Werewolves (Mysteries, Legends, and Unexplained Phenomena) Paperback – 30 Oct 2008
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About the Author
Linda S. Godfrey worked as a newspaper reporter and columnist for The Week, a county newspaper published in Delavan, Wisconsin, for 10 years. A winner of several National Newspaper Association first-place awards for feature stories, she is the author of The Beast of Bray Road and Hunting the American Werewolf, as well as two volumes in the Bames & Noble ""Weird"" series: Weird Wisconsin and Weird Michigan. Godfrey has appeared on many national television and radio programs as an expert on anomalous creatures. She is also an illustrator and artist, and lives in rural southeastern Wisconsin.
Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon.com
I love to listen to Linda Godfrey on YouTube, but not thrilled with this book
Not that it is all enlightening or something, I guess I am a bit too advanced in the topic of werewolves for that, but it definitely is an acceptable book.
I am not sure whether it would be good a book as an introduction to the topic of werewolves, since there are certain flaws in it which I will talk about in a minute, but it is readable and reveals some insights. In addition it had certain information I didn't had until them and Godfreys cryptozoological take on the topic was refreshing and it gives the reader some insights on how the topic might be received by people today.
Sadly the fact that Godfrey covers such a wide range of possibilities and is clearly more than sceptical of such "answers" as excessive hair growth or feral children it is strange and kinda disspointing that she did not draw connections to other topics.
Godfrey states the theory of the Cheyenne Dog-soldiers as a possible origin for the "Werewolves" like the Beast of Bray Road and while clearly being aware of the descriptions of these beings she neither draws a connection to the Cynocephali, which were reported all over the Old World, as well as Australia, and certain South and Middle American depictions show such beings as well, nor with the figure of Coyote who was often reported as a shapeshifter. In addition she doesn't offer an explanation why these sighted beings are werewolves in her eyes since they neither look like wolves but cynocephali and there is no evidence for them shapeshifting.
In addition her claim of the form of choice for shapeshifters to be predators is wrong since the range of people turning into animals is much bigger.
All in all the book is recommendable if you want to look at the topic of werewolves from a new angle, but I advise anybody to be critical about it.
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