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Man-Made Monsters: A Field Guide to Golems, Patchwork Solders, Homunculi, and Other Created Creatures

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  • Posted August 2, 2011

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    Definitely Recommended!

    Review Brought to you by OBS staff Member Karolina

    As someone who adores Ancient history (and has studied it), myth and legend, and who has studied psychology - I adored this book. The excerpt delivers exactly what it promises. Dr Curran combines really compelling narrative with myths and legends around popular monsters, such as Frankenstein, Golems and as well as looking at artifacts such as ancient Greek, Roman and Egyptian texts and discusses what it means for people for these things to exist. From suspicious doctors playing god (Giovanni Aldini and the story of George Forster, as well as the legend and connection of Johann Dippel to Frankenstein) to Ancient Chinese texts, this book is a great way to explore creation myths and people's fascination with life and death.

    My favorite exploration of Mythology and legend that appear in Dr Curran's book, being the ancient history geek that I am, is probably chapter 3, " the thing in the jar" , which combines ancient historical texts, religious beliefs, and the ancient art of alchemy to discuss the mysterious works of the mysterious knights Templar and the secrets experiments done. This particular chapter also briefly speaks of things such as mandrakes, which of course now appears in popular culture such as Harry Potter.

    I'd definitely say this was an enjoyable read for anyone who wants to delve into creation myths and the history behind them, and even those who consider themselves quite well versed in these topics. The art in this book, done by Ian Daniels, is also phenomenal.

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