The Resurrectionist: The Lost Work of Dr. Spenser Black Book Review

The Resurrectionist: The Lost Work of Dr. Spenser Black by E. B. Hudspeth

Publisher: Quirk Books

Published: May 21st 2013

Pages: 191

Synopsis:

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?

My Thoughts:

This book was really interesting to read. The first about third of the novel follows Dr. Spenser Black’s life and his research, and the latter two thirds are a book that he wrote about ‘extinct’ creatures.

I really enjoyed the first part of the book that was about the doctor’s life. It was written in a series of journal entries, testimonials, drawings, and commentary from the author. I got to learn a lot about the very strange doctor and the kind of work that he did. Using all of those different writings made the book really unique and fun to read. Even though it was nonficton, the book was never boring or too detailed, and I felt like I was reading a fiction book the whole time.

The illustrations in the book were absolutely amazing. The mythical creatures were really detailed and I loved how it showed all the muscles, bones, and other body parts of the creatures in a scientific way that made them look as if they were real live animals being researched.

I found this book so interesting and I highly recommend it if you like mythical creatures like mermaids or if you are just looking for a very unique read that unlike anything you have ever read before.

Rating: 5 Stars / 5 Stars

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