R – Monsters

Title: Monsters
Author: John Michael Greer
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications
ISBN: 0-7387-0050-9
Copyright: 2001 John Michael Greer
Pages: 320

John Michael Greer needs to go back to his herb garden, mix up some herbal remedy to cure his incessant babbling, and get back to work writing some serious material. His book on Natural Magic was the ultimate in excellent resources. I’m starting to feel like he fell off the turnip truck on the way from the patch.

I was extremely disappointed in this book – no, beyond extremely disappointed. I’d hoped for the crypto-zoological type of monster, not what I and most people consider being mythological or from alternate-realms. I mean come on people – Bela Lugosi vampires do not exist. Face it. Accept it. Mr. Greer – I invite you to talk to a real vampire. Perhaps I’m a bit biased on that score. All right then, let’s view another “monster” according to Greer. Faeries? Since bloody when are faeries monsters? Perhaps in a Christian household where faeries are used to scare the kids into staying in their beds…oooh, here’s another one. Angels. Ok, sure – is anyone else as confused as I am?

Quote pg. 94
“In the old lore, solitary fays are often covered with a thick coat of hair. this and some of their other habits suggest a connection with another of the unexplained presences that haunt the shadowy places of the modern world.

The sasquatch, as mentioned earlier, is probably an undiscovered variety of primate, not a monster in the sense used in this book. The same is likely true of its close cousins across the Bering Straits in eastern Asia: the yeti or “abominable snowman” of the Himalayas, the almas of Mongolia, and similar creatures reported from China and Siberia.”

Sasquatch isn’t a monster (well, no I didn’t think so either, but they’re closer crypto-wise) but faery are?

I’d say the only “monster” in the book was either the publisher or the author. Folks, come on – if you’re going to title a book Monsters, write about monsters. If you’re going to publicize a book as being about Monsters, it should be about monsters.

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Jodi Lee, aka ierne, is a 20+ year veteran of pagan paths. A single work at home mom, she is currently hard at work on her first novel.


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