6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 21 September 2004
This is a well presented and expansive encyclopedia of cryptids which comes in two volumes. Although it contains few illustrations this is made up for in the text with listings for over 1,000 unidentified animals.
The first volume covers A to M and includes an intoduction describing the topic of cryptozoology and an short but interesting section on the validity of eyewitness accounts.
The second covers from N to Z and an extended list of lake and river monsters. It also has a section describing the various animals which have been 'discovered' since 1900, many of which were considered extinct or imaginary.
Most entries contain details of distribution, habitat, behaviour, name variants, description, and synopses of major sightings. In most cases a list of possible explanations or identifications is given, which is a welcome feature.
One complaint is that some entries seem to be less detailed than others, with some of the more obscure animals recieving very brief mentions. Perhaps this is only to be expected in a work of this size and the various sources given go some way to aleviating this.
Based solely on quality, however, this is highly recommended. No other book I have encountered contains such a detailed collection of information on this subject.
The price is prohibitive, however, which will put off most people, as it almost did myself. If you can afford it though, then you are luckier than me. Damn the expense.