I woke up to some blessing this morning. Robin Lee, who wears Amazon’s coveted “TOP 500 REVIEWER” badge, has read “My Mother’s Shadow” and given it a 5-star review. You can see the book’s review page here: http://amzn.to/157JyBC.
Thank you so much Robin, for the professional and unsolicited review.
Robin Lee, who wears Amazon’s coveted “TOP 500 REVIEWER” badge, has read “My Life as a Cicada” together with her niece and given it a professional review. She’s given the book a 5-star rating. You can see her review here: http://amzn.to/16mmJYX.
The following is the review Robin has posted on Amazon, verbatim:
I downloaded this book to read with my niece…School is over but this has been a topic the teachers have been talking to the students about in her class the last few weeks….This story about the “Cicada Bug” and it’s life cycle is adorable..It’s the easiest way to explain to little ones about these very large and loud bugs with big red eyes that they may be scared of…Especially, when they start hearing the shrilling sounds, or finding one lying on the ground…Beautiful, bright colored, large illustrations showed up really nice on her kindle….Plus the story rhymes, which are her favorite type of books and make her giggle….
The story starts out with a baby nymph, crying underground knowing she is now 17 yrs old and wishing she could be a beautiful butterfly instead….She knows once she changes she will be ugly and scary looking to people…This will show how cute they really look and how harmless they really are…The “Cicadas” tell children they more scared themselves because of natural predators like termites and birds….
This sweet book will show you that a “picture is worth a thousand words…..My niece loved it…..I highly recommend this book for all children…..
I woke up to some blessing this morning. Robin Lee, who wears Amazon’s coveted “TOP 500 REVIEWER” badge, has read “The Cicada Survival Guide” and given it a professional review. You can see the book’s review page here: http://amzn.to/10Vk4lc.
Robin said the following about the book:
This author wrote an excellent novella in a unique way..It is a mixed recipe, of an escaped man made virus, government conspiracy, cover-ups, and the emergence of Brood II….Which Scientists predict this year, the Cicadas will be in colossal numbers….It’s not just a survival guide, but a possible real depiction of an ecological disaster…This story is dark humor, intriguing, gross, thought provoking and real horrifying….The characters could have been fleshed out more but for this part of the story they are not the main point……Each new chapter is told from the characters view point…..
Through the yrs a biological infectious agent has seeped into the fungus of the trees…The Cicadas have been feeding off this for 17 dormant years….It has been named “Troma” and the bugs are brand new mutations, that Americans are unaware of…This new species smells the scent of blood and seeks it out…If you have a open cut, you better hide, because this is a blood born pathogen of death….The symptoms are: severe itchiness, complete disintegration of your body, eventually takes command of your brain and drives you insane….It takes 72 hrs for the full effect….
This is not a zombie novel because the infected don’t reanimate, they just become deadly killers in every way….
Warning: If you see a large Cicada with bright red blood colored metallic wings, instead of their green ones, you better run fast…..
This novel was just excellent.I hope this author thinks about continuing this as a series for the summer it has really great potential..I personally would like to see a Part 2 and 3……
Well, the full title of this post should be “The Silver Lining of a Swarmageddon for a Third World Country.” According to a White Paper released by UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), insects are perfectly edible and should make up a good portion of mankind’s diet. If everyone in America substitutes a beef burger with a handful of insects once a month, our collective carbon footprint will be reduced by a whopping 5%! (Not an official statistics, just my own guesstimate. )
The FAO report, entitled “Edible insects: Future prospects for food and feed security” and available online at http://www.fao.org/docrep/018/i3253e/i3253e.pdf, unequivocally lists cicada as one of the premium choice of an insect diet. On page fifteen of the report, it states, under the heading of “The role of insects”:
It is estimated that insects form part of the traditional diets of at least 2 billion people. More than 1 900 species have reportedly been used as food. Insects deliver a host of ecological services that are fundamental to the survival of humankind. They also play an important role as pollinators in plant reproduction, in improving soil fertility through waste bioconversion,and in natural biocontrol for harmful pest species, and they provide a variety of valuable products for humans such as honey and silk and medical applications such as maggot therapy.
In addition, insects have assumed their place in human cultures as collection items and ornaments and in movies, visual arts and literature. Globally, the most commonly consumed insects are beetles (Coleoptera) (31 percent), caterpillars (Lepidoptera) (18 percent) and bees, wasps and ants (Hymenoptera) (14 percent). Following these are grasshoppers, locusts and crickets (Orthoptera) (13 percent), cicadas, leafhoppers, planthoppers, scale insects andtrue bugs (Hemiptera) (10 percent), termites (Isoptera) (3 percent), dragonflies (Odonata) (3 percent), flies (Diptera) (2 percent) and other orders (5 percent).
The FAO report is literally littered with the word “cicada”, “cicadas” and “cicadidae.” Apparently, in many countries or regions, cicadas constitute part of people’s regular diet. The report cites Lao People’s Democratic Republic, island of New Guinea as examples of places where people eat cicadas. The report even showcases the “diversity” of insects that go into people’s diet in the Central African Republic, where cicadas and crickets, along with some minor bugs, constitute a whopping 8% of their insectile diet.
Now that we’ve got the “are cicadas really safe to eat” question out of the way, it’s time to get prepared for the sarmageddon. As Confucius says, if you can’t beat ‘em, eat ‘em!
Tomorrow, I will post a killer cicada recipe. Or you can check out the many fascinating cicada recipes recorded in my Sci Fi novella, “The Cicada Survival Guide,” now on sale on Amazon.
The young cicada nymphs harvested mid-molting offer the most tender texture and deserve a cooking method that best preserves their natural moisture and injects a balanced blend of flavor.
What can better achieve that end than the double sauté method?
Cookware: This dish is first parboiled in a deep pot and then fried in a wok.
· 1 tablespoon of sake or cooking wine of any type
· 2 tablespoons of canola or other type of vegetable oil
· 6 cloves garlic, finely chopped
· 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger root.
· 1 thumb-sized fresh ginger root. Flatten it between two cutting boards, or simply smash it flat with a cleaver
· 2 cups large cicada nymphs, peeled and cleaned
· 1/2 cup soy sauce.
· 1 tablespoon brown sugar
· 1 teaspoon rice vinegar
· 1 tablespoon Chinese miso or Japanese miso paste
· 2 stalks finely chopped leeks
· Place flattened ginger root in a deep soup pot. Add two quarts of water and bring to a boil. Place cicada nymphs into the boiling water, turn down the fire to low and let the pot simmer for 5 minutes. Drain when done. Caution: Never put any salt in the pot, as salt will dehydrate the nymphs and rob them of their natural moisture.
· Heat the vegetable oil in a wok, then add the minced ginger and chopped garlic. Add soy sauce and give the mix a good swirl and stir before you add in the drained nymphs.
· Add sake or cooking wine and keep stirring over high heat. Add brown sugar and vinegar and stir. Finally, add miso paste and stir vigorously.
· Add chopped leeks and stir for 30 seconds.
Double sautéed nymphs go well with brown or white rice, cuscus, quinoa, nan or roti.
Double sautéed nymphs can be easily spiced up when placed onto individual serving plates. Simply sprinkle Japanese Nichimi Togarashi (seven-flavor spice) to taste.
Double sautéed nymphs go well with pretty much all alcoholic beverages.
The cicadas are coming. Brood II Periodical Cicadas are coming!
A swarm of Brood II cicadas brought down an elevator in an apartment building, turned a Secret Service agent into a murderer, attacked a CIA agent on the steps of the Capital Hill … More importantly, they were carriers of something lethal.
Do you want to know why the government has launched a massive aerial insecticide spray in an attempt to wipe the cicadas out? Do you even know how to defend yourself with taser shakes? If you don’t, better pick up a copy of “The Cicada Survival Guide” today.
For those brave enough, a victory can be celebrated with a feast on these bugs. Delicious and battle-tested cicada recipes included!
Pick up a survival guide today.
Cicada horrors and delicious cicada recipes go really well in this book!