I have been bombarded with books. Netgalley has been chucking them my way, so frequently that I’m not able to keep up reading all of them, much less write reviews of each of them. Sometimes–well, quite often–it’s fun to read … Continue reading
I cannot, for the life of me, figure out how to flip this image. This all-new definitive guide to writing imaginative fiction takes a completely novel approach and fully exploits the visual nature of fantasy through original drawings, maps, renderings, … Continue reading
I haven’t done a giveaway in a while so I thought it was time I did another one. The awesome-sauce people at Quirk Press gave me not one, but three copies of The Resurrectionist by E. B. Hudspeth. This is a book that I got to review and this post will serve as both a way for you to enter and my review of the book. (See below for entry options.)
The book is basically two-in-one. The first half of the book is an “biography” of Dr. Spencer Black, a somewhat crazy ex-doctor who was so convinced that mythical creatures were once very real that he created them on his own and joined the circus (that’s greatly paraphrased). The second half of the book is full of beautiful pictures of mythical creatures in a sort-of medical book. There are at least three different views of each creature, including their musculature and skeletal systems.
When I first saw this book a year ago in a bookstore I couldn’t figure out how much of this book is fiction. Honestly, it’s still not clear whether or not Dr. Spencer Black a real guy. For sure people like him existed, E. B. Hudspeth does a fantastic job of creating Dr. Black as a crazy man and as a man who was very alive, much like the creatures he’s obsessed with. The first half of the book, the “biography” of this man ends in his mysterious disappearance. What happened to him is up for the readers imagination.
The writing of the biography and the snippets of journal entries by Dr. Spencer Black were very well don’t. Hudspeth created a crazy man that came alive in both the author’s writing and Black’s “own” journal entries. I found the first few chapters to be quite monotonous, it almost read like a textbook. But it was fitting, very fitting for the man Hudspeth created. The latter part of the first part of the book was more interesting. It chronicled his time working with the circus and detailed some of the creatures he created.
The second part of the book was where it really got interesting–and downright beautiful. The mythical creatures that Black created came to life with pen and ink. Pages and pages of each creature existed with numerous hand drawn picture of the creatures in various stages of autopsy. Accompanying the medical grade drawing is about half a page about the creature, introducing them and their interest to Black.
I’ve decided to give away three copies of this book (thanks to Quirk Books!) to my readers. This is a book that is great for reading in small sessions. I was able to do so between classes, something that can be difficult with novels because I have to get back into the flow of things. The Resurrectionist is an easy read, ideal for people who only have little times at a time… to read.
I highly recommend this book for the dark fantasy lovers as well as anyone interested in mythical creatures or looking for a read that is easy to keep up with.