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Encyclopedia of Cryptozoology: A Global Guide to Hidden Animals and Their Pursuers Hardcover – January 6, 2005

ISBN-13: 978-0786420360 ISBN-10: 0786420367

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The continuing search for Nessie, Bigfoot, sea serpents, and other mysterious creatures, or cryptids, is a fascinating subject. The discovery of living coelacanths, long believed extinct, fuels the imagination that other creatures, such as dinosaurs, may still walk the earth. This encyclopedia presents the latest information on sightings and hoaxes.

Concentrating on plausible creatures, not paranormal entities such as ghosts, the volume consists of 2,744 alphabetically arranged entries describing 1,583 creatures as well as places, people, and more. Two essays on Cryptotourism and Hoaxes are included. Some entries are accompanied by small black-and-white illustrations and photographs. Longer entries on Alien big cats, Nessie, and Octopus (giant) provide much information on these mysteries, describing sightings with dates and locations and giving possible explanations. The author is careful to not offer opinions of the validity of sightings but does refer to documented evidence calling them into question, as with recent sightings of the extinct Passenger pigeon. This is the opposite story from the Eastern cougar, where numerous sightings are forcing a reconsideration of their extinction. Each article ends with a list of sources with complete citations for those titles not included in the bibliography and short citations for those that are included. A glossary, six appendixes (a time line, a filmography, Internet links, and more), a bibliography, and an index complete the work.

Cryptozoology is treated in several other books. Cryptozoology A to Z: The Encyclopedia of Loch Monsters, Sasquatch, Chupacabras, and Other Authentic Mysteries of Nature (Simon & Schuster, 1999) provides an overview with approximately 100 entries. Mysterious Creatures: A Guide to Cryptozoology (ABC-CLIO, 2003) has half the entries (1,125 compared to 2,744) of the Encyclopedia of Cryptozoology and is arranged more as a field guide. The depth of coverage in the current work makes it an excellent purchase for academic, high-school, and public libraries whose patrons are interested in this subject. Abbie Vestal Landry
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"Fascinating...excellent"--Booklist/RBB

"Recommended"--Library Journal

"Detailed..impeccably resourced...recommended" --Choice

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 576 pages
  • Publisher: McFarland (January 6, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786420367
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786420360
  • Product Dimensions: 11.5 x 8.8 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,958,889 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

A California native, Michael Newton has published 215 books under his own name and various pseudonyms since 1977. He began writing professionally as a "ghost" for author Don Pendleton on the best-selling Executioner series and continues his work on that series today. With 104 episodes published to date, Newton has nearly tripled the number of Mack Bolan novels completed by creator Pendleton himself.

Newton's first book under his own name was Monsters, Mysteries and Man (1979), a survey of unexplained phenomena for younger readers. While 156 of Newton's published books have been novels--including westerns, political thrillers and psychological suspense--he is best known for nonfiction, primarily true crime and reference books.

His firearms manual for writers, Armed and Dangerous (1990), remains a best-seller for Writer's Digest Books in its 8th printing. Newton's Encyclopedia of Serial Killers (Facts on File, 2000) is currently in its second edition. His history of the Florida Ku Klux Klan, The Invisible Empire (2001), won the Florida Historical Society's 2002 Rembert Patrick Award for Best Book in Florida History. His Encyclopedia of Cryptozoology was just named as one of twelve books on the American Library Association's 2006 List of Outstanding Reference Sources. Newton's shorter work includes horror fiction, true crime articles and case histories for Court TV's Crime Library online.

He is a member of several organizations, including the Centre for Fortean Zoology, the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club and Feral Cat Friends Inc.

His 24 upcoming books, scheduled for release through 2011, include 8 novels and 16 nonfiction works. He lives in Nashville, Indiana.

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I also never found any bigfoot remains anywhere (but neither has anyone else).
Erik BECKJORD
And for those serious cryptozoologists who can afford it, for your personal research library, it, simply put, is a *must* buy.
reader
Not only is this the best Encyclopedia on the subject I've ever read, but extremely well researched.
R. McRae

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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By reader on January 20, 2005
Format: Hardcover
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

*must* buy.

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.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By infinte_variety on March 24, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I will agree with the reviewer 'reader' and say this is an excellent collection of up to date material. To the others all I can say is if you can't be bothered to read something, let alone pay for it, then don't bother reviewing it. It's nothing but sour grapes. As for the price, you get what you pay for, and if all you want are $10 books then stick to the rehash in the bargain bin.

For those looking for a serious collection this is the book for you. You could buy twenty cheaper books and not get everything that is in this one issuance. The appendices alone should keep you going with any of the subjects you find interesting.
To be fair the illustrations are not the greatest but it isn't intended to be a picture book.
Yes, it isn't cheap but if this is where your interests lay this volume should be in your collection.
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This is the ultimate cryptozoology book, and really covers everything from the popular Bigfoot and lake monsters to some very obscure and little known creatures of mystery. What I really like about this book is that it has entries dealing with cryptids that one is hard pressed to find much information about, such as the veo (a giant pangolin from Indonesia), and it also comprehensively covers the whole globe. It also offers a range of sound scientific explanations for the cryptids examined, instead of launching into discussions on paranormal phenomena which start to become rather tedious and far-fetched. My personal view is that as cryptozoology is a branch of investigation dealing with animals unknown to science, or with animals thought to be extinct, or outside of their known geographic limits, spiritual matters fall outside of that spectrum and belong more in books about ghosts and the like.
Normally this is quite an expensive title, but it is well worth the money spent, particularly if you can purchase it on special as I did. It is a must for every serious cryptozoologist's library.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on October 14, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Many journals have recommended ENCYCLOPEDIA OF CRYPTOZOOLOGY and it's easy to see why: it packs in the research material, adds reference and bibliographic notes, and features animals unrecognized by modern science in nations around the world. That said, it's also recommended as a pick for college-level natural history collections and public library holdings alike: it packs in over two thousand reference entries on particular creatures, providing history of human interactions, natural history, and comments on environment. While not many general-interest readers would initially pick up ENCYCLOPEDIA OF CRYPTOZOOLOGY, figuring it too weighty for leisure reading, its articles and listings prove surprisingly accessible to general-interest readers, once you get past the impressive, technical-sounding title.

Diane C. Donovan

California Bookwatch
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. McRae on September 12, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Not only is this the best Encyclopedia on the subject I've ever read, but extremely well researched. Even updating right up to its publication, some of the material from other sources. I don't care how many other subjects Mr. Newton has written on, he has definitely done his homework for this one. And a quick browse of my other reviews will show I've reviewed many of the others too. If the subject is as interesting to you, as it has been for me for many years, you'll find some way to read this one.
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This is the best volume I have discovered so far on the subject of "hidden animals" (Crytozoology). Exhaustively researched and with plenty of photographs and illustrations-anyone interested in Cryptids will put this one in their backpack.
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