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  • Hardcover: 424 pages
  • Publisher: Cosimo Classics (December 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1605204072
  • ISBN-13: 978-1605204079
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 8.4 x 5.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,927,305 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Doug Wimberley on August 17, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book was originally written in 1886 so parts of it are greatly outdated; however as a whole it is really not too bad for being as old as it is. The stated goal of finding fact in the myths and legends of people is consistent with the present day stated goals of cryptozoologists. Much of the book deals with the search for dragons in mythology and the texts he scrutinizes are 4000 years old and translated from Chinese. Much confusion results as some dragons are pythons, some crocodiles, some Iguanadon (for want of a better translation, probably actually referring to the Komodo dragon which was still undiscovered until about 25 years later) and some myth. The unicorn is also similarly treated however one passage mentions "in Tibet it is called serou" and later (1937?) a type of goat-antelope called the serow was discovered there. It did not have a single horn but was obviously the animal indicated. The sea serpent chapter deals with more recent sitings instead of texts several thousand years old and seem more strongly to indicate the prescence of an unknown animal compared to some of the other chapters. This book is one of the earliest works in the field of what would later be called cryptozoology and proves interesting in that context as the discoveries of the komodo dragon and serow are hinted at in this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Julia on December 29, 2012
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It's okay. Not as well explained as I'd hoped. Would have like to learn more about the monsters, instead of nature.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Davida C. on May 26, 2013
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I thought this was going to be something akin to a collection of stories about mythical monsters, instead, it's basically a list and description of many different mythical creatures.

If you're looking for stories about mythical creatures, this isn't what you want. If you're a writer like myself, and you like having some information about mythical creatures, then this is for you. They have some that are pretty obscure that I didn't know about that I would love to put in my own writing.
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By JCruz on March 13, 2014
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Big fan, when I saw this & for the price listed, I had to have it, great buy, happy customer, a must for every fan.
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I enjoyed the way that the author presented his material about legendary monsters. This book was hard to understand at times because of the words that were used, but I enjoyed it just the same as the other monster sources in my library.
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By tana on December 9, 2013
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This is a very interesting read, but it definitely reads like a dissertation. Despite its age, I found the content interesting, particularly how some of the mythical monsters have grounds in reality.
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my grand daughters love scarey movies and stories. they read through this book and they laughted and said that it was a good read
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