What I really enjoyed about On Second Thought was the way Herbert turned the research into something that the average reader could understand.
I really enjoyed the subject matter of this book, and was pleasantly surprised that the author managed to avoid so many of the stereotypes of introverted people while writing it.
One of the things that I’ve found challenging as I’ve started to travel around the world more, and to eat the food of other cultures, is that the animals we consider “food” or “pets” do not always fit in the same categories for other people. I always knew this intellectually, but there’s something about going to a market and finding rabbit for sale, seeing a camel burger on a menu, or living in a country where dogs are simply not considered worthy of being pets to make you realize that it’s more than just theory.
I went into reading this book thinking that it’d be fun and silly and I’d laugh at all the things that “some people” believe are true but that really aren’t. Urban legends abound these days, especially in the days of easily-shareable “knowledge” on the internet, and people’s inability to critically think about what they believe, read, or are told.
I finished reading this book knowing that I was included in “some people”.