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Monsters: A Bestiary of the Bizarre

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  111 ratings  ·  19 reviews
This book explores monsters through the ages and throughout the world. With a brilliant set of bizarre and fantastical illustrations, Monsters provides a dark yet engrossing visual history of fearsome beasts from every age and culture. Christopher Dell investigates what the existence of monsters even if only in our heads says about humankind, and explores such questions as ...more
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published 2010 by Thames & Hudson
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Ipek
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.
Kthxbai!
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.
Cintia Andrade
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
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.
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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Pedro Zavala
I really loved, beautiful and fun.
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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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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Holden Attradies
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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Olga
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.
James Taylor
A beautifully illustrated reference book on the world's monsters. Lots pictures that i hadn't seen before.
Steffi
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.
Deniz Cem Önduygu
The visual material is amazing, but the text and its relationship with the visuals are weak.
Elizabeth Judd taylor
A really fun book with gorgeous illustrations from all parts of the world and all times in history.
Weasel
Good little intro, mostly pictures/art images
Snail in Danger (Sid) Nicolaides
Many nice illustrations, but no clear sourcing.
Erica
The art in this book is awesome!
Karen
Loved the art in this book!
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