I read cozy and historical mysteries, a bit of Paranormal/UF, and to mix it up, I read science and gardening books on occasion.
This engaging scientific inquiry provides a definitive look into the elements of mystical places and magical objects—from the philosopher’s stone, to love potions to the oracles—from ancient history, mythology, and contemporary culture.
I'm not sure what I was expecting, but this wasn't quite it, I guess. I don't think it's the book's fault though; the writing was engaging and it's just what it says on the label: a look at all the ways our superstitions, myths, heroes and superheroes are so often rooted in science.
Kaplan did his research (all of which is excellently documented in a Notes section at back) and when he speculates, he says he's speculating. Some of the information is downright fascinating too (I had no idea ravens and wolves are so linked in nature). If I was disappointed by anything in the book it's the casual assumption that you have to separate faith from science, but this is such a common misconception anymore I've come to expect it.
So, the book is good; I just didn't get sucked in the way I thought I would when I saw a book about two of my favourite subjects. Was worth reading though.
I'm going a little off the beaten path and using this book for my Supernatural square in Halloween Book Bingo.