Gory Details by Erika Engelhaupt

Gory Details
Gory Details: Adventures from the Dark Side of Science by Erika Engelhaupt



Rating: 4 out of 5.


Filled to the brim with far-out facts, this wickedly informative narrative from the author of National Geographic’s popular Gory Details blog takes us on a fascinating journey through an astonishing new reality. Blending humor and journalism in the tradition of Mary Roach, acclaimed science reporter Erika Engelhaupt investigates the gross, strange, and morbid absurdities of our bodies and our universe. From the research biologist who stung himself with every conceivable insect to the world’s most murderous mammals, this entertaining book explores oft-ignored but alluring facets of biology, anatomy, space exploration, nature, and more. Featuring interviews with leading researchers in the field and a large dose of wit, this provocative book reveals the most intriguing real-world applications of science in all their glory.





Non-fiction is always harder for me to review.  It doesn’t have the elements I usually use to review a book, like characters or setting.  However, Gory Details was an enjoyable and enlightening read.  

This book is full of well-written, article-like stories about various topics that are a little morbid but still extremely interesting.  It is written in an easily digestible way, and I got through this book very quickly.  Given the topics of many of the chapters in this book, you probably don’t want to read it just after eating or anything.  

This book is on the lighter side in terms of information, filled more with trivia you might break out, like the mammal who murders their own kind the most, and a lot of information about insects.  I always enjoyed science and watching shows like CSI, so this book was right up my alley, but I know it isn’t for everyone. 


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