|"a thorough, informative,
entertaining survey of the of the evolutionary biology of sex"
Blackman, BBC Wildlife
|Sometimes, she goes too far.
"They couldn't handle masturbation in Boston," she declares.
|"Dr. Tatiana's Sex Advice
to All Creation" manages the improbable feat of uniting in
one volume the cosmic perspective of Charles Darwin with the titillating
curiosity of Dr. Ruth.
|Dr Tatiana calls into question
that other general law of nature: that males can be promiscuous
but females must remain chaste. From stick insects to chimpanzees
(and according to my postbag, Homo sapiens too) females are hardly
ever faithful. In species after species, rampant promiscuity is
Cross-dressing sponge lice. Flatworms using
their penises as swords. Male manatees that make out with, well,
other male manatees.
Such is the startling and earthly natural
universe well-known to Dr. Tatiana, the nom de plume of real-life
author Olivia Judson, a 33-year-old Oxford-trained Ph.D. in
zoology whose 2002 book, Dr. Tatiana's Sex Advice to All Creation,
has quickly evolved into a national best seller.
walks this particular hedonistic tight-rope with aplomb - her
text is both wonderfully entertaining and authoritative - and
the inclusion of an extensive section of notes and references
ensures that she retains her scientific respectability. All in
all this is a stimulating feast of extraordinary sexual practices.
It will keep you entertained and informed for hours.
Fishwick, The Economist
Rev. Jerry Falwell were to give up on humanity and assemble a
congregation of creatures, the handful that would qualify as truly
blessed would include the black vulture, the California mouse,
the sea horse, some termites and a wingless cockroach.
McMurtrie, San Francisco Chronicle
|If I were an intellectually
challenged adult male gorilla who stumbled across an adult male
chimpanzee, I should in all likelihood be at a loss to explain
my comparatively tiny testicles. Fortunately, my angst might be
eased by consulting Dr. Tatiana.
|Sex sells. Even, hopes author
Olivia Judson, when performed by bush babies and beetles in the
most bewildering and befuddling manners
Hathaway, Hartford Courant
|In the chatty, opinionated
guise of Dr. Tatiana, Olivia Judson brilliantly combines the ever-popular
genre of the advice column with that of Sick Nature Facts. The
combination is strikingly successful. As Dear Abby never has,
Dr. Tatiana confronts the etiquette issues involved in depraved
cannibal incest, for example, and uses them to illuminate biological
insights into the nature of life on earth.
|Author Olivia Judson, aka Dr
Tatiana - the Dr Ruth of wilderness, jungle and ocean - answers
the sex problems of an astonishing array of species, from marine
iguanas to bronze-winged jacanas, lionesses to yellow dung flies:
every organism baffled by the battle of the sexes and hungry for
Glover - The Scotsman
|ONE WONDERS sometimes: how
is it for them? For the copulating elephants, as seen on the back
jacket of Olivia Judson's book, or for the ladybirds doing the
same thing on the front? Adam in Paradise Lost asks the Archangel
Raphael why making love to Eve beats all the other joys of the
prelapsarian Garden, and is sternly told: "Think the same
vouchsafed/To cattle and each beast".
Bagnall - Sunday Telegraph (London)
|Long live Dr. Tatiana. Without
her, what would creatures troubled by their bizarre sex lives
do? You can't write to just ANYONE about this sort of problem:
Ogle - The Miami Herald
|If you trace back the ancestry
of your genes for the past two billion years, every one of those
genes (or almost every one) has spent half its time occupying
male bodies and half its time occupying female bodies. But will
future generations continue to use sex when they breed?
Ridley - Prospect Magazine
|Dr Tatiana's Sex Advice to
All Creation is a brilliantly devised and humorously written "advice
column" for animals about their sex lives. As goofy and boorish
as the sexual practices of most creatures may be, there is method
in their madness. Ms Judson, an award-winning journalist and evolutionary
biologist, masterfully explains why we should even care. Sex is
never simple, but some creatures are in their own league of complexity.
We have sex in all its kinky, eccentric variety to thank for all
the beauty of nature.
Gajewski - Journal of the World Economic Forum
|A Racy Guide to Evolution
Wade - The New York Times
|This volume will surely prove
itself to be both tremendously entertaining and educational.
Dickinson - Human Nature Review
|This book is definitely a must-read.
So go find this book. NOW.
K. Santos - Philippine Daily Inquirer