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on May 21, 2012
This book is a must read for anyone who is fascinated by the rise of 'supernatural' creatures in popular culture, and what that means for religion (or spirituality, etc.) down the road. Ms. Nelson is particularly gifted in making the 'insider only' culture that makes up a lot of sf and fantasy accessible. Her writing is strong and effortless, making reading about very convoluted ideas an enjoyable experience.
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on August 17, 2015
I purchased this on the strength of a lecture delivered by author on Twilight. I have not been disappointed. The richly layered research outlines a historical mythology of Gothic characterisations. There is so much to learn about the narrative developments over time and this should be a go to reference for anyone interested in popular cultural representations and their literary/cultural genealogy.
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on November 7, 2013
Unlike her brilliant Secret Life of Puppets, which is worth five+ stars, Gothika is more of a systematic item-by-item survey of horror / fantasy / vampire / zombie books, films, TV series, etc. I can't think of any 'Gothik" (as she defines it) item she hasn't read and studied - hundreds of titles she writes intelligently about, and links together in terms of themes and influences. This book will be of great value as a reference for writers and others working in this area, but may not be of great interest to the general run of those interested in these genres as consumers.
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on February 4, 2016
Great book. Feels a little redundant at parts. Excellent scholarly source material
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on July 31, 2015
granddaughter loved it
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on November 19, 2013
This is not exactly my cup of tea, but I bought it as a gift for my son - he will LOVE it!
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