Posted by: houwr | 05/04/2012

The Great “–Ology” Books at the Nola Brantley Memorial Library

While most of us know that the suffix “–ology” means “the study of” (think biology and zoology), you may be a little surprised at some book study titles her at the Nola Brantley Memorial Library.  For example, have you ever thought of “–ology” in relation to popular mythical studies? Dugald Steer did . . . in fact, he found it so fascinating that he pinned an entire series from the study of famous topics and found ways to tie them in with reality.  This author, who is also famous for his famed pop-up books for babies, has a very interactive writing style – so interactive, in fact, that our catalog places his works under the subject “toy and movable books” (really . . . these books are cool!).  If you’re just a little confused, keep reading – I’ll give you the complete    “–ology” titles and you’ll find out exactly how hands-on these books can get:

First of all, we have my personal favorite: Dragonology.  This book incorporates the long-lost research of renowned 19th century dragonologist Dr. Ernest Drake.  His findings are presented here in all its eccentric glory, happily bridging the gap between dragon legend and fact. The meticulous Dr. Drake assigns Latin names to various dragon species, ruminates on why dragons are able to speak, speculates on how they could fly, and explains the true purpose of their notorious hoarding habits. Here are just a few this book’s fascinating features:

— Novelty item on every spread, including tactile samples of dragon wings, dragon scales, and dragon skin
— Booklet of dragon riddles (absolutely indispensable to the burgeoning dragonologist)
— Sealed envelope containing a powerful dragon-calling spell

So, if you weren’t a believer in this magnificent creature before, you should be pretty convinced now.  Anyway, it’s a great read for even secret dragonologists everywhere!

The newest addition to our collection of these books is Egyptology – for those of us who just cannot resist the allure of ancient Egypt. This book covers the findings of the feisty Miss Emily Sands, who in 1926, four years after the discovery of King Tut’s tomb, led an expedition up the Nile in search of the tomb of the god Osiris. Alas, Miss Sands and crew soon vanished into the desert, never to be seen again. But luckily, her keen observations live on in the form of this lovingly kept journal, full of drawings, photographs, booklets, foldout maps, and postcards. Here are just a few of Egyptology’s special features:

— a playable game of Senet (ancient Egyptian checkers)
— a souvenir booklet showing how to read simple hieroglyphs
— a scrap of textured “mummy cloth”
— a facsimile of the gilded mummy mask of King Tut

This book concludes with a letter from the former Keeper of Antiquities at the British Museum, explaining which parts of this unique tale may be accepted as fact, which are guided by legend, and which reflect the author’s delightful sense of fancy. Excellent!

If neither of these books get you excited enough to jump in your car, come to the library, and check them out immediately, we also own Monsterology and Wizardology – both of which are equally amazing!

To check for availability of any of these books, contact the Nola Brantley Memorial Library today at (478)923-0128.

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