Thursday, March 6, 2014

Throwback Thursday: The Resurrectionist

Meme hosted by Melissa My World in Words and Pages. It's about books that are already on the shelves and are waiting to be read. Go to her website to join in!

My submission:

The Resurrectionist: The Lost Work of Dr. Spencer Black
by E.B. Hudspeth
Philadelphia, the late 1870s. A city of gas lamps, cobblestone streets, and horse-drawn carriages—and home to the controversial surgeon Dr. Spencer Black. The son of a grave robber, young Dr. Black studies at Philadelphia’s esteemed Academy of Medicine, where he develops an unconventional hypothesis: What if the world’s most celebrated mythological beasts—mermaids, minotaurs, and satyrs—were in fact the evolutionary ancestors of humankind?

The Resurrectionist offers two extraordinary books in one. The first is a fictional biography of Dr. Spencer Black, from a childhood spent exhuming corpses through his medical training, his travels with carnivals, and the mysterious disappearance at the end of his life. The second book is Black’s magnum opus: The Codex Extinct Animalia, a Gray’s Anatomy for mythological beasts—dragons, centaurs, Pegasus, Cerberus—all rendered in meticulously detailed anatomical illustrations. You need only look at these images to realize they are the work of a madman. The Resurrectionist tells his story.
I won this one and I admit, I'm more curious about the drawings than the story.

Any good illustrated books on your tbr? 

23 comments:

  1. Wow, what an amazing cover. I can totally understand your being curious about the illustrations though the book sounds really good as well.

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  2. I totally LOVE the sound of this book, definitely going to find myself a copy, thanks for the great review! xx

    Thea @ Gizzimomo's Book Shelf

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    1. Um... no review... but it does look interesting... :)

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  3. I think I might be more interested in the drawings than the story too Melissa! I want to see these illustrations:) *considers going to the bookstore just to look at them*

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  4. I'm really intrigued by the description but not the cover. I'm thinking it might be too heavy for me. But still a bit curious...

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  5. Ooh I do like books that have good illustrations. I can't really think of an adult one at the moment...

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  6. We don't get many good illustrated books now do we? I hope the pictures are awesome! Looks cool!

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  7. O.O have to say that is one interesting cover.

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  8. Wow, I have to say that cover is a little intimidating and frightening, but I'm curious to see what you'll make of it.

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  9. I was interested in this book when it first came out because of the drawings.

    I'm not sure if the story interests me at all but I'll have to keep on the lookout for a copy.

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  10. That cover is just a little freaky...and I like it!

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  11. Oh I do remember when this first came out. You totally should read it and make me want it. ;) Thank you!

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  12. I remember the other book, and I confess I'm still intrigued by this one.

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  13. I think the images might be creepy but it intrigues me as well.

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