My other obsession . . .

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Little known fact about me (Grace) that’s not in my bio, I LOVE SHARKS!!!  I’m not sure what started the obsession back when I was a kid, maybe it was Jaws.  All I know is that everything about sharks, fascinates me.

How big is my obsession . . .
***I’ve walked the catwalk above a shark tank.

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***The above picture would be me in Belize with a nurse shark, and no the shark is not dead.  That’s what happens to a shark when turned upside down, called tonic immobility.

***I’ve seen all four Jaws movies multiple times, viewing the classic probably over 30x, including the 40th Anniversary viewing in theaters this past month.

So that is why this is the beginning of one of my favorite times of the year:

SHARK WEEK!!!

For those not in the US, this would be the week that the cable network, Discovery Channel, dedicates all of its nightly shows to this fierce creature that haunts beach-goers and already causing some panic this summer.  Here’s their viewing schedule which includes an episode called Sharks After Dark.  NICE!

http://www.discovery.com/tv-shows/shark-week/tv-shows/tv-shows/

Anywho, I know this is primarily a romance blog, but I’ll share with you a couple books worth reading if you share my obsession.

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Book: Jaws
Author: Peter Benchley
Genre: Action & Adventure
Release Date: January 1, 1974
Length: 353 pages

Synopsis

Jaws, Peter Benchley’s story of a man-eating shark, is famous all over the world. Its fame comes from the movie Jaws, made in 1975 and directed by Steven Spielberg. Jaws is one of the most exciting, frightening movies ever made. But the novel on which the movie was based is itself hugely exciting and frightening.

Since it was written in 1974, it has sold over 5.5 million copies. The novel Jaws tells the story of a monster fish, a Great White Shark, that starts attacking swimmers off the coast of America. The scene is the sleepy coastal island of Amity, near New York, where tourism is the main business.

My two cents:
The book that inspired my all-time favorite movie.  Like a lot of books, the movie is nothing like it.  Did you know this book has a love triangle?  Truth.  I can’t even begin to compare the movie with the book, they seem like completely different stories other than the first chapter, which is just as chilling in print as it is on screen.

Thankfully, this site did all the work, comparing the book to the movie (contains spoilers):

http://www.empireonline.com/features/jaws-book-film-differences

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Book: The Devil’s Teeth: A True Story of Obsession and Survival Among America’s Great White Sharks
Author: Susan Casey
Genre: Nonfiction
Release Date: May 30, 2006
Length: 305 pages

Synopsis

A journalist’s obsession brings her to a remote island off the California coast, home to the world’s most mysterious and fearsome predators-and the strange band of surfer-scientists who follow them

Susan Casey was in her living room when she first saw the great white sharks of the Farallon Islands, their dark fins swirling around a small motorboat in a documentary. These sharks were the alphas among alphas, some longer than twenty feet, and there were too many to count; even more incredible, this congregation was taking place just twenty-seven miles off the coast of San Francisco.

In a matter of months, Casey was being hoisted out of the early-winter swells on a crane, up a cliff face to the barren surface of Southeast Farallon Island-dubbed by sailors in the 1850s the “devil’s teeth.” There she joined Scot Anderson and Peter Pyle, the two biologists who bunk down during shark season each fall in the island’s one habitable building, a haunted, 135-year-old house spackled with lichen and gull guano. Two days later, she got her first glimpse of the famous, terrifying jaws up close and she was instantly hooked; her fascination soon yielded to obsession-and an invitation to return for a full season. But as Casey readied herself for the eight-week stint, she had no way of preparing for what she would find among the dangerous, forgotten islands that have banished every campaign for civilization in the past two hundred years.

The Devil’s Teeth is a vivid dispatch from an otherworldly outpost, a story of crossing the boundary between society and an untamed place where humans are neither wanted nor needed.

My two cents:
Since this book is non-fiction, I’d only recommend it to shark fanatics.  I was personally was fascinated by the story, and consumed the first 2/3 of the book which covers the history of the island and the shark research there.  I particularly loved how the sharks were identified and exhibited unique personalities.  But I will agree with most of the readers that the ending didn’t leave me with a good feeling.  Without giving anything away, the author actual damages the heart of her own story.

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