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Describes mythological monsters, depicts the search for evidence concerning Bigfoot and the Loch Ness monster, and looks at movie creatures.


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Describes mythological monsters, depicts the search for evidence concerning Bigfoot and the Loch Ness monster, and looks at movie creatures.

30 review for Mysterious Creatures

  1. 4 out of 5

    Dan Schwent

    Mysterious Creaturs is a volume of the Mysteries of the Unknown series focusing on cryptozoology. As I've said before, I was huge into cryptids as a kid, back when the world was a bigger place with plenty of room for unknown hominids and relict dinosaur populations. While we were visiting in California, I noticed my brother-in-law had a complete set of Mysteries of the Unknown, plus a six or seven doubles he wanted to give away. Since he wouldn't take no for an answer, I took this one with me, re Mysterious Creaturs is a volume of the Mysteries of the Unknown series focusing on cryptozoology. As I've said before, I was huge into cryptids as a kid, back when the world was a bigger place with plenty of room for unknown hominids and relict dinosaur populations. While we were visiting in California, I noticed my brother-in-law had a complete set of Mysteries of the Unknown, plus a six or seven doubles he wanted to give away. Since he wouldn't take no for an answer, I took this one with me, reasoning that I could use it to protect my wife's photo of us with Brent Spiner on the flight home and I could always stash it on a shelf in the basement and forget about it. I made the mistake of paging through it, seeing familiar (and sketchy) photos of Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster and I was powerless to resist its pull. As the title indicates, Mysterious Creatures is about mysterious creatures, creatures that people have seen (or think they've seen) that may or may not actually exist. While I greatly enjoyed my trip to the Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine, and the fiction of Hunter Shea, I'm very much a cynical, skeptical adult. This book may not have changed my mind on most of the creatures within but the tentacles of nostalgia had me snared. For a book about cryptids, this is a slick, nice-looking books. The photos and illustrations are high quality. It was published in 1988 so there are some things that have since been debunked. However, there's still a lot of good content, including the photos that are in every other cryptozoology book like the Surgeon's photo of the Loch Ness Monster and still shots from the infamous Bigfoot film and centuries-old woodcuts of the Kraken. For the most part, it's the big name monsters like the Loch Ness Monster, sea serpents, Bigfoot, and his cousins from all over the world that get most of the attention. Fortunately, Mokele Mbembe, the dinosaur of the Congo, gets a few pages. One of the lesser known cryptids, the Almas of Mongolia, gets a few as well at the end of the hominid chapter. For some reason, the Almas are the cryptids that I like the most as an adult. A relict Neanderthal population in a remote part of Mongolia sounds a lot less far-fetched than surviving dinosaurs to me. For a cryptid fan, this book is a cool overview. However, the lesser known monsters don't get much play. There's no goatman, no mothman, no Mongolian Death Worm, etc. Three out of five stars, although your mileage may vary depending on how into cryptozoology you are and how much you've already read.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Art

    From fabled legends to sea monsters to Nessie to Bigfoot, there's something for everyone interested in cryptozoology. Contains some great photos and illustrations. From fabled legends to sea monsters to Nessie to Bigfoot, there's something for everyone interested in cryptozoology. Contains some great photos and illustrations.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Oliver Holm

    Reading this brought me back to (almost) believing in it as a boy.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Robert Kiehn

    Good book on cryptids.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Robert

    The first chapter about sea creatures is probably the best part of this book. There is a hint of reality to tales of giant squids and potentially undiscovered deep sea creatures. Then there's the coelacanth. You cryptozoologists have one example of the discovery of a long-thought extinct creature and you're just going to rub it in our faces like so much Sasquatch musk. I'll give you that victory, but I'll be damned if I am going to accept your extraterrestrial bigfoot sightings. The first chapter about sea creatures is probably the best part of this book. There is a hint of reality to tales of giant squids and potentially undiscovered deep sea creatures. Then there's the coelacanth. You cryptozoologists have one example of the discovery of a long-thought extinct creature and you're just going to rub it in our faces like so much Sasquatch musk. I'll give you that victory, but I'll be damned if I am going to accept your extraterrestrial bigfoot sightings.

  6. 4 out of 5

    P.S. Winn

    OH, those monsters. This book takes a look at monsters in legends and movies and what is known about them. Always a great book from Time Life.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Tony Lee

    good book

  8. 5 out of 5

    Marilyn

  9. 4 out of 5

    Theodoros Theodoridis

  10. 5 out of 5

    Adam Di Filippe

  11. 4 out of 5

    Ute Thalheim

  12. 4 out of 5

    Alicia Zigay

  13. 5 out of 5

    ch

  14. 5 out of 5

    Lazaros Kalogirou

  15. 4 out of 5

    Caitlin

  16. 5 out of 5

    Morgan Hess

  17. 4 out of 5

    cherryredcutie

  18. 4 out of 5

    Brandt

  19. 4 out of 5

    Hal Johnson

  20. 4 out of 5

    Avi

  21. 5 out of 5

    Bernard Garcia

  22. 4 out of 5

    J. Dallas

  23. 5 out of 5

    Tiago Reck

  24. 4 out of 5

    Maxmilian Ziegelmüller

  25. 5 out of 5

    Amy

  26. 5 out of 5

    Tom Laporta

  27. 4 out of 5

    Signor Mambrino

  28. 4 out of 5

    Lindsey

  29. 4 out of 5

    J. Ramsey

  30. 4 out of 5

    Richard

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