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Lake Monster Mysteries: Investigating the World's Most Elusive Creatures Hardcover – May 5, 2006
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"The authors poke some holes in previous lake monster studies, but perhaps the most damaging part is their deconstruction of the films taken of the Champlain and Okanagan monsters."―College and Research Library News
"Radford and Nickell have done more fieldwork than many cryptozoological enthusiasts and . . . have exhaustively carried out their own experiments and data collection that is of the highest scientific order. I wish all cryptozoologically inclined researchers would be as thorough and objective about their work.... I would recommend this tome to those who wish to learn to apply critical thinking to the mysteries surrounding these aquatic cryptids. Lake Monster Mysteries is a most enjoyable read and I guarantee you will learn much from these intelligent researchers."―John Kirk, author of In the Domain of the Lake Monsters and president of the B
"Investigating some of the most complex lake monster mysteries in the world, Radford and Nickell closely examine these enigmatic creatures and come up with some surprises. Their approach is respectful of the believers, [and] attention to detail is evident throughout."―Michael R. Dennett, paranormal expert
"The most up-to-date, definitive, scientific assessment of the evidence for and against the existence of lake monsters."―Robert E. Bartholomew, coauthor of Panic Attacks: Media Manipulation and Mass De
"For those who are interested in these mysteries, it makes good reading."―WTBF Radio
"It delights in the better known resident of Loch Ness as well as Canada's "Champ" in Lake Champlain...It does, of course, verge on the tongue-in-cheek but not completely – which is doubtless why I enjoyed it."―Lincoln County News, Maine
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Although a short chapter about the Loch Ness monster leads off (mainly because a book about lake monsters has to say something on that subject) the meat of the book concerns North American lakes the authors personally visited and investigated. They bring a considerable amount of expertise to the subject by performing actual experiments where others might just collect anecdotes. Outstanding among the experiments performed are the attempts to reproduce monster photographs or videos. Invariably, it is almost always concluded that the object captured on film or tape was smaller or not as distant as the photographers thought.
I read the Kindle version of the book. While perfectly readable, it does have a number of problems. It appears to be an OCR scan of the print edition. The references at the end of each chapter are in microscopic font size and I had to change font size to read these. The index is virtually useless with all page numbers stripped out, although the linked figures remain. Also, there are occasions when the scanning goes awry. It is "Larry Thai" in the book proper but "Larry Thal" in the appendices. The latter is probably correct but there is really no way to tell.
I also thought the price of the Kindle edition to be rather steep considering the brevity of the book. I suppose for an academic press this is par for the course.
The book can be highly recommended for those who haven't seen the material as it originally appeared. It is difficult to fault the author's conclusions. As they say, there is evidence for lake monsters but it should be very much better after so much time and effort expended if they truly do exist.
The book focuses primarily on alleged monsters of the lakes of New England and eastern Canada, but it also addresses the Loch Ness Monster of Scotland, a famous lake monster in British Columbia, and a variety of creatures from around the world.
The book is written clearly and concisely, and is a fast read, and by the end of it I think most readers will not only have a good idea of how to think about lake monsters, but also a good idea of how one ought to think about all sorts of strange phenomena.
I found its explorations of "expectant attention"--or how witnesses expecting to see something report far different experiences and interpretations of events than those who aren't expecting anything--to be especially helpful.
The best part of this book, though, is how it's such a great showcase of hands-on skepticism--not the armchair variety that so many true believers love to deride; it shows what real skeptical investigation can and should be. Radford and Nickell track down witnesses and original sources, go to the lakes, perform tests, scrutinize photos and videos, check every fact, and keep their minds open until the evidence leads them to solid conclusions.
I really enjoyed this book, and would recommend it to anyone interested in cryptozoology, skepticism, or just an entertaining but scholarly read. I'd love to read a sequel to it--perhaps about sea monsters, or perhaps merely about other notable lake monsters.
Sure its well researched & written but the subject forces the book to become repetitive no monsters found & all the lakes have the same results when the sightings are investigated. Except for the giant frog, once you've read the first couple of chapters you may as well skip to the conclusion.
Pure entertainment only !
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