Summer's Reviews > Monster of God: The Man-Eating Predator in the Jungles of History and the Mind

Monster of God by David Quammen
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Dec 20, 07

bookshelves: nonfiction
Recommended for: dragonriders and dragonslayers alike
Read in January, 2004

I came across a review of this book around the time I decided to rewrite To Bridle a Dragon - and immediately knew I had to read it. Quammen's book compares the lore about man-eating predators with the behavior of the real animals. In literature, predators eat the unholy and the feckless. In real life, they eat those least able to defend themselves. Efforts to preserve endangered predators are often met with resistance from those who risk death sharing the land with them.

The gorgeously written book rambles through jungles real and imagined - through Beowulf and the Aliens movies, through a lion preserve in India and bikers' croc-hunting ground in Australia.

Monster of God has been criticized because it doesn't provide the sort of 'aha!' moment that the author's acclaimed Song of the Dodo does. But Quammen realistically addresses a sticky problem in which there are no clean solutions.
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