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The Weiser Field Guide to Cryptozoology: Werewolves, Dragons, Skyfish, Lizard Men, and Other Fascinating Creatures Real and Mysterious Paperback – March 1, 2010

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About the Author

Deena Budd writes weekly articles for www.bellaonline.com as their Paranormal Editor. She has also been working in radio for many years, and hosts a Monday morning show on KHBL 96.9 out of Hannibal, Missouri.
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Product Details

  • Series: Weiser Field Guide
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Weiser Books; 1st Printing edition (March 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1578634504
  • ISBN-13: 978-1578634507
  • Product Dimensions: 4.7 x 0.7 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #719,474 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By D. Brown on April 23, 2012
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I wouldn't say I'm an expert on Cryptids, but this wasn't my first rodeo. I only made it to page 39 before I was disgusted. This does not read as a Field Guide, more like "Deena Wast Budd's Musings on Cryptids and Other Beasts." Each entry is a cursory look at what the author thinks of each creature, no depth of history, modus operandi, characteristics, etc.
The Skyfish entry doesn't seem to belong in the book, and she doesn't attempt to argue that it does. The section on The Kentucky Goblins is completely mislabeled. They sound nothing like what I understand Goblins to be and she doesn't explain what Goblins are, how they act, etc., so that I might accept them as such. They seem more like Aliens, but she doesn't address that either.
On top of that, there doesn't seem to be any organization among the entries either. I've written more in-depth and cohesive material when I was an inexperienced undergraduate student. I get the feeling that this is a collection of small jokes that Budd is playing on the field of Cryptozoology.
Although childish in presentation, I would easily recommend "The Book of Dragons & Other Mythical Beasts" by Joseph Nigg over this rubbish. For future reference, "A Field Guild to Demons, Fairies, Fallen Angels, and Other Subversive Spirits" by Carol K. Mack and Dinah Mack is a better indication of how a Field Guild ought to read.
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I had high hopes for this book. A newcomer to the field of cryptozoology, I was hoping for this book to be a really good resource to start my collection. It definitely fell short of the mark for me. Each entry is pretty short and reads somewhat similar to the trashy magazines you find at the checkout line, especially with the heavy use of exclamation points throughout. A disappointing purchase, but it did have some information that was new to me, so not a total bust. I can't say I recommend it though.
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For those of us who are veterans in the paranormal field, this might not be the book for you. But, if you are interested in a light-hearted introduction into the field of cryptozoology, this is a great book. I had a good time reading it and even picked up a few items regarding lore that I have yet to discover. All around it was a fun read, albeit, quick. If you have a youngster who is interested in cryptids and the field of cryptozoology, this is a great gift!
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I am a huge fan of cryptozoology and zoology, and I was excited as I opened my package when this book arrived. However, as soon as I opened the book, I noticed a total lack of field guide format and real data. On the contrary, the author has terrible writing style, and as a previous reviewer aptly noted, this "guide" is all opinion and musing from the author's point of view.
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what a informative book. My son really is enjoying the facts in this book. Came fast, was well packed and of coause a great price.
I am just starting to read it myself and I'm finding it very interesting, and I don't really care for this subject matter. thanks
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Was a nice read, though I prefer more actual cryptozoology, as in, the science, in my cryptozoology books, rather than legendary creatures in general. The author has a cute style, though, and I was inspired by the section on the Encantados.
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I enjoyed this book because it was written in an informative way, covered several different cryptids, and included some humor I really enjoyed!
All in all, not bad.
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If I may say, it's a cute book. It has many tales of cryptids and older tales of mysterious creatures going back in America's history.
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