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Monsters: A Bestiary of Devils, Demons, Vampires, Werewolves, and Other Magical Creatures

3.73  ·  Rating Details ·  176 Ratings  ·  28 Reviews
From myth to manga, an artistic visual history of the human mind through an imaginative collection of fantastical monsters from around the world

• Includes more than 300 color illustrations

• Reveals monsters to be essential companions to the gods and the necessary complement to the perfect human archetype of the hero

Every culture on earth has its own monsters. Their stor
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Paperback, 192 pages
Published August 25th 2010 by Inner Traditions (first published January 1st 2010)
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Kthxbai!
Mar 29, 2013 Kthxbai! rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun, fast read giving a general overview of monsters from history and myth. The focus is on the gorgeous artwork, not the text -- which is really quite skimpy. You certainly won't learn much about the folklore or the psychology behind monsters, but you'll get a kick out of seeing the fine variety of demons, ghouls, dragons, and other fantastic creatures as interpreted by Goya, Blake, and Aldrovandi.
Ipek
Jul 08, 2013 Ipek rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you want a thorough resource about monsters and beasts, this book is not for you. Nevertheless, it is a great book for a general knowledge about the creatures of folk tales and myths combined with a humorous writing. It makes a great light reading for lazy times, the artwork in it of monsters, creatures and spirits is quite wonderful to have too. I'd highly recommend it if you are looking for a general overview and an easy read on the subject.
Cintia Andrade
Sep 23, 2014 Cintia Andrade rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
the artwork is absolutely amazing, even though the content is rather superficial. the book is quite monstrous itself (with a scaly hard cover), which made me feel like i was reading harry potter's monster book of monsters.
Stefan
Feb 13, 2011 Stefan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting insight into the boundless possibilities of human imagination and fear, packed full of high quality full page artworks from around the world and throughout time.
Pedro Zavala
Sep 04, 2011 Pedro Zavala rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really loved, beautiful and fun.
Cubukcu
Dec 21, 2016 Cubukcu rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Öncelikle kitabın baskısının ve cildinin çok güzel olduğunu belirtmeliyim. Cilt kapağında sanki yılan derisi hissi veren dokulu bir kağıt kullanılmış. Kitabın büyük çoğunluğu görsel malzemeden oluşuyor ve bunların hepsi birbirinden güzel. Bir sanat kitabı gibi bakmaktan keyif alabilirsiniz. Yaklaşık 30 sayfalık metin konu hakkında genel bir bilgi verirken, ince bir mizah anlayışıyla da sizi yer yer gülümsetiyor.
goatprinciple
Jan 11, 2017 goatprinciple rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gerçekten çok güzel bir kitaptı özellikle illüstrasyonlar bir harika fakat içindeki bilgiler beni pek tatmin etmedi çünkü derinliğine hiç inilmemiş ama yine de kitap çok güzeldi.
Stargirl
Here's a good book to dig in for monster history.

It's not a huge book, and do not have lots of ressources and text, mainly beautiful (and creepy - the best) illustrations picked from all over the world, and time to give us an idea of all kind of monsters people imagined through time.
The paper is of quality and really does justice to the pieces of monster art represented.

There definitely are some weird things, let me tell you.
Marie
Nov 04, 2016 Marie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The shown artwork is amazing and the stories give a short overview of monsters, but there could be more detailed descriptions... but all in all it was amazing to read and it felt very magical ...more
Bistra Ivanova
"Който се изправя срещу чудовища, трябва да внимава да не се превърне в едно от тях" ~ Ницше

Нямах никакво намерение да чета книгата до момента, в който за първи път не я видях на живо. Изглежда наистина чудесно - тежка хартия с много, много репродукции и снимки и твърди корици, които имитират змийска кожа. Тъкмо когато възхитено си казах "Уау, печатницата на Жанет 45 и това ли може да прави!", отгърнах отзад и разбрах, че книгата е отпечатана в Китай :-)

Кристофър Дейл прави един обзор на чудови
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Susannah
I love learning about supernatural creatures (especially after watching Supernatural and learning about some of the more obscure ones). This is not aimed at children, yet the information in it is fairly light and introductory, while it is heavy on pictures and illustrations. The illustrations are interesting, but if you have read anything about supernatural creatures before, you will not learn anything new here. Of most interest to me were the references to Japanese supernatural creatures, of wh ...more
Artur Coelho
Este é um livro que excita a imaginação. Dá-nos precisamente o que promete: um bestiário de estranhas criaturas saídas dos mitos e lendas da longa história da imaginação humana. É também puro eye candy. Não perde muito tempo com descrições historiográficas ou mitológicas das criaturas que apresenta. A grande força desta obra está na imagem.

É no uso da imagem que este livro revela a sua força. É um livro sobre criaturas fantásticas, mas não assenta na ilustração contemporânea para apresentar imag
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Bookaholic
Apropo de viermi, pitici, “chiori” şi vrăjitoare. De ce simţim mereu nevoia să materializăm răul? Prezenţa lui nu pare să fie niciodată „satisfăcătoare” la nivelul invizibil al ideilor. E ca şi cum dacă ne revoltăm împotriva unor lucruri invizibile, riscăm să fim consideraţi nebuni. Avem nevoie să asociem răul şi pericolul cu urâtul, scârbosul, diformul şi monstruosul.

Mi s-a părut interesantă ideea unui Bestiar al bizarului, aşa că am aruncat un ochi în cartea cu Monştri, publicată la Art. Între
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Holden Attradies
Aug 06, 2013 Holden Attradies rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, art-book
I got this because I heard a great interview with the author on the podcast "MonsterTalk." It definitely isn't what I was expecting, which soured my read early on, but once I got into the book I thoroughly enjoyed it.

So, if your looking for an encyclopedia/in depth history/analysis of monsters this isn't the right book. BUT if your looking for a book like that you'd probably enjoy the hell out of this, which is light on reading but heavy on some really interesting pieces of historical art work
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Steve Wiggins
Aug 14, 2015 Steve Wiggins rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful pictures, as Thames & Hudson books are known for. This was an impulse museum shop buy, and although the text is rather slim (an easy afternoon's read), the ideas are important and the images are great. I have more to say about this book on my blog: Sects and Violence in the Ancient World.
Alice
Feb 15, 2016 Alice rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As I think everybody who took a look at this book has thought, it is a wonderful piece of art. It is beautiful to look at, the art and graphic are amazing. I'd give it 5 stars, but I didn't like how text and images were linked to each other. Still, I am glad I picked this book up! (Can we also say something the scaled texture of the cover??! A+)
Michael
Not much text, but a nice selection of art on the subject and a list for further reading at the end.

Unfortunately, there are no captions on the illustrations themselves; instead they are identified in a list at the end of each chapter, which isn't as convenient.

Probably still worth looking at, especially since it can be read in a day or so fairly easily.
Olga
Jan 14, 2015 Olga rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
well It was an interesting reading, although I hoped for much more information to be published. If you have some basic knowledge it won't be interesting for you, but printed fragments of various paintings ot other art connected with 'monsters' make this book worth picking.
Steffi
Jun 14, 2016 Steffi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Schöne, grelle Zusammenstellung von bekannten und weniger bekannten Darstellungen von Monstern in der westlichen aber auch fernöstlichen Kulturen. Die erklärenden Texte sind bewusst kurz gehalten, sodass das Buch ein wahrer Genuss für die Augen ist.
James Taylor
Dec 31, 2014 James Taylor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A beautifully illustrated reference book on the world's monsters. Lots pictures that i hadn't seen before.
Lia Ung
Interesting and quick to read with all the illustrations and paintings. Some of the stories were just plain stupid but than again, those are the ones I like the best.
Tonia
Tonia rated it really liked it
Jul 28, 2014
Carti+Alina
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Apr 27, 2014
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Anna
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Gerlinde
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Tom Parkin
Tom Parkin rated it it was amazing
Jun 09, 2014
Lune
Lune rated it really liked it
Sep 11, 2016
Elizabeth Judd Taylor
A really fun book with gorgeous illustrations from all parts of the world and all times in history.
Desiree
Desiree rated it liked it
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