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The Big Book of Death

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"The Big Book of Death", DC Comics | ISBN 1563891662 | 1994 Year | JPG | ~91 Mb | 223 Pages


Fascinated by death? Bronwyn Carlton certainly is, enough to write The Big Book of Death. She takes us on a gruesome tour of the big sleep, starting with the many methods of capital punishment we've thought up. She addresses the myth/reality of postal rage-turned-homicide, teen suicide, stupid murders, and even the infamous Dr, Kevorkian. There's mass death, with our friends the Black Death, Typhoid Mary, and tuberculosis. There's weird death, including spontaneous combustion, and dozens of other bizarre ways to kick the bucket, from swallowing pennies to being crushed by ice cream treats. She doesn't flinch away from the delicate subject of body disposal, detailing practices such as embalming, burial, cremation, mummification, and even cryonics. She leads us on a walking tour of the world's most notorious cemeteries, including Forest Lawn and Le Cimetiere du Pere Lachaise. No rest for the weary? That's the title for a chapter that touches on vampires, cannibals, and saving Sakharov's brain. Do we have issues with death? Dante's tour of Hell certainly suggests it. Famous last words and near-death experiences likewise suggest that the final moment may be more interesting than we imagined. While the subject matter may be a bit much for the squeamish, and it's certainly not upbeat, it's thorough, informative, and interesting.