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Giants Monsters and Dragons: An Encyclopedia Of Folklore Legend And Myth Paperback – Dec 4 2001

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: WW Norton; Reprint edition (Dec 4 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393322114
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393322118
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 2.5 x 25.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 907 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
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There are three criteria for inclusion in this near-comprehensive reference work on a relatively narrow aspect of folklore: the creature cannot be divine, it must be a supernatural being from mythology, legend, folklore, or classic literature, and it may be a cryptozoological or symbolic being, such as a heraldic beast. Although various other sources treat giants, monsters, and mystery animals, none seems to cover them all at once, and this work's inclusion of the symbolic element appears to be unique. Entries give basic descriptions of each creature as well as its activities, region, culture, and historical period, and each entry is both cross-referenced and referenced to a selected bibliography. Appendixes categorize beings under country or region as well as such headings as "Beings Associated with Catastrophe." While works as modern as J.R.R. Tolkien's are cited, the Harry Potter series is not, though several monsters described here are present in J.K. Rowling's books. Perhaps Rose (Spirits, Fairies, Gnomes, and Goblins) does not consider Potter classic literature, but for a current reference work, this may soon prove a serious oversight. Recommended for public and school libraries where similar references are used.DKatherine K. Kaigler-Koenig, Ellis Sch., Pittsburgh, PA
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! have nothing on Rose, at home in a thicket of menacing creatures. -- Choice

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Format: Hardcover
This book will not entertain; instead, it is like manna from heaven for anyone taking their research into the mythical beasts seriously.
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.
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Format: Paperback
Books of this type are nothing new. There are probably dozens of encyclopedia-style texts out there dealing with magical creatures and mythical beings, but this one is easily one of the more enjoyable volumes I've had the pleasure of reading. As has been pointed out in another review, this is not a book for those who are longing for visuals over text. This is not one of Froud's Fairy books or one of the Gnome texts. As fun as those books are, there is a heavy if not predominate focus on their original illustrations. Carol Rose's book is focused instead on textual descriptions and summaries. There are plenty of great illustrations in the book, mostly woodcuts from Rose's own private collection, but these are not the key focus of the book. But I highly recommend this to anyone who wants a good, searchable reference guide to creatures of myth and magic.
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I first bought a copy of this book in 2000 when I was a young teen. The scope of the work, with hundreds of images to illustrate the subjects, is immense and entertaining. The book, and it's sister, focusses not only on the cultures that spring to mind such as the Greeks but on more obscure minority groups such as the Mari of Russia, various tribes in Borneo, as well as whole branches of folklore such as the Lumberjack legends of North America and the medieval bestiary creatures of Europe. The articles are written simply, with a powerful index for crossreferencing in the back by culture, creature type, or region. My original copy was so well thumbed through that it started to fall apart and so I bought another copy. A must for any casual reader, researcher, or writer.
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