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The Encyclopedia of Things That Never Were: The Complete Book of Fantasy Paperback – 30 Jul 1998
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7 April 1999
I am only 16 years old, but I am one of the biggest bibliophiles you'll ever meet. I love reading every kind of book and fantasy books are some of my favorites. I got this book as a present when I was 8 (hardcover version) and even still, every time I look at it, I find something new. As others have pointed out, there are some editing errors and some things are left out, but in my opinon, the sheer beauty and wealth of information in this books allows the reader to easily overlook it. This book can be used as a reference book, but I enjoy just thumbing through the pages and reading random entries (my favorite is "White Cat's Castle"). So, I entreat any lover of books, especially fantasy, to pick up this book and enjoy!
25 April 1999
I first came across this book by chance in my high school library. I'd read a number of books on mythology before, but I'd never seen anything like this. It became my favorite book in the library, and I'd come back to it repeatedly. Unfortunately, the volume was lost somehow, and I've been looking for a personal copy ever since. It is an amazing compilation of mythological creatures, and for it may lack as far as depth of description is concerned, it more than makes up for in the number of entries within.
1 March 2014
I got a hardback copy of this book when i was about 7 or 8. It introduced me to the world of fantasy and has left me with a lifetime love of all things mystical, magical and mythological. Its a great book for introducing all kinds of mythology to kids and is beautifully illustrated. My copy literally fell apart and I suspect it was thrown away by some well meaning individual thinking I didn't need 'that tatty old kids book' Yes Mother I mean you!
26 October 2009
this is the 2nd time I'm buying this book, I have an old copy that I bought in an old 2nd hand book store, it was the best place to buy such a spooky and intriguing anthology, it lies around the house and whoever visits and picks it up wants to know where they can get a copy. suitable for late primary age children and up. Enjoy.
24 August 1998
This book's unrealized potential is frustrating. The book calls itself "the complete book of fantasy." Unfortunately, the book is not in the least comprehensive. For example, the god Hephaestus is given a treatment in the text but Ares, Athena, Aphrodite, Hera, nor Hades get individual treatments. All of these are far "greater" in the hierarchy of Greek mythology than Hephaestus and deserve a treatment in text (especially considering that they appear in other entries of the text). It is also important to note that a grave editorial error has allowed several instances of mis-alphabetization to occur. On one page the entries occur AS, AQ, AR and on another set of pages occur BE, BH, BR, BO, BO, BL, BL, BO. The incorrect order would cause a great deal of frustration to the reader looking for a specific entry. The illustrations are magnificent and the material that is included is informative and entertaining. With some editing, this book has potential. As it is currently, the book is a beautiful bird that is pleasing to the eye, but falls short of the expected breathtaking song. It is unfortunate because the beauty of the book makes the errors that much more obvious and distracting.
8 July 2007
I bought this book in a second hand book shop about 1991 and was instantly hooked on it.This is a fantasy book on another level.The text and illustrations are and exact match.When reading one or two other reviews of this book i realised that there are some editing mistakes..i have enjoyed this book so much over the last 16 years that i never even noticed..if you can find one buy it.
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