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Werewolves: A Field Guide to Shapeshifters, Lycanthropes, and Man-Beasts Paperback – September 1, 2009
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Curran has a very real talent not only for finding creepy stories on the topic he's following but also the truth behind them. His writing style is so good that even when he exposes the truth behind a story he still manages to leave the reader with a wonderfully spooky feeling towards the original story whether he's writing about haunted houses, evil faeries, lost lands or manmade monsters he strikes the happy balance between the truth in a story and enjoying a good tale.
Indeed he does that in "Werewolves" but the problem is he doesn't stick to the topic. Although he follows stories of men turning into beasts through the ages and details the evolution of the story as church and social order changed, but then he goes off into long dissertations about people with animal like behavior such as cannibalistic bandits and the Donner party. Actually fascinating stuff but way off the topic of wolf/man legends. In his chapter of french werewolves he declares the last real trial of one as in 1603 but recounts at great length how French magistrates were executing hundreds for witch craft in 1610 and publishing new discourses on them in 1613-long after he says the werewolves were out of...fashion. Sabine Baring Gould, whom Curran said he is updating, was able to write a much longer and better book just following wolf legends.
In the end Curran is still a wonderful writer. A good researcher, a brilliant thinker and a wonderful teller of tales. This IS a good read, but I have to rank it so low because like the protagonists in some of these tales, he wandered from the well set paths he planned to follow and became lost
First he impressed me by actually bringing up the Lykaon (Lycaon) myth which few werewolf books actually talk about even though it's the source for the terms Lycanthrope, Lycanthropy and the more modern Lycan. Then Bob actually knew the ingredients of the chains that held Finris. That caught my attention. He really knows what he's talking about. He's actually reading his books. I read a negative review of his vampire book by someone who wanted to use his work as a reference guide but got bored while reading it. That's because it's an actual text book, honey. I'm sorry facts and the myths bored you.
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Very well written book with great information regarding werewolf lore.Published 16 months ago by Zach
Loved it. Some repeat of other studies nd cases but much was new and fascinating. Must read and read through to the end that has a warning!Published 21 months ago by Rita B
This one is greatly detailed, terrifying, and fiery great - a Bloody Good Time! I think it would be a wonderful one worth to watch...Published on November 18, 2013 by S. L. Hill
As a student in Cultural Anthropology, I found this book misleading--even insulting.
He wanders from the topic of werewolves at various times, his writing is sloppy, and he... Read more
I purchased this to obtain more information/research. Personal, it has been interesting as I am still reading it. I am satisfied with what I've learned thus far. Thank you.Published on October 13, 2011 by Luyu
I found this book to be rather poorly written. First, one gets the impression that the author believes in the existence of werewolves; thus, to me, he loses credibility. Read morePublished on July 26, 2011 by Prometheus Unbound