Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Real Wolfmen by Linda S Godfrey

A fun read!

Real Wolfmen, True Encounters in Modern America is an unusual compilation of eye-witness accounts of strange bipedal doglike creatures.  It is interesting to read each of these accounts from ordinary people in ordinary situations when they come upon this strange sight.  I understand that eyewitness accounts can not always be taken at face value because of the way our minds process some information, but for so many people to describe the same phenomenon in different areas of the country is fascinating. 

Initially I thought the author was a little too flippant with her paragraph titles which made it sound as though she was ridiculing the people who trusted her by sharing these accounts with her.  I recently heard the author, Linda S. Godfrey, on a radio program and she did not sound at all as though she was doing that.  I guess it was just a little sarcastic humor in the book.  She also covers briefly what is several ideas speculating about what could account for these sightings, but it is just that – speculation. 

I enjoyed reading Real Wolfmen  as I do most books about cryptozoology.  Cryptozoology includes the study of animals not proven to exist, the existence of known animals in places where they were not expected to occur, and sightings of animals presumed to be extinct. 

 I am not sure if I received this specifically for a review or if I won it in a drawing, but my standard disclaimer applies.  I did not pay for the book, I did not get paid for a review, and I only post my honest opinion whether I like it or not.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

True Medical Detective Stories by Clifton K. Meador, M.D.

I’m a big fan of mysteries and I am also a big fan of medical stories.  True Medical Detective Stories satisfies both of those interests.  This is an interesting book containing 18 stories of patients with mysterious illnesses. When we go to the doctor, we expect that our physician  will rely on their vast knowledge after years of schooling, but in this book Dr. Meador explains how he and other doctors also have to use the skills of a detective.

Dr. Meador has been practicing and teaching medicine for more than 50 years and his wisdom, wit, skill and compassion are evident throughout the book.  He also shows how the most important part of the human body for a doctor to understand is the brain.

Normally I breeze over the prefaces and dedications, but in this book I was really touched by the nice dedication he wrote for his childhood hero, author Berton Roueché. 

Some of the stories are shocking and some will make you chuckle, but all of them will hold your interest. I enjoyed every one, and it left me eager to find Dr. Meador’s other books.

I received an advanced reader copy of True Medical Detective Stories by Clifton K. Meador, M.D. with the understanding that my review will be my honest opinion of the book.  I receive no compensation for books purchased through my link to amazon.com.
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