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The Werewolf Handbook: An Essential Guide to Werewolves And, More Importantly, How to Avoid Them

3.68 of 5 stars 3.68  ·  rating details  ·  69 ratings  ·  10 reviews
Werewolves are more popular than ever--thanks largely to recent film hits--and this highly entertaining new title tells readers everything they've ever wanted to know about those terrifying preternatural members of the " canis lupus " family. Newcomers to werewolf lore will be surprised to learn that there are many different werewolf varieties. Alphas are the leaders, and ...more
Hardcover, 80 pages
Published August 1st 2010 by Barron's Educational Series
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Ok, one thing first:
Robert Curran might not be Bob Curran.
I made a mistake in my first review of this book based on an error by at the time I purchased it. Since listed it as one of Bob Curran's at the time.
But according to an E-Mail by him this was never written by him and I apologize for stating that it did.

I cannot recommend this book. It is not as though everything is wrong or it is badly written (well some parts are), but its validity is doubtful and I will only
While the author writes in an informative and entertaining way and the book has a lot of pictures from various media, the author's credibility in sharing folklore suffers. While I do not know about many of the cultures in the book, the one culture that I do know about he gets wrong.

On pages 11 and 34, he states that Finnish shamans were known to transform themselves into bears--which is absolutely not true. On page 11, I found this odd and on page 34 I could see his mistake. He connects the ter
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A brief history of canine shape-shifters found across much of the globe starts this look into the world of the werewolf. Numerous historical figures can be said to be acquainted with werewolves, and a variety of werewolves are defined.

Narrative is crisp, authentic, and laced with humor. There are a few test your friends/etc for werewolfism tests which are fun.

Numerous historical and cinema stills are inserted throughout allowing for further depth to the text and potential reference to the time p
I found the part about how to identify werewolves spot on, but the author missed red hair. Back then, those with red hair were suspected to be either witches, werewolves or vampires. I found the book well done and mostly full of informations, that you usually need to dig in folk books. I'm surprised though that he did not mention the most famous case of a french werewolf, the Beast of Gévaudan, which lasted for years, was never found, many hunters went in that area with no avail, while dead bodi ...more
Nothing special or original. But a nice, brief little read on shifters, I guess.
Phil Slattery
Lots of fun for anyone interested in werewolves. Short, easy read.
Great little book covers all you want to know about werewolf. It is interesting and informative. The part I love about this book is all the information are based on folklore and history, no soap opera or movie. The design of this book made it much more readable, took you a tour at the dark side of the world. There are also introduction of several representatives from typical werewolf-active regions, hence is very good for the understanding.
Cynthia Nobuta
Este libro de verdad me gusto mucho es ligero y lo termine en un solo día. Me gusto la información que venia de los hombres lobo y la parte que mas disfrute fue lo ultimo que son historias de hombres lobos que existieron de verdad.
I liked some of the illustrations and the book design. Not that into werewolfs.
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