Copyright © 2004 Phillips & Nelson Media, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Over all, this book got off to a great start, but sputtered to a fairly anemic end.
Maybe the author has been reading too much Umberto Eco -- extensive displays of erudition in the service of ... not much.
There is almost too much detail, too much jumping from place to place, and the narrative could move a bit more quickly.
Nicholas Christopher is my favorite author. I adore all his fictional novels apart from this one. The animal imaginary is exceptional, but the plot line didn't keep me interested... Read morePublished on January 8, 2011 by Nell
I really wanted to give this book 5 stars, based on Nicholas Christopher's evocative prose alone. But the story itself didn't quite push over merely terrific to perfect! Read morePublished on July 24, 2010 by Arzurama
This is a mixed novel. Slow, frequently dull sections relate the rather pat details of Xeno's life: unloved as a child, fought in Vietnam, protested against war, various romances. Read morePublished on November 6, 2009 by A. D. MacFarlane
... This book has an amazing sense of magic - but can't seem to hold on to it. It gets lost in extensive narratives and historical mud that reeks at times of The Davinci Code. Read morePublished on January 24, 2009 by Akethan
Nicholas Christopher's charming "The Bestiary" belongs to the literary detective genre, and a fine example it is. Read morePublished on November 4, 2008 by lb136
The Bestiary is Nicholas Christopher's fifth novel, and like its predecessors, it's full of that peculiar magic that springs from the unexpected intrusion of lost mythologies into... Read morePublished on October 24, 2008 by Jason Fisher
"The first beast I laid eyes on was my father." Xeno Atlas is obsessed. He is obsessed with his dead mother, with his emotionally and physically distant father who blames Xeno for... Read morePublished on May 9, 2008 by Lynda Lippin
The most interesting thing about "The Bestiary" was that it was a book about a lost book that itself got lost along the way. Read morePublished on January 10, 2008 by christopher legacy