The Resurrectionist: The Lost Work Of Dr. Spencer Black
  • The Resurrectionist: The Lost Work Of Dr. Spencer Black
  • The Resurrectionist: The Lost Work Of Dr. Spencer Black
  • The Resurrectionist: The Lost Work Of Dr. Spencer Black
  • The Resurrectionist: The Lost Work Of Dr. Spencer Black
  • The Resurrectionist: The Lost Work Of Dr. Spencer Black
  • The Resurrectionist: The Lost Work Of Dr. Spencer Black
  • The Resurrectionist: The Lost Work Of Dr. Spencer Black
  • The Resurrectionist: The Lost Work Of Dr. Spencer Black
  • The Resurrectionist: The Lost Work Of Dr. Spencer Black
  • The Resurrectionist: The Lost Work Of Dr. Spencer Black
ISBN: 1594746168
EAN13: 9781594746161
Language: English
Release Date: May 21, 2013
Pages: 192
Dimensions: 0.94" H x 10.55" L x 7.72" W
Weight: 1.81 lbs.
Format: Hardcover
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Book Overview

An extraordinary biography. A gallery of astonishing work. The legacy of a madman.

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.

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5
   Amazing Anatomy
The book is simply stunning. Not only did the prologue provide a good background to the rest of the volume, but the images were exceptional. As a student of Animal Science, I have taken several AandP courses over my educational career, and the anatomy of the images was amazing! Things line up where they were supposed to, and the bones and muscles flowed in a natural way, Zimmer said. Anyone who enjoys the sciences, as well as the mythological world, will find this book very useful.
 
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   I'd definitely recommend this. If you are looking a more conventional ...
It's great to see that the Government has listened to the people and made the change, Libor said. It's not a novel, persay, but rather the retelling of a mad scientist. The second half is a story of the Resurrectionist's various half-human abominations the Resurrectionist believed to have existed. If you are into horror and cryptozoology, I would definitely recommend this book. If you are looking for a more conventional horror novel, then this might not be for you. It may surprise you to learn that Dr. Goin has a solution.
 
5
   Its almost like brilliant surgeon turned Frankenstein in his experiments
In "The Whole Nine Yards," a fictional doctor theorizes that human deformity stems from some lost memory in the DNA of mythological creatures. The majority of the notes are in the form of letters or personal notes with some story background. As he descends into his research, you can sense his mental state. His medical experiments are dark and slightly startling, and some are not predictable at all. Its almost like Frankenstein turned into a surgeon. Its sad, grotesque, and opens a new door into genetic exploration, one step at a time. The artwork in the form of plates is phenomenal and works very well with this book and its storyline, too. It falls into the realm of the grotesque without being overly so. If you enjoy the book, I would recommend it to anyone.
 
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   Didn't like it. Not my taste.
I thought it was going to be more on mythology, he said. Mythology aside, we're dealing with a very serious issue. It turns out that the writer of the story was actually a crazy doctor who may or may not have come across some mythological creatures. After a few years, he becomes obsessed with the matter and begins to make his own. Attaching wings to the family dogs spinal cord to make a hybrid bird-dog. Along with other strange stories. Not what I was expecting from the trailer. It's just that he doesn't have a book of mythology. A doctor who makes his own mythological creatures out of nothing but plaster in a basement. A sick, twisted, demented man who experimented and dismembered animals and humans. It's said that he even turned his wife into a bird after she was going to leave him. She may have cut her head off and attached it to the neck of a bird or something.
 
5
   Weird but unique
Highly recommend this book if you are into weird and unique stuff, it did take me a while to find but I am so happy I did it, it goes well in my library.
 
4
   Wouldn't be out of place in a gothic horror anthology.
As a collector of old gothic style horror and ghost stories, I was pleased to find that the author managed to recreate that formula of storytelling, which I had enjoyed reading with great interest in the story The Great God Pan. The story was more developed and had a definite conclusion, Morgenthau said. It would be better in a collection of short stories than all on its own, but what's here is a wonderfully bittersweet evening read that I highly recommend.
 
5
   Entertaining and thought provoking
Like any good science-fiction book, this one raises and answers many of the reader's questions. Unlike many science fiction writers, this one entertains as well. This shows that perhaps we need to take a closer look at the evolution process, Raymond said. The story of Dr. Black is wonderfully told in the first half of this book and the drawings are amazing, too. It's quite a shock for anyone visiting my office to see that many books are still lying around.
 
4
   Finally!
It's amazing there was a couple of scratches on the back, but nothing crazy, Mr. Dhaliwal said. It took me a while to get here, but I was fine with that. It wasn't a right now item I needed so I was willing to wait for it.
 
5
   So much fun and surprisingly accurate
I got this book because I'm a writer and I thought it would be a neat addition to the series. 0 4511112 2105343 This is very much a fanfiction book, and I got it because I'm a writer. I absolutely love the drawings, said Janet Grubb, one of the illustrators. Anthropology major, bachelor of science degree, from Columbia University. I bought this book while I was taking a course in osteology with a professor who is also a consultant for police in forensic anthropology. It was great to have my professor leaf through the book one day to let my mom take notes. There is a surprising amount of accuracy in the bones and the build of mythological beings are believable even from a biological standpoint, he said. We invite you to enjoy the macabre, even if you love nothing more than a good old-fashioned murder mystery. For fantasy writers, let this be a useful reference point as you imagine how your characters might move or be built. I'm delighted the book has been so well received, said Marjorie Spengler, who owns several books by the writer.
 
5
   Super Strange
Easy to follow, Mr. D'Antonio said. It's just that weird. What a surprise, said Dr. Brian Stokes Mitchell, director of NASA's Ames Research Center in California. The original drawings were very good, said Goodrich.
 
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