[Review] – Mysterious Creatures: A guide to Cryptozoology, Volume 1 & 2/u/VampiricDemonCryptozoology

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[Review] – Mysterious Creatures: A guide to Cryptozoology, Volume 1 & 2/u/VampiricDemonCryptozoology

Review Mysterious Creatures: A Guide to Cryptozoology, Volume 1: A-M and Mysterious Creatures: A Guide to Cryptozoology, Volume 2: N-Z. Written by George M. Eberhart Contrary to what their name suggests, Mysterious Creatures: A guide to Cryptozoology is not really a guide but a collection of descriptions of various cryptids and folkloric creatures in alphabetical order from A to Z, making it more akin to an encyclopedia. Included in volume one are: a list of contents, a preface, an instruction on how to use the books, a chapter elucidating on eyewitness testimonies as well as various photos and illustrations. In volume two there are sections on recently discovered animals, a geographical index and a cryptid index. It was first published in 2001 and had a re-print in 2013 by CFZ Press. The books have a larger format than usual paperbacks, which is good considering the many illustrations. They are however fairly dry and technical in their use of language, which makes them much less suitable for the casual reader. While the books don’t go into huge depths on any subject (with some entries even consisting of just a single sentence like: “Wildman of Asia”), they are generally very informative, well illustrated and many entries have one or more possible alternative explanations of what it realistically could be. The division into two separate books was done roughly at the halfway mark, and the page numbering simply continues in the second volume. Whatever the reason for this was, it is clear it was a single book at one point and the division feels entirely unnecessary. The author claims to have written the most comprehensive work on cryptids that anyone with more than a passing interest in cryptozoology would wish to have, and explains that his choice to include creatures of folklore was to provide context for various cryptozoological cases and vice versa. The books do not lend themselves well for continuous reading, and someone would most likely read only a few entries at the time. Overall, the books are neutral in tone, offer a ton of content and are well suited for cross-referencing any cryptid one may wish to research. But, for me, they do not lend themselves well for a relaxing time reading on the sofa. --- Pros: The chapter on eyewitness testimonies, diverse cryptid descriptions with possible alternative explanations, neutral in tone, many illustrations, lists sources per entry. Cons: Dry and technical, unnecessary division into 2 volumes. Conclusion: While not the easiest or even the most fun to read, it is the most comprehensive work on cryptids so far. 4,0/5 Anyone with more than a passing interest in cryptozoology should have this. submitted by /u/VampiricDemon [link] [comments]

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Mysterious Creatures: A Guide to Cryptozoology, Volume 1: A-M and Mysterious Creatures: A Guide to Cryptozoology, Volume 2: N-Z.

Written by George M. Eberhart

Contrary to what their name suggests, Mysterious Creatures: A guide to Cryptozoology is not really a guide but a collection of descriptions of various cryptids and folkloric creatures in alphabetical order from A to Z, making it more akin to an encyclopedia.
Included in volume one are: a list of contents, a preface, an instruction on how to use the books, a chapter elucidating on eyewitness testimonies as well as various photos and illustrations.
In volume two there are sections on recently discovered animals, a geographical index and a cryptid index.

It was first published in 2001 and had a re-print in 2013 by CFZ Press.

The books have a larger format than usual paperbacks, which is good considering the many illustrations. They are however fairly dry and technical in their use of language, which makes them much less suitable for the casual reader.

While the books don’t go into huge depths on any subject (with some entries even consisting of just a single sentence like: “Wildman of Asia”), they are generally very informative, well illustrated and many entries have one or more possible alternative explanations of what it realistically could be.

The division into two separate books was done roughly at the halfway mark, and the page numbering simply continues in the second volume. Whatever the reason for this was, it is clear it was a single book at one point and the division feels entirely unnecessary.

The author claims to have written the most comprehensive work on cryptids that anyone with more than a passing interest in cryptozoology would wish to have, and explains that his choice to include creatures of folklore was to provide context for various cryptozoological cases and vice versa.

The books do not lend themselves well for continuous reading, and someone would most likely read only a few entries at the time.

Overall, the books are neutral in tone, offer a ton of content and are well suited for cross-referencing any cryptid one may wish to research. But, for me, they do not lend themselves well for a relaxing time reading on the sofa.

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Pros:
The chapter on eyewitness testimonies,
diverse cryptid descriptions with possible alternative explanations,
neutral in tone,
many illustrations,
lists sources per entry.

Cons:
Dry and technical,
unnecessary division into 2 volumes.

Conclusion:
While not the easiest or even the most fun to read, it is the most comprehensive work on cryptids so far.

4,0/5 Anyone with more than a passing interest in cryptozoology should have this.

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