Friday, July 16, 2010

Fangy Friday (6) review

This book has not been approved, licensed, or sponsored by any entity or person involved in creating or producing the Southern Vampire Mysteries, True Blood, the novels, or TV show.
  • Does God hate fangs?
  • Is Sam still Sam when he turns into a collie?
  • Is coming out of the coffin the same as coming out of the closet?
  • Are all vampires created evil?
Vampires, werewolves, shapeshifters, fairies, telepaths—True Blood has it all. In a world where supernatural creatures coexist with human beings, Sookie Stackhouse and Bill Compton wrestle with powerful desires while facing complex issues concerning sex, romance, bigotry, violence, death, and immortality. Now, True Blood and Philosophy calls on the minds of some of history's great thinkers to perform some philosophical bloodletting on this thought-provoking series. From the metaphysics of mind reading to Maryann Forrester's cult of Dionysus, from vampire politics to the nature of personal identity, and from contemporary feminism to the rights of nonhuman species, True Blood and Philosophy mines the thinking of philosophers such as Plato, Aristotle, Thomas Aquinas, John Locke, Immanuel Kant, Friedrich Nietzsche, and John Rawls to enlighten us on the intriguing themes that surround this supernatural world. You'll find no shortage of juicy metaphysical morsels to sink your teeth into! (summary from back of book)
My thoughts...I have been following Charlaine Harris's Southern Vampire series for years. Like so many other fans, when I heard about Allan Ball's creation of True Blood, I was elated.  Seeing this imaginary world come to life, especially through the eyes of Ball,  became something I look forward to every Sunday night.  The world is complicated and fascinating.  It is presented in a way that makes viewers believe in that realm that sits on the boundaries of our imaginations.  While visiting this world, I have often asked myself questions about the rules of the character's lives.  True Blood and Philosophy explores these questions and more. 

This book is a great read for True Blood fans.  It is insightful and informative, exploring questions about the series and its world.  It is broken into 5 sections including:
  •  Vampire-Human Ethics
  • The Politics of Being Dead
  • Eros, Sexuality, and Gender, Nature
  • Natural, Supernatural, and Divine
  • Metaphysics of Supernatural Beings
As you can see, the topics are fun and very creative.  My favorite section is found in part 5, it is called Keeping Secrets From Sookie (cough, cough, BILL, cough).  Overall it is a fun read and I would recommend it for fans of True Blood and the Southern Vampire Series. 

Follow this link to order your copy from Amazon.

*This book was provided in exchange for my honest review. 


Kaitlyn (Kaitlyn in Bookland) said...

Ahhh I need to read this. Ooh Bill and his secret keeping... *shakes head*

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