Review: Alternate Histories of the World by Matthew Buchholz

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This remarkable collection of maps, photographs, engravings and paintings from the early ages to modern day provides a stunning new look at the world as defined by our struggles and alliances with the monsters and supernatural creatures that have defined our existence. Learn how a mechanical man helped write America’s Declaration of Independence. Track the course of the Living Dead virus from Africa to Europe and on to the New World. View artifacts from our uneasy alliance with the Martian race, or simply delight in the vibrant colors and illustrations from a bygone age.

A fun, pretty book the incorporates zombies, Martians and Vilnar the Destroyer into our history. As an avid fan of Mystery Science Theater 3000, I was delighted to see a large number of references to many of the B movie monsters they dealt with on a weekly basis. The illustrations are lush and ridiculous and I feel like we all needed to be aware of the Great Robot Uprising.

4 out of 5

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