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The Mythology of Supernatural: The Signs and Symbols Behind the Popular TV Show

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A look into the paranormal legends and lore featured on the hit television show Supernatural.

From angels to demons, supernatural weaponry to Enochian, Heaven to Hell, The Mythology of Supernatural explores the religious roots and the ancient folklore of the otherworldly entities that brothers Sam and Dean Winchester face on the hit television show Supernatural-and that ha
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Paperback, 272 pages
Published August 2nd 2011 by Berkley
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Amalia Gavea
Up until the 5th season, I was an avid watcher of ''Supernatural''. From then on, it went downhill and became too boring for me. Now I only watch a few episodes here and there. Still, this book will appeal to fans of the TV series and to those of us who are interested in the subject. It offers interesting information about the lore of the angels and the demons, about obscure deities of forgotten religions and the way they have been used during the progression of Dean and Sam's fight to retain th ...more
milusia
Jun 20, 2013 milusia rated it it was ok
The amount of easily verifiable mistakes made me doubt and question everything I read. Not the best way to keep a reader interested.
Traci
Overall, a very concise and humorous collection of blurbs regarding weapons and folklore used in the tv show Supernatural.

The pros:
-Well edited: I've read a lot of books on paranormal and supernatural topics and unfortunately, they sometimes tend to be so full of spelling and grammatical errors that it almost makes them hard to read. This book was not one of them.
-Quick and easy read: not dry, like many books on the subject, and doesn't try to present itself as a textbook. This area is still r
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Lisa Duncan
Aug 03, 2012 Lisa Duncan rated it really liked it
This book was very good and pretty comprehensive. I have to say that the author tried too hard, though. Sometimes he tried sounding too academic and knowledgeable about the various myths, gods and goddesses. Then he would throw in "Supernatural speak" (if you're a fan of the show you know what I mean) and it just sounded inappropriate and ridiculous. He also strays from the topic a little sometimes. For example, in the section about The Apocalypse, he went on about an Egyptian myth that had noth ...more
Driverpicksthemusic
May 24, 2013 Driverpicksthemusic rated it it was amazing
The Mythology of Supernatural: the Signs and Symbols behind the Popular TV Show is a must read for anyone who loves the CW series. Not only is it chock full of amazing lore and stories but the author helps debunk some rumors in the fandom as well as add interesting insight to the characters. The book is dedicated to the most amazing (and kick ass!) car in the world the 1967 black Chevy Impala because it is the only car cool enough to be driven by Dean Winchester into the apocalypse! Sadly the bo ...more
Maja Kron
Oct 18, 2013 Maja Kron rated it it was amazing
THIS BOOK WAS FREAKING AMAZING!

It was written after the 5th season of the show. It's divided into chapters with different themes, angels, demons, signs and sigils, weapons, and so on. There's a lot of information and background story about everything, and you can tell the author has researched a lot! It's not only about the monsters and weapons, the last chapter is about the Apocalypse, and you also get to read about some other historical brothers and so on.

It's written beautifully, I literall
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Madelyn
Mar 30, 2016 Madelyn rated it really liked it
Mythology is something that I find really interesting, so I was really excited to read this book (being both a fan of the show and the history). I really liked the coverage of the stories within the book. Each concept got explained in the context of Supernatural mythology, realistic mythology, and any other background information the author felt the reader might need. I was relieved to find that the author left his sources within the text and layout the information in a way that allowed the read ...more
Dana
Jan 05, 2012 Dana rated it it was amazing
All I have to say is holy shit does this man know his mythology. This is somehow one of the best mythology books that I've read. It covers a broad range of topics (all of which do pertain to events on the show) and he offers several different versions of each tale so as not to be biased. The author did his research and he did it well. You do not have to be a fan of Supernatural to enjoy this book although I have to say that all the quotes from the show did have me giggling. But, this book holds ...more
Ainoa
Jun 05, 2014 Ainoa rated it really liked it
after almost 5 months, AT LAST. That's what happens when you're reading non fiction.

If you like Supernatural and mythology this is a good book, though if you know your fair share of it already, this won't add nothing new to your data base. The book is basically descriptive on where the mythology of SPN comes from but it doesn't delve in speculation . I miss a little bit of that and more depth in the accounting of some myths.

But as I said, if you are new to mythology and you like SPN, this is t
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Jacqueline
Jul 15, 2014 Jacqueline rated it it was amazing
As a Supernatural fan and a mythological/history nerd this book was tailor made for me and did not disappoint. It explained the myth and legend behind some of the shows most important elements and then explained how the writers changed those details to fit with Supernatural's canon. It was a quick read too, I managed to finish it in one day.

If you love hunters, carry around salt and follow Misha Collins on Twitter then you might indeed enjoy this book.
Liz
Sep 22, 2014 Liz rated it really liked it
As someone who spends most of the Supernatural episode trying to figure out where they myths and creatures come from, this book was an end to all my wikipedia rabbit-trails. Brown is a mythologist who researched all the lore used on the show and writes what's straight from mythological history and what's been creatively enhanced.
Roni
May 13, 2015 Roni rated it it was amazing
This book was a great insight into the mythology and information behind all of the information of the TV show. I learned so much about the show and all the research that the writers put into the show.
Soraia Ferreira
Jan 04, 2014 Soraia Ferreira rated it it was amazing
What an amazing book! Not only talks about Supernatural, my all time favorite show, it also talks about mythology and actual american history, really really good, I had to read it for college but I would re-read it anytime!
Cecilya
Sep 03, 2013 Cecilya rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone and everyone interested in mythologies
This book was just really fascinating. i would definitely recommend. I am a big Supernatural fan so it was great for when you were wondering about the real life information on the things in the episodes, he had an answer. Even if you don't watch the show, it's an awesome read.
Tammy Van Horn
Apr 17, 2016 Tammy Van Horn rated it it was amazing
A lot of interesting and fascinating information. Definitely recommend for fans of Supernatural and interested in the mystical,paranormal, and mythology.
Anna
Mar 12, 2014 Anna rated it really liked it
4 or 4,5 stars!

Review in Swedish: http://bookshelf.blogg.se/2015/februa...
Carma Spence
Aug 14, 2011 Carma Spence rated it it was amazing
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Courtney White
Nov 19, 2015 Courtney White rated it really liked it
Very interesting. Couldn't take my eyes off.
Erinn Leach
Apr 26, 2015 Erinn Leach rated it it was amazing
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I highly suggest this for any supernatural fan or anyone that likes to know origin stories. Great read!!
Bailey
Apr 19, 2014 Bailey rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own-read
Absolutely loved this book, finished it in no time and was completely engulfed in the information.
Michael Atencio
Mar 24, 2013 Michael Atencio rated it it was amazing
Great for authors of the supernatural as a bible of different legends about signs and symbols and how they are used on the show. Next for me is te monsters version.
Tim Knight
Jun 18, 2012 Tim Knight rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
A very interesting book. If you are a comtemplicative persuasion, there's plenty to think about in this book. If you're not, it's a fun romp through Supernatural.
Alexis
Jan 08, 2017 Alexis rated it it was ok
Kinda interesting but if you are going to write a book about a t.v. show, knowing which characters appeared in episodes is important. I am surprised more people have not pointed that out.
Krystle
Feb 06, 2013 Krystle rated it really liked it
Worth noting that "[t]his book is not authorized by anyone associated with the Supernatural TV show."

The content isn't primarily about the show, but instead uses elements from the show as a jumping-off point to explain their real-life origins and meaning/significance.

It covers a lot, so it never focuses too heavily on a single topic.


Okay, random quote time:
As of the early episodes of season 6, Lucifer has not yet revealed any special eye color (though in some of the online Supernatural fan fict
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Tvaleros (SpadesHighReads)
Are you a fan or even just enjoy the TV series, Supernatural, the one with those two brothers Sam and Dean?
Have you always wanted to know more about the background of some paranormal folklore?
Ever wondered how salt, holy water, iron and all those other things to ward off evil come to play?
Have you just ever wanted to just know MORE?

The Mythology of Supernatural: The Signs and Symbols Behind the Popular TV show by Nathan Robert Brown is the perfect read to quench those eager questions you have a
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Holly
Aug 18, 2011 Holly rated it really liked it
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I accidentally purchased this book for Kindle when I meant to sample it after seeing it on a bookstore shelf. Because of that, I just dove right into reading it, instead of reading the back or reading a sample to see what its all about.

Instead of being a book that tackles the minutiae of the actual show (which is what I vaguely thought it was), Brown gives an overview of the different mythological creatures, people and concepts that show up in the show in some form or another (angels, demons, t
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Courtney Savage
Dec 18, 2016 Courtney Savage rated it really liked it
This book was fascinating! It hit on some really interesting topics about some of the symbols and myths behind the show. I was actually surprised how much of the stuff in the show is pretty close to the actual mythology. It was so interesting to read the history of some of the things that we see. This was also really well written. It pulled in a lot of references and had a similar twinge of underlying humor that we are used to from the show writers. Two things to know if you are heading into it ...more
Vernice
Dec 20, 2016 Vernice rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, non-fiction
There's a lot of information in here... like A LOT! Luckily most of it I know either from the show or reading about it somewhere else, so sometimes it was kinda boring going over known information, but that which I didn't know was fascinating. I'm no expert, so can't really say how valid any of it is, but it was a good read and I enjoyed learning more about different cultures and mythologies.
Obviously there's been many seasons since the publication of this book, so there's definitely some inform
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Jayne Lamb
This one was a grower; I was concerned about the simplicity level to begin with and was worried it was going to rehash The Supernatural Book of Monsters, Spirits, Demons, and Ghouls... but I was pleasantly suprised, as it went into some mythology that was quite off the beaten track, and I did learn a few new things. (The history of Lilith is particularly interesting, and I'm now quite keen to track down Robert's book devoted entirely to her.) It's obvious that Brown went from mythologist to fan ...more
Melissa
Oct 08, 2012 Melissa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spn
I liked the book, though admittedly not as much as I had expected to. Nathan Robert Brown definitely has an expert grasp on major mythological and theological traditions, but in some instances I couldn't follow along as he was pouring tidbit after tidbit into his explanations. Because I was brought up Catholic, I was at least familiar with many of the Judeo-Christian references but not as much with the show's other mythological influences (which, I guess, is the point of reading this book - to l ...more
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Nathan Robert Brown is a freelance author and tech writer living in North Texas, with a Master's Degree from Midwestern State University. His life and written works have given him extensive experience and an impressive body of research in such areas as world mythology/folklore, demonology, urban legends, ancient civilizations, martial arts, spirituality, and world religions. He is an expert on the ...more
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