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  • From Gillian:

    [I]f I have one complaint about this volume, it's that I wish many of Kennedy's essays had been longer--I wanted to spend more time with many of these people, as seen through her eyes. In short, whether you're science geek, aficionado of well-written essays, or just looking for a good yarn, The Dangerous Joy of Sex will definitely appeal.

  • From Lisa at minds alive on the shelves

    Dangerous Joy is a collection of essays and magazine pieces on the strange and fascinating people that Kennedy has interviewed and profiled. The title piece tells the story of Alex Comfort, a British biologist and the author of The Joy of Sex, the book that started the sexual revolution. Any ideas you might have had about how this book came into being are wrong -- the facts are much stranger than you would have imagined.

  • From The Tome Traveller

    After twelve true tales that read like fiction, she gives us three short essays about herself and her world. It is a great way to end an interesting and entertaining book.

  • From Lenore

    But my favorite stories of all are her three "First Person: Stories from My Own Life" vignettes, especially "The Encyclopedia of Scorpions". It's a travelogue adventure story about a kayaking trip she took on a remote desert river and there is so much tension and beauty packed into 17 pages that I almost couldn't breathe while reading it.

  • From Zibilee at Raging Bibliomania

    I tore through this book, wondering what and who was coming next, and enjoying the exposure to people who would have otherwise been unknown to me. The subjects in this book are fascinating and complex, inspired to make the world sit up and take notice of the unmentionable and unpopular.

  • From My Journey Through Reading

    Kennedy really captured the passion of 12 everyday people who are trying to change the world. Often these people are overlooked and not given the credit they deserve for their work. All of them, in some way, are trying to make this world a better place for us.

  • From Avis at Librarything

    I can't imagine why it took me so long to read one of Pagan Kennedy's books. I fell in love with her writing voice from the first paragraph of her introduction to this collection of essays and articles, and was more than willing to follow her through the secret doorway "into a strange new realm."

  • From The Devourer of Books

    Each essay is very well written. They also seem to be about some of the most influential people you've never heard of. This is an extremely enjoyable collection.

  • From Chloe Parker

    As a fellow writer and a fan of magazine writing, I was hooked from the introduction -- Kennedy has a comfortable, distinct voice which is quickly becoming a rarity in the 21st century. She also seems to love writing for the very same reason that I do -- she loves her subjects. She loves their human idiosyncrasies; their ironic obsessions; the fish-out-of-water struggle that many of her visionaries live out each day, due to the fact that quite a few of them seem to be a bit before their times.

    Pick this book up and read it on a rainy day when you're feeling lethargic and struck by cabin fever. You'll easily fly right through the book -- it's friendly and warm like your favorite magazine, but it recharges you like a fresh pair of batteries in a child's favorite toy.