Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Teaser Tuesday - The Science of Monsters by Matt Kaplan

Hey everyone! Can you believe it's already Tuesday? It's also Day 2 of the Chinese New Year, so Happy Chinese New Year everyone!! Unfortunately, I'm still in the midst of exams, though my last paper is tomorrow.

Right now, I'm reading The Science of Monsters, which I've wanted to read ever since I read The Science of Magic. It's really interesting, to see the author theorise about what might be the real world cause of monsters like the Chimera, giant boars, vampires, etc. Although when it comes to Frankenstein, it's more of an explaining of the time period than an actual "what is probably cause" sort of thing.

My teaser:

"Aside from being fun for paleontologists, trying to work out how an ancient predator like Tyrannosaurus Rex functioned is a great exercise for realising just how small modern predators are. Perhaps more importantly, it is also an opportunity to recognise why dinosaurs have featured so prominently as monsters since their identification by the scientist Sir Richard Owen in 1841."

What is your teaser this week?
Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read 
  • Open to a random page 
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page 
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!) 
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


  1. Sounds interesting. I have a book with human monsters this week. The teaser on my adult blog comes from A Voice from the Field by Neal Griffin. Happy reading!

  2. Sounds interesting. I can't help thinking when I read his comparison between modern and ancient predators, today's may be much smaller but they're pretty powerful. I wouldn't want to tangle with a bear or a tiger, and I wouldn't trust our feathered friends either if you've ever watched Hitchcock's The Birds. Here's my teaser from a novel by Shilpi Somaya Gowda: http://wp.me/p4DMf0-1aM

  3. Sounds fascinating. Kind of shocking that we've only known about dinosaurs since 1841, but it makes sense when you think about it.

    1. It's not even been 200 years, come to think about it!

  4. You read the most interesting books. This sounds very fascinating. I think I'll add this to my wish list.

  5. Seems like there's often a kernel of truth in myths. This book makes me curious.
    My Tuesday post features THE GIVER.


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