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  • Paperback: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Xiphos Books (5 April 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0954493613
  • ISBN-13: 978-0954493615
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 1.5 x 29.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 124,681 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Replete with truly obscure cryptids, many known only from a single report. A superb fact-filled big format work. -- Fortean Times, No 187, September 2004.

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Ronan Coghlan, born Dublin, 1948; educated Trinity College Dublin; teacher at many schools in Ireland and Britain; married, three children.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Ruairi McGovern on 13 Sep 2004
Format: Paperback
This is a very interesting book on cryptozoology. It contains information on creatures still unknown to zoologists and the public. Despite having no illustrations and photographs - which would have made it more interesting, the dictionary is still a fascinating read. If you need to know about hairy beasts or sea monsters still lurking around the globe, this is the book to find information on them!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By O. Lewis on 20 Oct 2005
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This book is the best and most comprehensive dictionary of cryptozoology you could hope to find. It's not often you can call something perfect but this is one of those rare cases, trust me, being a Cryptozoologist myself I know what I'm talking about. The information inside is accurate and also as well as reference, great for bedtime reading too.
Ronan Coghlan also ensures that the dictionary is kept up to date with the occasional supplementary publication to the dictionary to add new or omitted cryptids to this already impressive volume the first supplementary book (Cryptosup) is also available (isbn: 0-9544936-4-8)
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By Valerie Wyllie on 7 Feb 2014
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I love this book. It's full of cryptids, some of which I had never even heard of before. It is what it says on the tin, a diary of cryptozoology. Definitely a great find.
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Exhaustive content, unattractive format 7 Oct 2004
By Alexander M. Moir - Published on Amazon.com
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This compendium of cryptids (mysterious, rare and unknown animals and creatures) is exhaustive in its treatment of the subject of cryptozoology. Its pages are packed with creatures you've heard of and hundreds more that will probably be new to you. As a tool for those interested in cryptozoology, this is perfect. However, its total lack of pictures or format creativity is obvious, that's why I'm rating the book right down the middle. All in all though, well worth it if you're interested in this topic.
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An alphabetical list of creatures real and imagined 17 Mar 2009
By J.P. O'Neill - Published on Amazon.com
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Strictly speaking this book is not cryptozoology nor is it a true dictionary. Rather it is an alphabetical list of of creatures real and imagined without context or illustrations. There is a notable lack of cross referencing which seems to assume a level of knowledge some readers might not possess. A "Huse-Bjorn" is defined as "a were-bear in Norwegian legend", but there is no entry for "were-bear". There are numerous references to BHM but no entry for BHM an omission that may perplex some readers if they miss the brief entry on page 6 that lists the Abbreviations in text.

The entries concerning better known "cryptids" and mythological creatures are for the most part well researched and reasonably complete with some glaring exceptions. For the lesser known, however, the information can be frustratingly scanty as in this example of a typical entry "Rhone Monster- Monsters were seen in this long French River in 1954-5 and one was seen at its mouth in 1964."

The writing never rises above the average and there is no pronunciation guide, in short, while it may contain the name of every conceivable legendary and mythical creature it feels unfinished as in a first draft. One wishes Coghlan had spent more time and done a second.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A Very Good Overview Of Cryptids 1 May 2006
By R. McRae - Published on Amazon.com
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A good place for an initial overview, of just how many unknown creatures are yet to be classified by science. I've been reading about cryptid sightings for much of my 50 years, and had probably never heard of half this book has to offer. There are so many wonders left to discover, right in our very own backyard. I hope we're not too late for many of them. As the other reviewer noted though, the one major drawback is its total lack of illustrations. Hopefully, we'll see an enlarged revision in the near future.
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Of course it doesn't have any pictures 16 Aug 2008
By L. Ostrove - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is a very good tool; it is a dictionary for a very enigmatic field.

No, it doesn't have pictures. But duh, people don't exactly know what cryptids look like. If they did, they wouldn't be cryptids.

Duh.

It's a good tool and I highly recommend it.
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