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4.0 out of 5 stars Monster book, 21 Jan 2004
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This review is from: Monsters of the Sea (Paperback)
The author Richard Ellis, previously known for his marine paintings now seems to have forged a healthy career out of writing interesting books on marine life. This book is well researched, beautifully illustrated from a variety of sources and very well layed out, making it useful as a reference tool and enjoyable reading material.
The author occasionally lets his own opinions be known, but generally stays fixed on the facts. This is by no means a diffinitive work on the subject, but it is a good starting point.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic reading for those who grew up with Jaws, 4 April 2000
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This review is from: Monsters of the Sea (Hardcover)
This is a fabulous, entertaining, informative book on the mythology of sea-monsters, full of exhaustive research and a genuine affection for the legends which have grown up around the oceans' stranger creatures. Richard Ellis regretfully debunks some of the most enduring stories (the Loch Ness monster is the best-known example) and suggests factual origins for others, but leaves some sea-monsters with their reputations intact. Ellis also explores why we need our monsters, and why want them to be ever bigger, scarier and hungrier. Perhaps the greatest compliment I can pay Richard Ellis is to say that his chapters discussing the biology of various marine animals are just as interesting as the myths he explores. If you are at all interested in cryptozoology or the history of the human relationship with the sea, you will love this book.
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