Saturday, December 4, 2010
Book Review: Biblio Vampiro: An Essential Guide to Vampires and, More Importantly, How to Avoid Them by Robert Curran
• Language: English
• ISBN-13: 978-0764163418
• Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 6.4 x 0.6 inches
• RRP: $19.99
They sleep in coffins. They cast no shadows and show no reflection in mirrors. They drink blood--and as every reader will certainly recognize by now, they are Vampires! Horror movie fans and dedicated lovers of gothic tales will want a copy of this spine-chilling volume. An opening section presents a general description of vampires, offers tips to readers on how to spot them--and most important, tells how to avoid them. But to become a true vampire expert, readers must go on to the book's second section, which defines eight different vampire types. For instance, there is the Sampiro Vampire of Albania, who wears a corpse's shroud and totters around on high heels. And from Scandinavia we encounter Draugr Vampires, who guard stockpiles of gold in their stinking nests until nightfall, when they roam the earth in search of human prey. The book's lengthy final section is a compilation of spooky vampire tales collected from around the world. The terror-inducing text is complemented with more than 100 creepy illustrations in full color--though mostly, in appropriately dark and shadowy hues.
From the Inside Flap
DO VAMPIRES DRINK BLOOD?
CAN THEY APPEAR IN DAYLIGHT?
HOW DO THEY REALLY FEEL ABOUT GARLIC?
THIS BOOK WILL ANSWER ALL YOUR VAMPIRE QUESTIONS, INTRODUCE YOU TO EACH TYPE OF VAMPIRE GHOUL, TELL YOU THE REAL LIFE STORIES OF VAMPIRES, AND REVEAL THE TRUTH ABOUT THE THINGS THAT GO BUMP IN THE NIGHT.
ALONG WITH ALL THE IMPORTANT FACTS YOU NEED TO KNOW, YOU'LL ALSO DISCOVER HOW TO SPOT, AVOID, AND DEFEAT THESE DANGEROUS BLOOD-SUCKING FIENDS!
Biblio Vampiro is a great little compact tome of fascinating facts and tips for all those interested in vampires and how to deal with them.
The book is set out in a number of handy chapters, including, 10 Vital Ways to Spot a Vampire, How to avoid a vampire: Did you know that the type of wood you should use to make a wooden stake depends on the type of vampire you are trying to kill? Some require oak, others require yew, The three golden rules (if you see a vampire): protection, distraction & diversion.
Various cultures have their own vampire legends, which are all covered in this book with a couple of pages on the lore and history of the vampires for each culture. It is interesting to read about the variety of creatures, some with similar traits that we all know about from Hollywood movies, to little known vampires that hardly resemble the creatures of the night we are familiar with.
Filled with dozens of great pictures, this book will appeal to both the young and older audience, especially those fascinated with the Twilight craze.