by Bob Eggleton and Nigel Suckling
The title pretty much tells you all you need to know about the focus of this book, so I’ll get straight to the review. As a book of this type should be, it is colorfully illustrated, and for this reason is enjoyable to browse in or read all the way through. The pictures don’t always match the text, but they are always nice to look at.
Instead of setting out to prove the existence of sea monsters, the text gives a fascinating and fairly thorough overview of sea monsters in myth, legend, and purported fact. If you are curious about sea monsters, this book might be just what you are looking for to have fun learning more about them, and it might inspire you to look into more detailed books. However, readers who are looking for an in-depth examination of the evidence for and against sea monsters might be disappointed.
This book is safe for most readers, containing just some scary stuff, a single crude slang word, mild mythical humanoid immodesty, and references to macro-evolution. The only notable mark against it is that a disdainful view of Christianity creeps into the text on a few occasions, but this is ironically somewhat balanced by an endorsement of the general integrity of clergymen.
(c) 2012 Jonathan Garner