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Breverton's Phantasmagoria: A Compendium of Monsters, Myths and Legends [Hardcover]

Terry Breverton
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7 July 2011

From dragons and wyverns to vampires, werewolves and mischievous gremlins, pixies and fairies, Breverton's Phantasmagoria is a unique compendium of over 250 mythical animals.

Prepare to revisit familiar myths, such as vampires, werewolves and the Loch Ness Monster, the Minotaur and Medusa from Greek legend, and Biblical beasts such as Behemoth and Leviathan. Discover new mysterious animals like the giant serpents of Central America, the lethal Mongolian death worm, and the Ennedi tiger in Africa, and investigate the evidence for sightings of Bigfoot and the reclusive Yeti.

Packed with quirky line illustrations and a wealth of weird and wonderful information, Breverton's Phantasmagoria surveys the globe to uncover over 250 imaginary creatures passed down from generation to generation.

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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus (7 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 085738337X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857383372
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 20.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,701 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Terry Breverton was born in Birmingham in 1946 to Welsh parents, and brought up in Wales before attending universities in England. He worked in over twenty countries before moving to acadaemia, lecturing in Milan, Bologna and Wales before escaping into full-time writing. A Fellow of the Institutes of Consulting and of Marketing, he has given the prestigious Bemis Lecture in Lincoln, Massachusetts, and has spoken twice at the National Festival of Wales in America and Canada. He has been awarded the Welsh Books Council's 'Book of the Month' five times.

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'A quirky compendium of the weird and wonderful creations immortalised by legend, a vast cornucopia of curiosities, entreating' Good Book Guide.

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A Cornucopia of Mythical Places, People, Beings and Beasts. Where does the boogeyman come from? What creatures feast on faithful men? How do you defeat a minotaur? What really riles a dragon? Where would you find real-life werewolves? What happened to Atlantis? From dragons, vampires, werewolves and fairies to flying carpets, lost cities and modern-day mysteries, this delightful compendium of over 250 weird and wonderful legends, myths and monsters will entertain and astound anyone enthralled by the unknown.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Phantasmagoria 15 Nov 2012
By Katie
I was brought this as a gift for my 21st birthday from one of my dearest friends and it is such an incredibly beautiful compendium. The illustrations are so quirky and unusual and it just adds to the overall appeal of the book. It has a very easy to read format (I cannot vouch for this if you buy it for kindle because I haven't purchased the kindle version yet) which is good, because I often find with compendiums I am struggling to read them because the amount of information is just overwhelming: but this is presented beautifully.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating Read 27 Jan 2014
By Pookey
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I enjoy books that you can pick up and put down without losing the story line, so this is ideal. It's a collection of brief explanations of the weird and wonderful (although some are too brief) but very interesting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating! 11 Jan 2014
By Kazuki
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I got this on a whim, after seeing it as a recommended product (after purchasing 'The Science of Monsters' by Matt Kaplan), and I definitely don't regret it! I got a used copy, an old library book apparently, but there's no damage apart from a bit of a cracked spine and the obvious library paraphernalia (barcodes, stamped checkout sheaf etc). No graffiti, the pages are clean, there's no tearing or graffiti.

I love myths, legends, bizarre history, supernatural creatures and fantastical tales, so this book was perfect for me! It's split nicely into sections: 1) Mysterious, Magical and Weird People, 2) Mythical Monsters, Ghosts and Things That Go Bump in the Night, 3) Magical Places of Legend and Reality, 4) Flying Monsters, Mysteries, Odd Happenings, Strange Sightings and Legends, 5) Mysteries of the Deep, 6) Strange Artifacts, Buildings, Maps and Writings, 7) Tales of Secret Treasure, and 8) The Reality of Legends and Myths.

I had trouble deciding where to start first! I found the book to be well written, nicely formatted (each new mysterious, magical or weird person - for example - was arranged alphabetically through the chapter, so it was easy to go back and re-read things about certain people), and informative. None of the sections go into great detail (you'd need a much bigger book than this one!), but the have enough of the details to inform the reader, and intrigue them into finding out more! It's a good reference book for the bizarre, and it's one I'll be reading more than once!

The writing style is quite casual, which I like, not dry like it could have been.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Creepy and very interesting 24 Nov 2013
By Ruby
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A must to add to any collection of the weird and the wonderful.Its slightly creepy in some parts but full of information and once started its hard to put down again.
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