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Giants, monsters, and dragons : an encyclopedia of folklore, legend, and myth
Rose, Carol, 1943-
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Publication Information:
Santa Barbara, Calif. : ABC-CLIO, [2000]

Physical Description:
xxix, 428 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm
Introduction -- List of entries -- Giants, monsters, and dragons -- An encyclopedia of folklore, legend, and myth.
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GR825 .R67 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize Non-Circ

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A richly illustrated encyclopedia that describes individual beings in their cultural context, grouping them across cultures and explaining common mythological themes.

âeuro;¢ Provides an extensive bibliography

âeuro;¢ Includes useful appendixes that encourage further learning for students at all levels

âeuro;¢ Fully illustrated

Author Notes

Carol Rose is professor of human resource management and a research fellow in social and public policy, at the University of Kent, Kent, England.

Reviews 2

Library Journal Review

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 (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

Lions, tigers, and bears, oh my! have nothing on Rose, at home in a thicket of menacing creatures. Like her Spirits, Fairies, Gnomes, and Goblins, (CH, Jul'97), this compilation of mythic and folkloric anomalies offers broad-based research useful to public, school, and college libraries. A thoughtful five-page introduction delineates the genera of beings she describes and comments on the presence of monsters in NASA reports, Scotland's Loch Ness, film, nursery lore, and various venues of modern culture. The text supplies brief entries for 2,279 nondivine beings, varying from two lines on Ruszor, Suire, and the Stomach-Faces to a page and a half on the unicorn, with the average entry limited to one paragraph. Cross-referencing is generous, as are lists of alternate spellings. To save space, Rose numbers and keys source lists to the bibliography, which offers 189 titles ranging from the familiar Bulfinch's Mythology to articles in Saudi Gazette, Medieval Cultures, and The Economist. Illustrations show a variety of scary beasts, especially that epitome of lurking evil, the winged Djinn Danhaseh cradling a veiled maiden on his night flight over domed rooftops. An appendix groups monsters by nation and ethnic group and by association with weather, lakes and rivers, catastrophe, and apocalypse, and by species and behavior. The back matter sorely needs an index to trace monsters from the Bible, Greek mythology, and works by title and author. Rose's chief fault is inept rhetoric: she clings to "This is" or "These are" to begin most descriptions. Such boilerplate is less readable and absorbing than the library standby Man, Myth and Magic. Some major monsters are omitted (e.g., John Gardner's updated Grendel). A place to begin comparative studies that require basic identification, definition, and location. M. E. Snodgrass; independent scholar