Books for Breakfast #55

Book Reviews

This time I had the pleasure of reading:
The Resurrectionist by E.B. Hudspeth
Another perfect title from Quirk Books! I loved Horrorstor, which I also read a while back. I don’t normally pay too much to publishing houses, but I think I can say that Quirk might be my favorite publisher. Not to mention they hail from my home state of PA, so that’s another bonus! But enough about that, let’s talk about this book!!
So this book is split into two parts. The first is a telling of the life of Dr. Spencer Black and the second is part of his unfinished book, which is basically a glossary of mythical creatures, with descriptions and anatomical drawings of them. It’s really quite cool. 
First, about the life of Dr. Spencer Black. This story takes place in the late 1800’s, when freak shows, cabinets of curiosities,  and carnivals where all over the place and they traveled in caravans to tour. It was also when medicine was still pretty rudimentary and a lot of people died from infections after surgeries. Dr. Black made a lot of strides in the world of medicine, until that is….he became interested in something else…genetic mutations. It’s interesting to see how his work changed and his slow slide into what most would call madness and obsession.
You’re left wondering a lot of things about Dr. Spencer Black. I want to read more about him! His story is shrouded in such mystery! I demand a sequel and more drawings too! 

While I know next to nothing about anatomy or bone structure, I still really enjoyed looking through all these drawings at how the bones and muscles of mythical creatures might look. It was like the cherry on top of the cake of an interesting read. It really flew by, not being all too long, but it was still very enjoyable! 

Also. These design layouts. I swear, all the books from Quirk are gorgeous. Look at this hard cover!! Fabulous!
Next on my reading list is:
Signora Da Vinci & In the Miso Soup
Disclosure: I received this book for free from Quirk Books to review on my blog. All opinions are my own. 

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By Jess

A bookworm since the tender age of whenever I stopped chewing on books and started actually reading them. A cat-mom, graphic designer, and introvert originally from Pittsburgh, but now resides in the humid, hot, state of Texas. Cheers!

  • Hahah I'm about to read Horrorstor, too! I'm literally about to go pick it up from the library now 😀

  • This book looks so cool! The books from Quirk are amazing and I love their Twitter! Everything they come out with is unique and interesting!
    ~Sara

  • Kay

    I've heard of The Resurrectionist (though I can't remember if I added it to my list!) and Horrorstor was the #1 book on my Christmas list. I'll have to check out other books from Quirk as well!

  • I loved Horrorstor, it was SUCH a great read!! I really need to get some more books from Quirk, they have awesome titles!

  • I love their Twitter too!! Their books are so well designed and I'm such a fan!!

  • It's SO GOOD! I think you'll really enjoy it! The layout is so interesting!

  • The concept of this book sounds really neat, definitely need to check it out!

  • It was an awesome concept, the drawings were so fantastic, it's not the way you really think about mythical creatures, but seeing how their bone structures would work is really fascinating!