The Soul of an Octopus Book Review Score: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars
The Soul of an Octopus is a great book. Our editors rated it with a top 5 stars.
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The Soul of an Octopus
I love this book!! I love the author’s personal journey.
The book sounds as if the author is on mushrooms 1/2 the time
Soul of an Octopus
I do not recommend this book. I wanted it to be good, as i love octopuses, and I have a background in fisheries science. But nothing drew me in.
Literarily speaking it is incredibly bland.
The science content is a compilation of plenty of quips about what the octopus may be feeling, but with little cohesive empirical evidence to back up the author's observations. It felt incomplete.
Bored with the author's personal journey, I found myself wading through this book poking around for and finding some interesting insights, but never finding what the title promised.
A good memoir-style story
Not quite what I expected, but I didn't do much research before reading. I wanted more crunchy science bits and less personal journey; also more on the philosophy and science of consciousness, both human and octopus.
For a general audience looking for a good personal story from an excellent writer, this is a five-star book. Just not for me.