Giveaway! Science of the Magical: From the Holy Grail to Love Potions to Superpowers

Thanks to our friends at Simon & Schuster, we’ve got 10 copies of Matt Kaplan’s Science of the Magical:
From the Holy Grail to Love Potions to Superpowers to give away to 10 lucky winners with a US mailing address! I recently enjoyed Kaplan’s “light look at what truth might lie behind tales of magic.”

Here’s what the publisher says:

fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviewsFrom the author of The Science of Monsters, 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.

Can migrations of birds foretell our future? Do phases of the moon hold sway over our lives? Are there sacred springs that cure the ill? What is the best way to brew a love potion? How do we create mutant humans who regenerate like Wolverine?

In Science of the Magical, noted science journalist Matt Kaplan plumbs the rich, lively, and surprising history of the magical objects, places, and rituals that infuse ancient and contemporary myth. Like Ken Jennings and Mary Roach, Kaplan serves as a friendly armchair guide to the world of the supernatural. From the strengthening powers of Viking mead, to the super soldiers in movies like Captain America, Kaplan ranges across cultures and time periods to point out that there is often much more to these enduring magical narratives than mere fantasy. Informative and entertaining, Science of the Magical explores our world through the compelling scope of natural and human history and cutting-edge science.

Use the contact form below to let us you if you want a copy of Science of the Magical:
From the Holy Grail to Love Potions to Superpowers. Winners must have a US mailing address. We will announce our ten winners on Monday, November 23, 2015!

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BILL CAPOSSERE, who's been with us since June 2007, lives in Rochester NY, where he is an English adjunct by day and a writer by night. His essays and stories have appeared in Colorado Review, Rosebud, Alaska Quarterly, and other literary journals, along with a few anthologies, and been recognized in the "Notable Essays" section of Best American Essays. His children's work has appeared in several magazines, while his plays have been given stage readings at GEVA Theatre and Bristol Valley Playhouse. When he's not writing, reading, reviewing, or teaching, he can usually be found with his wife and son on the frisbee golf course or the ultimate frisbee field.

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3 comments

  1. I’m going to have to put this on my Christmas list!

  2. Oh my god I want this. Maybe I should quit the blog so I’m eligible? ;)

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