Aug 26, 2011

Quick Review--Vampires Werewolves Zombies...

The situation is grave. Vampires are vamping. Werewolves are shape shifting. And zombies are lurching into the garden. Is this modern-day ferment of paranormal activity, ah, normal? Learn all about it in this nifty new pocket guide to man's best fiends: VAMPIRES, WEREWOLVES, ZOMBIES: Compendium Monstrum. Collected from the papers of 19th-century monstrologists Herr Doktor Max Sturm & Baron Ludwig Von Drang, this intriguing book includes "notes and sketches," arranged with some updating, plus a Transylvania travel section, fold-out maps, and "Sightings Record Pages," so you can record your own encounters. Don't be caught dead without it!

Fascinating facts revealed in the book include documented "sparkling vampires" in 19th-century folklore (page 26), why wolfsbane is sometimes known as "Dumbledore s Delight" (page 92), and much more.

Illustrator Bruce Waldman is an adjunct professor at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. His works are in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Library of Congress, the Smithsonian Institution, and The Royal Collection in London. Illustrations and additional historical images throughout.

Suzanne Schwalb's Vampires, Werewolves, Zombies: Compendium Monstrum is actually just a small little fun read that I picked up on one of my many trips to Borders. I saw it just before checking out and threw it into my basket! It's a cute little book that has info about vampires, werewolves and zombies.

There's actually some pretty interesting facts in it. It's not all joke book kind of thing. There's small sections with bits of history, like a paragraph on Vlad. There's also accounts of vampire and werewolf attacks in certain parts of the world. One or two I might have recognized even!

I'm not sure how much of it's accurate, but the historical facts do sound about right. Of course there's other sort of fun nonsense, like translating some zombie speak! As well as a language or two that vampires and werewolves would be most familiar with. So you'll know how to say Help me! or Run!

The maps and other illustrations were also remarkably done! Very detailed maps and other drawings really helped make it complete!

So for a fun little read with some interesting facts this is definitely something you might want to check out if you're looking how to survive from a zombie apocalypse or looking for tell tale signs that someone is on of the fanged or furred!

Overall rating 5/5 stars

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