'Medusa's Gaze and Vampire's Bite' will certainly provide the reader with great conversational material! The author presents and weighs up explanations for how visualisations of various legendary fear-inducing monsters (e.g the Minotaur and dragons) have originated and infiltrated people's coscience throughout history. Matt Kaplan's discussions are full of logical, phychological and scientific reasonings, interspersed with some humorous remarks. This book is an easy and fun read, is not remotely restrictive to any audience and would make a great present. It should be noted that buyers should not expect a scholarly thesis; the book should be purchased for entertainment rather than for educational purposes, although it certainly imparts much fascinating information, particularly relating to palaeontology - Matt Kaplan's specialisation, onto the reader.