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The Monsters Reveal Our Humanity,
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This review is from: The Science of Monsters: The Origins of the Creatures We Love to Fear (Kindle Edition)
After hearing Matt Kaplan's interview on NPR's Science Friday, I immediately purchased the book for my Kindle. I devoured it that weekend. I love mythology and legends, and I'm always fascinated by the origins of stories. I found Kaplan's book accessible and engaging, especially for a general audience. I really enjoyed how he balanced his scientific information with a discussion of how the monster or legend has been depicted in art and developed through storytelling, even in modern films. However, I did appreciate that he did not dilute or disguise the scholarly nature of his sources.
I very much enjoyed the book though I wish it had been longer, more developed and detailed. I would like to know more about the research into zombie creation or the historical circumstances leading to the rise of the vampire and werewolf legends. However, Kaplan's purpose is to entertain as much as to inform, so I understand the need to keep the book balanced. His list of sources is extensive; I have every confidence that I'll be able to sate my appetite for more information.
This book is a wonderful introduction into how monsters reveal our humanity.