Friday, 24 June 2011

Book Blurb Friday #17 Arachnology

This meme is hosted by Lisa Ricard Claro at ‘Writing in the Buff’ J

 Each week she posts a photo that could be the cover of a book. The aim is to:
‘Write a book jacket blurb (150 words or less) so enticing that potential readers would feel compelled to buy the book.’ 

Here is this week’s book cover. My blurb follows.

Image copyright Sandra Davies


What is happening to the spiders of the world? You may not like them, you may have severe arachnophobia, but the world cannot function without them. World renowned arachnologist Dr Steven Pyder has observed that arachnids are behaving in unusual ways, the most obvious to the public at large being the inability to spin a perfect web.

Have the spiders adapted to changes in the insect population or are the insects reacting to the spiders’ behaviour? Steve Pyder’s investigations take him deep into tropical forests, to deserts in Australia, to country gardens in the Home Counties and to the Great Plains of Nebraska.

What he discovers is intriguing, threatening and ultimately life-altering. The world is changing and there’s nothing mankind can do.

Read this book and shiver!

(128 words including the title)


  1. You're probably right on target - imperfect webs could mean so much more.

    Scary to think about!

    Good job!

  2. I like that you took a detail in the photo (a flawed web) and connected it to a nonfiction book. I DO wonder what's going on with spiders, after reading your blub!

  3. Nicely done, Janice, a non-fiction twist on the story. I'm impressed. Very.
    Good work.
    — K

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

  4. I love the irony that crooked webs would probably equate to a horror story of global proportions! I want to read S. Pyder's book!

  5. I like what you've done with the 'flawed web' but would not, could not read the book :(

  6. Love it! Step into the web of adventure....

  7. Excellent!!!! A mutant spider with insects defending the 'new world'....intriguing, exciting and evil lurks maybe?

    Here's mine
    A bit of Truth - fictionalized

  8. Oh, this is very clever, of the best takes I've read! I love the sense of mystery and implied anarchy that weaves through your blurb...truth is often scarier than fiction!

    Being rather fond of spider, this is a book I would most definitely buy...:)

  9. I forgot to mention how much I liked your author's name...LOL!

  10. Great twist. The idea of an altered, less-than-perfect web being the precursor to something big is scary. And I love the name - Steven Pyder. nice play.

  11. This seems a bit too real for my liking-I've got shivers!

  12. Love this! What has happened to the poor spiders brains? I would love to know.

  13. Very clever Janice.

    A fictional non-fiction book - mockumentary? If it's going to be full of pictures from around the world, I'm afraid it isn't going to make the top ten coffee table books! Shame, it has wonderful potential!

    Well done.


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