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American Monsters: A History of Monster Lore, Legends, and Sightings in America Paperback – August 28, 2014
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I’ve studied some of the more common monsters known in American folklore, however Godfrey introduces several in this book that I am not familiar with. I love this aspect, as it opened my eyes to new mysteries of the unknown. But in addition, she gives a few fresh takes on some existing creatures as well. This diversity is a big part of the draw for this title and one of the biggest points for its promotion.
AMERICAN MONSTERS is written well. It is not stiff and dry like a text book, but instead is presented more like short tales from a storyteller. This informal tone makes the book a much more enjoyable read, and it helps present the information in a lighter manner.
The book is broken up into three sections: Monsters By Air, Monsters By Sea, and Monsters By Land. Each section is then spliced into several smaller chunks, which are based on specific creatures and/or regions in which the creature is located. My favorite area in this book is the Monsters By Sea section. Sea sightings seem to be older and have more witnesses than any other type of sighting. For this reason, I find they are the most plausible.
AMERICAN MONSTERS is a definite win for me, and I recommend picking it up. Whether you are a veteran cryptozoologist or just a hobby reader, chances are this book will enlighten you in some form or fashion. It is available now in a variety of formats.
For me, sea serpent tales and stories from "way back when" are just not very intriguing, nor are all the well-intended attempts to categorize the various "monsters". I think it serves to slow down the flow of the book, and that is why I gave it three stars rather than four, or five. However, I admit that is just my personal preference; your mileage may vary.
If you like off-beat, escapist, speculative, semi-spooky fare, as I do, you would most likely dig this book.
Sources range from witness interviews to other published accounts, correlated in a logical fashion. This volume is both a scholarly and journalistic look at the subject, and Ms. Godrey's background as a journalist is a definite plus to the presentation.
All in all, this is a valuable addition to your library.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A fine book if you want to just know the various and different monster sightings in the U.S. It never goes into much detail, and didn't do much to scare or intrigue me. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Christopher M.
I had a hard time getting into this book and found it harder as I read it. I was not as impressed as. I thought I would bePublished 1 month ago by Alfred Valentine
I was originally very excited to read this book, but was sorely disappointed. I am a Native American, Mvskoke Creek, to be exact. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent book. I even referenced it in an article at wayneoconner.com blogspot.Published 2 months ago by Wayno
I sure enjoyed this book as I am a cryptozoology nut. Author covers a lot of ground in the US, including creatures lurking in the wild, in the sea, lakes and rivers. Read morePublished 3 months ago by K. D. Lightner
Interesting and informative. Has a lot of sightings not reported elsewhere. If you are interested in unsolved monster sightings check this out.Published 4 months ago by janet
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