PositiveNatureIn spite of having studied algae for more than 30 years, I learnt much from Slime ... far from being a collection of interesting historical anecdotes, however. Contemporary topics are also covered, in a clear and balanced way ... I was distracted by the frequent description of the features of the people Kassinger met. And she tends to focus on US-based entrepreneurs, despite the wealth of work elsewhere. But these are small quibbles set against what the book achieves in communicating the beauty (there are some very attractive drawings), interest and importance of algae ... There is something for everyone, from committed phycologists to people who hitherto (but hopefully no longer) regarded algae as an inconvenience or worse. Blanket weed may never seem the same again.