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With his previous collections, A Wolverine Is Eating My Leg and Jaguars Ripped My Flesh, Tim Cahill earned a reputation as the funniest, weirdest, most reckless travel writer working today. In Pecked to Death by Ducks, the master of dangerous living continues his wacked-out, hell-for-leather adventures in an all-new collection of hilarious gonzo travelogues. As ever, Cahill's wanderings take him around the globe and teach him many things: how to drink with the Aussies (trying to match them beer for beer is not a ...
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Overview

With his previous collections, A Wolverine Is Eating My Leg and Jaguars Ripped My Flesh, Tim Cahill earned a reputation as the funniest, weirdest, most reckless travel writer working today. In Pecked to Death by Ducks, the master of dangerous living continues his wacked-out, hell-for-leather adventures in an all-new collection of hilarious gonzo travelogues. As ever, Cahill's wanderings take him around the globe and teach him many things: how to drink with the Aussies (trying to match them beer for beer is not a good idea); a method for developing acute claustrophobia (crawling on your belly for two weeks in total darkness while exploring the world's deepest cave); and the best way to take a nap while observing a grizzly bear at close range. Other excursions take Cahill to the oil-well fires in Kuwait, on a wave-rolling kayak trip in Baja, and to the most remote hinterlands of Guatemala, where he discovers the world's most ghastly outhouse - the hideous "throne of terror." With great wit and excitement, Pecked to Death by Ducks delivers vicarious thrills so vivid you'll feel like you're there - but glad that you're not.

In his latest tour of the earth's remote, exotic, and dismal places, the author of Road Fever and A Wolverine Is Eating My Leg sleeps with a grizzly bear, witnesses demonic possession in Bali, and survives a run-in with something called the Throne of Doom in Guatemala. Vivid and outrageously funny.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This hodgepodge of travel pieces tells of Cahill's experiences diving with sharks, jumping out of planes, trekking through jungles and other dangerous and exotic adventures. Feb.
Library Journal
This is not, strictly speaking, a travel book but a collection of articles, most of them previously published in various magazines, on a variety of subjects. The author places the articles into five categories: The Unnatural World, Tooth and Claw, The Natural World, Other People's Lives, and Risk. Cahill, author of Jaguars Ripped My Flesh LJ 10/1/87 and A Wolverine Is Eating My Leg LJ 2/15/89, has traveled around the world on assignment, covering a wide range of unusual events such as firewalking, caving, etc. He writes with a keen sense of humor, but with a serious and informed attitude. The reader won't find tips on hotels, food, or transportation but a rich and varied tour of interesting and unusual places and events. Recommended for all travel collections.-- George M. Jenks, Bucknell Univ., Lewisburg, Pa.
John Mort
Cahill, author of the high-energy, funny "Jaguars Ripped My Flesh" (1987) and "Road Fever" , divides his new travel book into sections dealing with such large subjects as animals, nature's grandeur, and risky adventures. His moods range from flippant to philosophical. There's nothing funny about "Kuwait Is Burning," for instance, as Cahill muddles about in the smoke and chaos immediately following Iraq's defeat. But the piece set on his ranch in Montana, "A Dismal Lack of Mutilations," is a sweet spoof of UFOs, religious lunacy, and the dead-serious rantings of psychics. Cahill's front-line "green" report of attempts on the island of Tonga to preserve and cultivate the giant clam mix both humor, in a discussion of the clam's ambivalent sexuality, and fine reporting, in an insightful analysis of the island's politics. But Cahill's best piece concerns Lechuguilla, a New Mexico cave discovered in 1986. Lechuguilla seems not to belong on this earth, since it was formed not by acids passing through limestone but because of the actions of boiling sulfuric acid. So, as Cahill rappels down hundreds of feet to reach the cave, and crawls amid tall blocks of gypsum, and wanders through rooms of dangling, confetti-like rock formations, and wades pools beside eerie crystals, the reader briefly enters not just an exotic, but another world. This is an absorbing, consciousness-expanding book.
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Table of Contents

Introduction
The Unnatural World
Kuwait is Burning: A Postcard from the Apocalypse 3
The Throne of Terror 21
Bolts of Blue Lightning 26
The Game of Living Things 35
Marquesas Magic 41
A Dismal Lack of Mutilations 49
Cosmic Camping 53
Tooth and Claw
Bear in Mind 59
The Bird 67
The Bison Ballet 74
A Missive on Moose 79
The Llama Dilemma 83
Last Stand of the Mountain Gorilla 89
The Clam Scam 98
The Natural World
Lechuguilla 123
The Big Open 139
Look Natural 146
Antarctic Passages 151
The Moronic Sport, Revisited 160
The Moody Waters of El Peten 164
Baja by Kayak 172
Other People's Lives
Speak Oz 189
Sanghyang in Bali 192
Taquile 209
The Miner's Paradox 224
Chiloe: An Island Out of Time 230
Moonwalk Serenade [1978] 242
Calving Season 258
Tracking 'Em Down 263
Missing 271
Risk
On Risk 279
Rope Tricks 286
Paraglider 297
Fly Away 306
Is It Fun Yet?: A Saga of Sorority Women on Crampons 311
This is a Cave, This is the End 323
Charioteer 337
Survival Skills 343
The Tomfoolery Factor 348
The Dangerous Sports Club 352
The Howlings 365
Guilty as Charged 370
Author's Notes and Acknowledgments 376
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