reasonable place for a myrmecologist, I suppose – you’ll know that Moffett is the National Geographic photographer responsible for much of that magazine’s insect imagery from the 1980s onwards. The photographs are spectacular. The retro cover suggests 1950′s era pulp movies and would itself make a fine poster. You’ll be glad you bought this book even if you never read a word of it.
But read it you will, because Moffett is also a born storyteller. Therein lies the book’s greatest strength and its greatest weakness.