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The Encyclopedia of Monsters Hardcover – December, 1989
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1992 1st edition hardcover. Tight straight spine! Honestly, looking at this book, it's hard to tell if it's ever been read! Pages and boards in overall near mint condition - a few light markings to outer pages edges. Dustjacket in overall excellent condition - some light surface/edge impressions/markings in spots, light color fading to spine. Jacket protected in brand new, clear plastic brodart protective cover!
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Top Customer Reviews
The writing is not bad, but it is very lightweight. The various entries seem to blend into one another and the tone does not inspire me. Obviously, I am not a child and it is possible that a child would find this more satisfying, but judging by the stamps and condition, I'd say the appeal was limited in any of the schools my copy did time in. I think the relative paucity of drawings is a downside, and there are no maps to help the reader place the monster in its habitat.
The page numbering is eccentric too, with the number nestling in the spine rather than at the outside corners or at the page bottom. It makes looking up stuff very tedious indeed.
The binding is incredibly durable given the inexpensive paper used. It should last forever in normal use.
Of the four "Encyclopedias" I own by Cohen, this is the most forgettable. If you are looking for an inexpensive gift for a child, I'd go with "Encyclopedia of the Strange" by the same author. Much more enjoyable.
Divided up into individual sections pertaining to certain sub-categories, this book delves (huh...huh... I said "delves") into the monstrous world of CRYPTOZOOLOGY. One area discusses the eerie rumors, reports and hoaxes of EXTRATERRESTRIAL LIFE, such as the horrific MAD GASSER OF MATTOON (trust me, when I was ten it gave me nightmares) and SPRING HEELED JACK. More than one area is devoted to the possibility of species which science has yet to recognize, as well as some bizarre, yet officially recognized, specimens (much like INCREDIBLE LIFE [see under INCREDIBLE LIFE]). Other subjects include the folkloric tales of monsters (giants, vampires, etc.); nonhuman humanoids (the orang-pendek, the nondescript, and the ICE MAN); sea monsters (Nessie and friends); and last, but not least--- PHANTOMS: anomalous appearances of ordinary animals, ordinary appearances of anomalous animals, such evil specters as the HAIRY HANDS (trust me, when I was thirteen it gave me nightmares), devils, etc... And, I am PROUD to state:
GEF THE TALKING MONGOOSE _DOES_ IN FACT MAKE AN APPEARANCE BETWEEN THE COVERS OF THIS BOOK...
Thank you, you're too kind!!!
AMEN, Walter Moczygemba