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A Field Guide to Demons, Fairies, Fallen Angels, and Other Subversive Spirits [Hardcover]

Carol K. Mack , Dinah Mack
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Oct 1998
Demons are protean, they are enchanting, and they are as invisible as microbes. They may even be microbes. They are everywhere. They inhabit every grain of sand and molecule of water. They lurk at crossroads, crouch at the door, hide in trees, slip into beds, wait in caves, slide down chimneys, hover at weddings and childbirths, follow caravans, pretend to be friends, mates, or grandmothers -- even pretend to be you.

Demons are powerful. Watching them is a thrilling and transformative pastime. This introduction to the vibrant global species will aid the beginner in approaching the field. Learn how to recognize many demon species, where to travel to find them, and what equipment and amulets are traditionally carried along to fend them off. Illustrated throughout, this guide is indispensable for both the novice and the experienced demon spotter.

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  • Hardcover: 282 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; 1st Edition edition (Oct 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1559704470
  • ISBN-13: 978-1559704472
  • Product Dimensions: 24.3 x 14.6 x 2.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,609,735 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A round of applause for this demonic cast of characters . . . They let us glimpse other people's demons, and many of our very own." --Anna Deavere Smith, author of "Fires in the Mirror""An array of the most dreaded demons mythology has to offer." --Robert L. Carniero, Curator of South American Ethnology, American Museum of Natural History --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Just in time for Halloween, the original guide on how to spot and identify demons and other subversive spirits-and what to do next! --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Introductory course for a beginner. 15 Sep 2004
This is fairly average book. It is very informative yet consisted of little details. The list of supernatural being is also restrictive to a selected few, the author like to focus on more popular ones. Which exposed the flaw, as the beings that get mention are well known, I thought that it would provide me with some additional information which I don't know. However, that is not the case at all, after finishing the book I really felt that I knew about the subject more than the author does.
This book is NOT for a fervent student of demonology. It content is only at beginner level. Provide some interesting read for people who has just began their interest in the subject.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great reading experience 12 July 1999
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I thought this book was a fast and interesting read. Its theory on fairies and fallen angels, is a different approch of most common related publishings. I found this book informative and interesting, but one must take these related subjects with a grain of salt, for many foklore has many contradictions, for they are mearly entertaining and historical.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well written and devilish amusing 8 Nov 2002
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I really like the book! Not all demons (God forbid!) are mentioned here, but the few that are demonstrates that we should be thankfull that we live at all... Just mentioning a few: "The Kappa, a life-sucking amphibian..." "Kumbhakarna, the glutttonous Rakshasa brother of Ravana..." and so on! Brrrr!!
The authors know their stuff and although it is only presented in brief terms it is done very well. Use the book as a first-trip field guide (like a map you get for free in an airport). If you want to know more, at least you know the consequences.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Reference Book 23 Oct 2008
By Ursula K. Raphael TOP 1000 REVIEWER
You could spend lots of money on all kinds of folklore & mythology books, and still not have as much information on the "darker entities" as this book. Each entry is very detailed with description, habitations, sightings, etc.

I think this book would make a great gift for anyone interested in the supernatural, or even RPG GM's looking for new creatures to torture their players.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good book 19 Feb 2013
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was interesting to read about the mythology of other cultures and a unique spin on what a demon is. was a great help in my research for my stories. recommended to anyone. thank you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good book fun to read 6 Feb 2012
By ryan117
This book is really fun to read.
If demons and paranormal creatures are your thing this is your book.
I would recommend this book to people that are interested in this sort off stuff.
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