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Giants, Monsters, and Dragons: An Encyclopedia of Folklore, Legend, and Myth Paperback – November 17, 2001
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Not only does it include the traditional monsters, Griffins, Dragons, Ettins, etc. but it also includes folklore monsters from the American Old West (Fearsome Critters). Also, some of the more popularized monsters like Werewolves and vampires are carefully restrained within the pages of this book.
Anyone who's had bad experiences with so-called encyclopedias of beasts-that-aren't, need not fear this book. It is not, repeat, NOT a re-telling of old folktales. This book states the physical description of each creature, in a clear, concise manner, and goes about with helpful information about it. If your trying to find their countries of origin, simply turn to the back for a thorogh cross-index of all the creatures.
So why does it recieve four-stars from me? The artwork is sub-par. Rather than original pictures, which, I admit, can rapidly become tacky, she has chosen to reprint old drawings and wood-prints from ancient texts and her private collection. Not that I'm against old-school pictures, but I prefer a more modern-touch. Maybe I'm just being picky.Read more ›
A GIANT of a volume, this encyclopedia offers exactly what the title suggests - a refreshing change from some other books claiming to offer reference material.
All the monsters are listed alphabetically. Furthermore, everything is cross-referenced several times over. Want to find mythological beasts on regional basis? Or based on the type of monster? This is your book. One of the best parts is the bibliography section, should you wish to follow in the footsteps of the author and expand your reserach.
Hats off to the exhaustive research, but thumbs down for lack of elaboration in some instances. Most of the information acts merely as a pointer to the right direction, the extracts of folklore, legend and myth are very lean indeed. This is understandable for an encyclopedia - the book could have spanned several volumes if the author had decided to include more material.
I would strongly recommend this title as the best reference guide of it's kind.
If you have any interest, academic or casual, in the mythical beasts of yore, I highly recommend Rose's encyclopedias (this, and the "sequel," which contains more benign beings). It's fascinating to see icons from ancient Mesopotamian myth, Japanese legend, Native American religion and contemporary American folklore all on the same page.
In addition to thorough explanations of the origins and significance of each beastie, Rose goes one step further by explaining parallels to other cultural icons, common heritages and even manifestations in modern popular culture (for instance, there are numerous entries about creatures from J.R.R. Tolkien's world, which, while not strictly mythical themselves, do draw their inspiration from real-world mythology).
There are a number of similar cyclopedic works available, but this one differs from the masses in that it is both thoroughly academic (unlike many of the recent pop-culture anthologies), -and- thoroughly enjoyable. Highly recommended.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book was above all else an incredibly comprehensive mythical bestiary. No other single volume I've seen to date can compare to the sheer breadth of creatures referenced in... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Digital Gal NB
It was a very interesting book, but I think it could do with a couple more pictures. There are definitely some creatures that I had no idea even existed.Published 8 months ago by Cheetos
This is a very good source of information for all those interested in folklore and mythology! There are hundreds of fascinating entries that will make you hungry for more... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Legend86
I had so much fun reading this before making it the intended gift to my daughter...Published 15 months ago by Dan Ho
This book has some very useful information on a great number of various kinds of creatures including some I have never even heard of; I have enjoyed this book and it is priced... Read morePublished 18 months ago by C.D. Hubbard
This book is a treasure trove of information. Great for finding monsters you've never heard of to spark your imagination.Published 20 months ago by Raesh