“A fact-filled and amusing trek through nature’s dark side that adroitly combines learning and the yuck factor.”
– Kirkus Reviews
“[An] absorbing and witty, if sometimes stomach-churning, catalog of nature’s more gruesome proclivities. . . . Riskin’s book is an entertaining and informative close-up look at the ingenious tricks nature’s creatures use to survive.”
"Can a book about vampire bats and necrophiliac frogs be an uplifting experience? When Dan Riskin writes it, yes. Mother Nature Is Trying To Kill You is a no-holds romp through life's nasty, creepy, and otherwise fascinating corners."
– Carl Zimmer, author of Parasite Rex
"I am in awe of Dan's ability to make the most disgusting and repulsive things seem fascinating and, frankly, beautiful. I wish he'd write the press releases for my show. This is very cool."
– Craig Ferguson, host of The Late Late Show and author of American on Purpose
"You have to love Dan Riskin's Mother Nature Is Trying to Kill You. It's eye-opening, hair-raising, and engaging science, all at the same time. A fascinating tour of the often ghoulish strategies nature devises to help creatures unmask, do-in, and otherwise wreak havoc with you, me, and nearly every other living thing on the planet. The research is exhaustive and surprising, yet fun and accessible. Along the way readers get a fresh, first-hand view of the inventive ways the evolutionary sweepstakes works.”
– Chip Walter, author of Last Ape Standing: The Seven-Million-Year Story of How and Why We Survived
"Calling all science geeks! A fascinating and funny look at some of the fantastic and frightening aspects of the ‘natural’ world. You will laugh, you will learn, you may even throw up a little in your mouth. Required reading, if you like things that are good."
– Ed Robertson, lead singer of Barenaked Ladies
"Well worth reading. Full of fascinating facts and intriguing tales that will ensure you never look at nature in quite the same way again."
– Penny Le Couteur, author of Napoleon’s Buttons: How 17 Molecules Changed History
“Wildlife lovers, in an effort to dispel the idea that we are dominant over the earth, have tried to portray ‘nature’ and ‘natural’ as beautiful, peaceful things. Dan Riskin reveals the folly of that by showing us that not only are other organisms trying to take us down – in myriad ways – but in their spare time, trying to get each other. Peaceful? Ha!”
– Jay Ingram, author of The Science of Everyday Life
"Pride and envy, lust and sloth—in Riskin's evolutionary romp, not deadly sins, but virtues learned at Mother Nature's knee."
– Pam Nagami, M.D.