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5.0 out of 5 stars A Different Viewpoint, 25 Nov. 2012
This review is from: Medusa's Gaze and Vampire's Bite: The Science of Monsters (Hardcover)
While most books on monsters and mythology concentrate on the theology or psychology underpinning the creatures, this book takes a different stance. It looks at individual monsters and their myths and postulates on the basis of such tales. I have read and own many books on mythology and monsters. I found this book took the reader in several new directions as to the foundations of these legends. Moreover, the science presented including sections on geology, genetics and medicine was presented in a readily accessible manner that also was fun and engaging to read. The breadth of monsters covered is quite varied from ancient giant beasts and sea monsters to modern monsters such as aliens and vampires. In particular, I found the chapter on sea monsters unique in the field. A good addition to the library of anyone with an interest in popular science or mythology.
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