I just don't know why some people send in comments on books they haven't read. This book is obviously outstanding, and priced due to all the work it took in creating it and to whom it is marketed.
I received Michael Newton's Encyclopedia of Cryptozoology, late yesterday.
I will be writing a formal, published review, but I want to alert you to how
good it is. You should go out of your way to highly recommend it for
purchase by your local, school, or university library (the target audience
of a reference work like this). And for those serious cryptozoologists who
can afford it, for your personal research library, it, simply put, is a
Last night, I couldn't help myself, and stayed up until the wee hours of the
night, reading, flipping, reading more, surfing, reading, and smiling. What
a trip. Newton's got it down pat. Critical writing with a light hand and
open-mindedness to looking at all facets, in presenting cases, cryptids, and
evidence, as well as the overturning of media-driven hoax claims (Nessie
Surgeon Photos, Ray Wallace fiasco, and others). Most surprising of all the
entries I have read so far is Newton's reexamination of the supposed 1990
expose' of Three-Toes, with a fresh look again at "all" elements of those
1948 events. This volume quite correctly is as skeptical of blanket
debunking claims as it is to the fast rush to specific cryptozoological
hypotheses. Newton logically critiques the various theories of
cryptozoologists who have ventured forth with their thoughts. His
discussion of the Minnesota Iceman, for example, in its total fairness to
several points of view, I found amazing.
There are 2,744 entries, including 112 individual biographies, 77
cryptozoology groups described, and, of course, lots of location data,
cryptids detailed, and illustrations sprinkled throughout. It also has some
fantastic appendices that are comprehensive listings of new animal
discoveries, cryptofiction, cryptozoology in films, and cryptozoology on
television. At 576 pages in one oversized volume, it is a rather user
friendly reference work.