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The Nature Of Monsters by Clare Clark

Title The Nature of Monsters
Author Clare Clark
Publisher HMH
Release Date 2008-05-12
Category Fiction
Total Pages 400
ISBN 0547542763
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A pregnant teenager discovers her employer’s sinister secrets in an eighteenth-century London that “feels alive and intense, magnificently raw” (The New York Times Book Review). 1666: The Great Fire of London sweeps through the streets and a heavily pregnant woman flees the flames. A few months later she gives birth to a child disfigured by a red birthmark. 1718: Sixteen-year-old Eliza Tally sees the gleaming dome of St. Paul’s Cathedral rising above a rebuilt city. She arrives as an apothecary’s maid, a position hastily arranged to shield the father of her unborn child from scandal. But why is the apothecary so eager to welcome her when he already has a maid, a half-wit named Mary? Why is Eliza never allowed to look her veiled master in the face or go into the study where he pursues his experiments? It is only on her visits to the Huguenot bookseller who supplies her master’s scientific tomes that she realizes the nature of his obsession. And she knows she has to act to save not just the child but Mary and herself. This ebook includes a sample chapter of Beautiful Lies.

Title The Nature of Classification
Author J. Wilkins
Publisher Springer
Release Date 2013-11-27
Category Science
Total Pages 197
ISBN 9781137318121
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Discussing the generally ignored issue of the classification of natural objects in the philosophy of science, this book focuses on knowledge and social relations, and offers a way to understand classification as a necessary aspect of doing science.

Terrorists As Monsters by Marco Pinfari

Title Terrorists as Monsters
Author Marco Pinfari
Publisher Oxford University Press
Release Date 2019-11-15
Category Political Science
Total Pages 256
ISBN 9780190927899
Language English, Spanish, and French
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From the chilling threats of the "ISIS vampire" to the view of al-Qaeda as the "Frankenstein the CIA created," terrorism seems to be inextricably bound with monstrosity. But why do the media and government officials often portray terrorists as monsters? And perhaps more puzzling, why do terrorists sometimes want to be perceived as such? This book, the first of its kind, examines the use of archetypal metaphors of monstrosity in relation to terrorism, from the gorgons of Robespierre's "reign of terror" to the dragons and lycanthropes of anarchism, the beasts and blood-licking demons of ethnonational terrorism, and the hydras and Frankenstein's monsters of Islamic jihadism. Marco Pinfari argues that politicians frame terrorists as unmanageable monsters not only in an effort at cultural "othering" and dehumanization, but also to secure popular backing for rule-breaking behavior in counter-terrorism. The book also explores the way that terrorists themselves impersonate monsters, showing that several groups have pursued such a tactic throughout the history of terrorism. It contributes to a number of ongoing public debates by highlighting how, even when actors like the Islamic State present themselves as mad and irrational, their tactics remain in essence rational. Pinfari also provides an original historical outlook on the roots of monster metaphors and discusses several types of terrorism, including state terrorism, left-wing terrorism, anarchism, ethnonationalist terrorism, and white supremacist groups. In unpacking the functions played by monster metaphors and by their impersonation, Terrorists as Monsters helps the reader understand the political processes that hide behind the fangs.

A Cosmology Of Monsters by Shaun Hamill

Title A Cosmology of Monsters
Author Shaun Hamill
Publisher Vintage
Release Date 2020-08-04
Category Fiction
Total Pages 336
ISBN 9780525563921
Language English, Spanish, and French
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"If John Irving ever wrote a horror novel, it would be something like this. I loved it." --Stephen King ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR: ESQUIRE - THE NERD DAILY - THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY A GOODREADS CHOICE AWARDS FINALIST Monsters both figurative and very literal stalk the Turner family. The youngest child, Noah, narrates the family history: how in the late '60s, his bookish mother, Margaret, marries Lovecraft-lover Harry against her better judgment. The couple has two daughters--Sydney, born for the spotlight, and the brilliant but awkward Eunice, a natural writer and storyteller. But finances are tight, Margaret and Eunice are haunted by horrific dreams, and Harry starts acting strangely. He becomes obsessed with the construction of an elaborately crafted haunted house attraction, christened the Wandering Dark. The family tries to shield baby Noah from the house's faux horrors, but unbeknownst to them, he's being visited by a furry beast with glowing orange eyes--the same ghastly being glimpsed by both his mother and sister. However, unlike them, Noah decides to let the creature in. . . . As he approaches the conclusion of his family's tale, it becomes more and more apparent that there's only one way the story can end: with Noah making the ultimate sacrifice.

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

Title A Monster Calls
Author Patrick Ness
Publisher Candlewick Press
Release Date 2013-08-27
Category Young Adult Fiction
Total Pages 240
ISBN 9780763669096
Language English, Spanish, and French
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NOW A #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER! An unflinching, darkly funny, and deeply moving story of a boy, his seriously ill mother, and an unexpected monstrous visitor. At seven minutes past midnight, thirteen-year-old Conor wakes to find a monster outside his bedroom window. But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting-- he’s been expecting the one from his nightmare, the nightmare he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments. The monster in his backyard is different. It’s ancient. And wild. And it wants something from Conor. Something terrible and dangerous. It wants the truth. From the final idea of award-winning author Siobhan Dowd-- whose premature death from cancer prevented her from writing it herself-- Patrick Ness has spun a haunting and darkly funny novel of mischief, loss, and monsters both real and imagined.

Sea Monsters by Stephen Cumbaa

Title Sea Monsters
Author Stephen Cumbaa
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 2007
Category Juvenile Nonfiction
Total Pages 40
ISBN PSU:000061497979
Language English, Spanish, and French
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On The Nature Of Things by Titus Lucretius Carus

Title On the Nature of Things
Author Titus Lucretius Carus
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 1851
Category
Total Pages 86
ISBN HARVARD:32044005055405
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Lucretius On The Nature Of Things by Titus Lucretius Carus

Title Lucretius On the Nature of Things
Author Titus Lucretius Carus
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 1870
Category
Total Pages 496
ISBN PSU:000002049892
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Title Monster of God The Man Eating Predator in the Jungles of History and the Mind
Author David Quammen
Publisher W. W. Norton & Company
Release Date 2004-09-17
Category Nature
Total Pages 528
ISBN 039307630X
Language English, Spanish, and French
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"Rich detail and vivid anecdotes of adventure....A treasure trove of exotic fact and hard thinking."—The New York Times Book Review, front page For millennia, lions, tigers, and their man-eating kin have kept our dark, scary forests dark and scary, and their predatory majesty has been the stuff of folklore. But by the year 2150 big predators may only exist on the other side of glass barriers and chain-link fences. Their gradual disappearance is changing the very nature of our existence. We no longer occupy an intermediate position on the food chain; instead we survey it invulnerably from above—so far above that we are in danger of forgetting that we even belong to an ecosystem. Casting his expert eye over the rapidly diminishing areas of wilderness where predators still reign, the award-winning author of The Song of the Dodo examines the fate of lions in India's Gir forest, of saltwater crocodiles in northern Australia, of brown bears in the mountains of Romania, and of Siberian tigers in the Russian Far East. In the poignant and troublesome ferocity of these embattled creatures, we recognize something primeval deep within us, something in danger of vanishing forever.

The Nature Of Aesthetic Value by Hugo Anthony Meynell

Title The Nature of Aesthetic Value
Author Hugo Anthony Meynell
Publisher SUNY Press
Release Date 1986-01-01
Category Philosophy
Total Pages 158
ISBN 0887061184
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The Nature of Aesthetic Value proposes that aesthetic goodness, the property in virtue of which works of art are valuable, is a matter of their capacity in appropriate circumstances to give satisfaction. It inquires into the nature of this satisfaction, arguing that it consists of the extension and clarification of consciousness. This provides a basis for treatment of the ancient problem of the relation between cultivation of the arts and the pursuit and maintenance of the true and the good. The book summarizes critics' judgments and arguments on literature, the visual arts, and music, testing the author's theory about the nature of aesthetic opinion.

Of The Nature Of Things by Titus Lucretius Carus

Title Of the Nature of Things
Author Titus Lucretius Carus
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 1714
Category
Total Pages 86
ISBN OXFORD:400068222
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Nature S Monsters by Gareth Stevens Publishing

Title Nature s Monsters
Author Gareth Stevens Publishing
Publisher Gareth Stevens Pub Learning library
Release Date 2008-08-01
Category Juvenile Nonfiction
Total Pages 32
ISBN 0836895975
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Dinosaurs takes the reader on a journey of discovery into the world of the fearsome prehistoric creatures that dominated Earth many millions of years ago. Dazzling, full-color illustrations depict these amazing animals in detail, while fascinating text explains how they survived long ago.

The Origins Of Monsters by David Wengrow

Title The Origins of Monsters
Author David Wengrow
Publisher Princeton University Press
Release Date 2013-11-24
Category Social Science
Total Pages 184
ISBN 9781400848867
Language English, Spanish, and French
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It has often been claimed that "monsters"--supernatural creatures with bodies composed from multiple species--play a significant part in the thought and imagery of all people from all times. The Origins of Monsters advances an alternative view. Composite figurations are intriguingly rare and isolated in the art of the prehistoric era. Instead it was with the rise of cities, elites, and cosmopolitan trade networks that "monsters" became widespread features of visual production in the ancient world. Showing how these fantastic images originated and how they were transmitted, David Wengrow identifies patterns in the records of human image-making and embarks on a search for connections between mind and culture. Wengrow asks: Can cognitive science explain the potency of such images? Does evolutionary psychology hold a key to understanding the transmission of symbols? How is our making and perception of images influenced by institutions and technologies? Wengrow considers the work of art in the first age of mechanical reproduction, which he locates in the Middle East, where urban life began. Comparing the development and spread of fantastic imagery across a range of prehistoric and ancient societies, including Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, and China, he explores how the visual imagination has been shaped by a complex mixture of historical and universal factors. Examining the reasons behind the dissemination of monstrous imagery in ancient states and empires, The Origins of Monsters sheds light on the relationship between culture and cognition.

Title The Waning of the Renaissance 1640 1740
Author John Hoyles
Publisher Springer Science & Business Media
Release Date 2012-12-06
Category Philosophy
Total Pages 266
ISBN 9789401030083
Language English, Spanish, and French
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It is not always easy to maintain a proper balance between the delineation of cultural development within a given literary field and the claims of practical criticism. And yet if the history of ideas is to be more than a pastime for the student of literature, it must be rooted in the precise art of discrimination. The following chapters attempt to describe and evaluate a particular cultural development by relating the background of ideas to the literary achievement of three writers. It will be sufficient here to out line the nature of the problem, and the method and approach employed. The concept of cultural development implies a recognition of the con nections between ideology and aesthetics. There are at least two ways of exploring such connections. The one, pioneered by Basil Willey, seeks to situate the critical moments of our cultural development in the back ground of ideas, without which the contribution of a particular author cannot be justly evaluated. The danger of such an approach is that the task of discrimination comes to depend over-heavily on extra-literary criteria.

Demigods And Monsters by Rick Riordan

Title Demigods and Monsters
Author Rick Riordan
Publisher BenBella Books, Inc.
Release Date 2013-07-02
Category Juvenile Nonfiction
Total Pages 288
ISBN 9781937856373
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Which Greek god makes the best parent? Would you want to be one of Artemis’ Hunters? Why do so many monsters go into retail? Spend a little more time in Percy Jackson’s world—a place where the gods bike among us, monsters man snack bars, and each of us has the potential to become a hero. Find out: Why Dionysus might actually be the best director Camp Half-Blood could have How to recognize a monster when you see one Why even if we aren’t facing manticores and minotaurs, reading myth can still help us deal with the scary things in our own lives Plus, consult our glossary of people, places, and things from Greek myth: how Medusa got her snake hair extensions, why Chiron isn’t into partying and paintball like the rest of his centaur family, and the whole story on Percy’s mythical namesake.

The Monster Book by Nick Redfern

Title The Monster Book
Author Nick Redfern
Publisher Visible Ink Press
Release Date 2016-08-22
Category Body, Mind & Spirit
Total Pages 432
ISBN 9781578596294
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Monsters have been spotted everywhere, not just hiding under a child’s bed, lurking in the closet, or springing forth from folkloric tales. Exploring the history, mythology, pop culture, and the world of the supernatural, The Monster Book: Creatures, Beasts, and Fiends of Nature is a comprehensive resource of the monster menagerie from around the world. Examining the lore and legends, as well as the first-person accounts of bizarre freaks of nature and spine-tingling paranormal entities, it details each beast with thorough research, while recounting the facts in an engaging narrative. This fascinating look at monsters investigates nearly 200 beings, beasts, freaks, and fiends, ranging from the renowned and celebrated to the little-known and inglorious, including Werewolves, Bigfoot, the Loch Ness monster, the chupacabra, Mothman, the Abominable Snowman, the Mongolian Death Worm, Living Pterosaurs, Alien Big Cats, Lizard Man, Lake Worth Monster, the Monstrous Monitor, South American Sasquatch, the Jersey Devil, Sea Serpents, Phantom Black Dogs, and much, much more.

Extinct Monsters by Henry Neville Hutchinson

Title Extinct Monsters
Author Henry Neville Hutchinson
Publisher CHAPMAN & HALL, LD.
Release Date 1893
Category Dinosaurs
Total Pages 270
ISBN NYPL:33433066557863
Language English, Spanish, and French
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List of British localities where remains of the mammoth have been discovered p. [258]-260.

The Nature Of The Beast by Louise Penny

Title The Nature of the Beast
Author Louise Penny
Publisher Minotaur Books
Release Date 2015-08-25
Category Fiction
Total Pages 384
ISBN 9781250022097
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The Nature of the Beast is a New York Times bestselling Chief Inspector Gamache novel from Louise Penny. Hardly a day goes by when nine year old Laurent Lepage doesn't cry wolf. From alien invasions, to walking trees, to winged beasts in the woods, to dinosaurs spotted in the village of Three Pines, his tales are so extraordinary no one can possibly believe him. Including Armand and Reine-Marie Gamache, who now live in the little Quebec village. But when the boy disappears, the villagers are faced with the possibility that one of his tall tales might have been true. And so begins a frantic search for the boy and the truth. What they uncover deep in the forest sets off a sequence of events that leads to murder, leads to an old crime, leads to an old betrayal. Leads right to the door of an old poet. And now it is now, writes Ruth Zardo. And the dark thing is here. A monster once visited Three Pines. And put down deep roots. And now, Ruth knows, it is back. Armand Gamache, the former head of homicide for the Sûreté du Québec, must face the possibility that, in not believing the boy, he himself played a terrible part in what happens next.

Title Biology of Gila Monsters and Beaded Lizards
Author Daniel D. Beck
Publisher Univ of California Press
Release Date 2005-07-25
Category Science
Total Pages 247
ISBN 0520931602
Language English, Spanish, and French
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No two lizard species have spawned as much folklore, wonder, and myth as the Gila Monster, Heloderma suspectum, and the Beaded Lizard, H. horridum—the sole survivors of an ancient group of predacious lizards called the Monstersauria. More like snakes on legs, monstersaurs are a walking contradiction: they are venomous yet don't appear to use their venom for subduing prey; their mottled patterns mingle with the broken shadows and textures of their desert and tropical dry forest habitats, yet their bright open mouths hiss a bold warning that a nasty bite awaits those who advance further. And while Gila Monster venom produces excruciating pain, it also contains a peptide that has become a promising new drug for treating type-2 diabetes. Perhaps the ultimate paradox is that monstersaurs are among the most famous of lizards, yet until quite recently they have remained among the least studied. With numerous illustrations, stunning color photographs, and an up-to-date synthesis of their biology, this book explains why the Monstersauria seems poised to change the way we think about lizards. Daniel D. Beck—who has been investigating Gila Monsters and Beaded Lizards for over 22 years—teams up here with award-winning wildlife photographer Tom Wiewandt to produce a comprehensive summary of this small but remarkable family of lizards.

Title Monsters and the Monstrous in Medieval Northwest Europe
Author Karin E. Olsen
Publisher Peeters Publishers
Release Date 2001
Category Literary Criticism
Total Pages 176
ISBN 9042910070
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The essays in this book examine various manifestations of monstrosity in the early literatures of England, Ireland and Scandinavia. The dates of the texts discussed range from the eighth to the thirteenth centuries and were written either in Latin or in one of the vernaculars. The present contributions shed light on the physical, mental and metaphysical qualities that characterize medieval monsters in general. How do such creatures relate to accepted physical norms? How do their behaviours deviate from established cultural practices? How can their presence in both fictional and non-fictional texts be explained either in terms of a textual tradition or as a response to actual events? Such issues are examined from literary, philological, theological, and historical points of view in order to provide a thorough, multifaceted depiction of the sub- and supernatural monsters of medieval Northwest Europe.