Not recommended. I am keenly interested in octopuses but won't continue reading this disappointing book. I expected stronger writing and a more focused approach from an editor at Scientific American; instead, this reads like a collection of poorly organized facts presented by means of a meandering travel memoir. I imagine the intent was to make the content "accessible" but the breezy tone is a complete turn-off. The book opens with a tale of fishing for octopus, and provides recipes for its preparation - again, not the engaging scientific overview I'd hoped for. Every interesting but under-explored factoid about the supposed subject of this book requires wading through pages of pointless filler. I will return this and instead borrow the Jennifer Mather book mentioned in the above Library Journal review.