Wednesday, March 10, 2010

The Vampire Watcher's Handbook

TITLE: The Vampire Watcher's Handbook

AUTHOR: Constantine Gregory

PUBLISHER: Piatkus Books

PAGES: 160

MY RATING: (3 out of 5)

GOODREADS SUMMARY: The Vampire Watcher's Handbook presents a wealth of information on the lore and history of vampires, covers all the various major traditions of this much-discussed revenant. From how to dis-tinquish a 'real' vampire from a 'wannabee' (which helps avoid those embarrassing staking mistakes), to effective means of escap-ing unscathed the clutches of a ravenous creature of the night, this is a comprehensive look at the ways and means of the Undead. The Vampire Watcher's Handbook is 'reprinted' from a turn-of-the-century compendium of the craft, complete with the annota-tions of the book's original owner (whose name and fate remain unknown). For those who wish to pursue a career path as the scourge of the vampires, it includes lists of necessary equipment and essential knowledge for hunting and retiring all the various types of bloodsucking fiends (stakes and holy water not pro-vided). But it also includes many useful tips for those for whom bird watching and trainspotting have lost their charm and who now wish to observe in their natural habitat this most compelling of unnatural creatures, without ending up on the dinner menu.

MY REVIEW: This was a really fun book to read. The pages were filled with handwritten notes throughout the margins, making it look as if this book was someone's personal journal. It was really interesting to learn about the history of vampires and the differences in vampires throughout different countries.

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