One caution I would add is that some of the artwork is not exactly family-friendly. It is not dirty or anything by any means, but the dress code for some of the creatures of Soma can be a bit relaxed, LOL. I would point out, though, that it is no worse than many of the modern comic books being put out by the likes of DC and Marvel.
All in all, it is a great resource. Great artwork and beautiful design. I would recommend it for almost anyone. Check it out!
By Rene Poyyayil on June 28, 2015
I’m not a doctor but an avid gamer. The artwork and the story behind the Bacterionomicon is amazing, well thought through and in the same league as the campaign books for games like DnD* or DsA*.
My wife is a nurse but not much into gaming. She tells me that from here point of view, the information about the bacteria is medically correct. And the visual interpretation of some (like the MRSA) gave her the shudders.
We both really enjoy the book got different reasons. If you are either into games and fantasy themes or if you are interested in medically correct information on diseases, which are easily digestible (the information, not the bacteria), then this is for you.
*if you are not into roleplaying games you probably don’t know Dungeons and Dragons or Das schwarze Auge.
By Ken Boucher on June 2, 2015
Backed on Kickstarter for my wife, whose descent into being a geek rivals my own.
We’re both lovers of fantasy and science fiction, but she’s the biology lover of the two of us. She’d like nothing more than to work full time studying contagions. For her, this is the perfect mix of biological science and fantasy. For me, it’s an amazing collection of artwork and words I have no hope of pronouncing. (This is why I enjoy simple things, like robotics and programming languages. Things with words I can usually pronounce and spell…)
If you’re a med student or biology student with a love of fantasy this belongs on your shelf. My wife loves it. I’m forced to just admire it. Makes me wish I knew more than I do.
By Luke Murray on May 31, 2015
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By Richard Gant on May 28, 2015
This book is amazing! I backed it on Kickstarter, and was blown away by the quality of the product when I received it. The art is top-notch, and the writing is a wonderful blend of information and winking nudges about the “Land of Soma” and the Lords of Pestilence that seek to destroy it. Since acquiring it, I’ve used it to teach my preschooler basic concepts about bacteria and antibiotics and what they do. I’ve also just read it for sheer pleasure, marveling at the art and then looking up the details of the disease in the real world. I can’t recommend this enough.
Now, if we can just get RPG stats for the Lords of Pestilence….