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Hidden Universe Travel Guides by Marc Sumerak

Hidden Universe Travel Guides: The Marvel Cosmos: With Notes by the Guardians of the Galaxy by Marc Sumerak

 

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Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Caraval by Stephanie Garber
“The future knows what we desire, unless there is something greater in our path that chases us away.”
Scarlett has always dreamed of seeing Caraval, the once a year performance and compettiotion run by the elusive Legend. When she finally receives an invation she finds out it wasn’t what she thought.
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Shakespeare on Page and Stage: Selected Essays by Stanely Wells

Shakespeare on Page and Stage: Selected Essays by Stanely Wells

 

 

 

Pros:

-Interesting essays

-Brought up some things that I hadn’t thought about

 

Cons:

-It wasn’t around last year or any of my uni years

– Most of the essays just rehashing others’ works

-My edition wouldn’t let me read numbers (not the books fault though)

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A Menagerie of Mysterious Beasts

A Menagerie of Mysterious Beasts: Encounters with Cryptid Creatures by Ken Gerhard

 

Pros:

  • Good description of creatures
  • Doesn’t rely on pictures
  • Gives lots of evidence
  • Interesting array of creatures

Cons:

  • Maybe a bit too much evidence or anecdotes
  • I expected more about the supernatural (this is more on me than the book)

 

Thanks to the cover I came into this imaging a factual book on supernatural creatures. I was sort of wrong but that’s okay because this was really good. It does deal with legendary creatures like the Iceman and sea serpents … and werewolves … but from a more factual basis. It actually more or less leaves out the supernatural aspects of the creatures other than in passing … maybe … For example, when talking about werewolves it doesn’t really talk about them turning from humans to wolves or vice versa.

Instead it focuses on the evidence. There are lots of recorded sightings of the beasts – both historical and contemporary – put in here, including some from the author himself. It was good actually seeing the evidence of where Gerhard got his information from instead of just being told it. It even admitted when there were alternative theories for the creatures such as with the werewolves possibly being a hyena, which I really appreciated.

Admittedly, there was maybe a bit too much of the evidence and anecdotes. While I liked seeing the evidence I maybe would have liked more creatures than so many recorded sightings.

That being said there was a good array of creatures. I may not have been interested in all of them – I’ve never been too interested in the Iceman or ape like creatures – but it was interesting reading some of the sightings of them. I’ll admit I was more interested in the creatures from the “whimsical creatures” chapter, but that is because I’m more interested in the supernatural. Hell it had Black-eyed-children. Though in the bird section the most talked about creature was the Thunderbird which I’m especially fascinated about at the moment thanks to Harry Potter.

 

All in all, really good. An interesting read which I would recommend to anyone interested in cryptozoology. Well written with lots evidence and interesting creatures.

 

 

Goodreads Link:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28700181-a-menagerie-of-mysterious-beasts

American Monsters (Demon Road #3) by Derek Landy

American Monsters (Demon Road #3) by Derek Landy

 

All things come to an end and Amber has to deal with everything that has happened since finding out she is a demon. She’s lost Kelly, she’s lost Glen – sort of – her parents are still after her and she’s working for the demon that started it all. With dreams of her dead siblings and Milo by her side will she find a way to be free?

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The Bard and the Bible

The Bard and the Bible: A Shakespeare Devotional by Bob Hostetler

 

Pros:

  • Well researched
  • Interesting

 

Cons:

  • More Christian based than I thought (I know title should have been a hint)
  • Not sure quotes always related well

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What Does the Devil Do?

The Gentleman by Forrest Leo

 

During a masquerade party Lionel Savage meets the Devil and loses his wife. With her gone he realises that there is more to her and the world around him than he thought. 

Or

“Being a Truthful Account Concerning the Hazards of Love, Marriage, Duels, Poetry, Inventors, Family, Anarchists, Airships, Intercourse with the Devil, Ladies’ Undergarments, Painting from Life….”

 

Pros:

 

  • Everything

 

Cons:

 

  • Maybe characterisation … but not much

 

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Alice in Wonderland without Alice or much Wonderland

After Alice by Gregory Maguire

 

Ada, Alice’s friend, escapes her governess and falls through a rabbit hole. At the same time Lydia, Alice’s sister, tries to spend time with Mr. Winter and learns something about herself as her father entertains Charles Darwin. 

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Smoke by Dan Vyleta

Smoke by Dan Vyleta

 

 

Sin unfurls from the body like smoke, leaving a stain on anything it touches. It’s been like that like for as long as anyone can remember.

Three teenagers soon learn that everything they thought they knew is a lie as they are caught up in a plot to change the world of Smoke.

 


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