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Breverton's Phantasmagoria: A Compendium of Monsters, Myths and Legends

4.18  ·  Rating Details ·  245 Ratings  ·  24 Reviews
A superbly illustrated guide to the mysteries of myth, legend, and—gulp!—real life.
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published September 1st 2011 by Lyons Press (first published July 1st 2011)
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This is a fantastical compendium that pulls together all the greatest myths and legends from around the world, from magical objects and legendary people and animals to mythical places and hoards of treasure. While this book doesn't have huge amounts of detail for each entry (one could only imagine the size of the book if the author tried that!) it is a superb starting point and the entries do cover the salient points, more than enough to get your imagination flowing. The author uses both ...more
Nov 14, 2012 Donald rated it it was amazing
Shelves: writer-reads, 2012
I think any personal library should have at least some reference material included. This compendium of monsters, myths, and legends by Terry Breverton certainly fits the bill.

While it is most memorable for its collection of creatures, it also includes listings of magical people and places, strange artefacts (sp), odd really is an entertaining compendium.

There are a lot of contemporary additions as well as notes going back to Pliny the elder. The index included makes it easy to zero
Katrin Kirilova
Добре. За съжаление не съм преценила колко книги мога да прочета за краткия си престой във Великобритания, и ми се наложи да грабна нещо от тук. Това е една хубаво илюстрована енциклопедия на митовете. Харесва ми, че авторът често свързва мит и наука. Също така се е постарал да вмести в 373 страници възможно най-много. Имаше любопитни неща, които не знаех. Доста исторически препратки. Подразни ме само фактът, бъдейки уелсец, той малко страда от синдромът на макадонеца и тук-там има някои ...more
Nov 03, 2016 GONZA rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cool book either for the topic or for the way it is written, it seemed like an old Encyclopedia!

Libro figo, sia per l'argomento che per com'é scritto: sembra una vecchia enciclopedia!
Feb 19, 2014 Victoria rated it really liked it
I won't give it five stars simply because I didn't read every single page - this was a 'dip in and out' kind of book. I love the design of the cover and illustrations;the appearance of an obscure Victorian hardback worked really well with the creepy subject matter. Information was easy to find and understand whilst also sprinkled with a tad of humour here and there. I'm not a massive non-fiction or encyclopedia fan, but I really enjoyed flicking through this, it covered the subject of myth and ...more
Nov 02, 2015 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
Shelves: on-my-shelf
I really like the way the book is divided up into sections to grab your interest. From monsters and legends to manuscripts and weird books to strange people and bizarre occurrences. It makes it easy to just flick to a page that catches your eye and you can end up getting lost in the chapters that follow.

It gives brief examples of the kind of things that people thought and believed in the not so distant past. It's a fun book you can easily dip in and out of and there'll always be something new an
Meh. This book is set up as a sort of encyclopedia covering a variety of supernatural oddities which I assume interested the author. And some entries are interesting, but Breverton has the habit of quoting from several medieval sources, all of which seem to repeat each other. So it comes across as repetitive, even within the rather brief framework of the entries. I wish I hadn't paid cash money for this. Not enough meat to justify the price.
Kelsey Courtney
Apr 18, 2016 Kelsey Courtney rated it it was amazing
There's no other book like this! And if you happen to find one sort of like it, trust me. This one is better. The master index of all things mystical, mythical, creepily religious, and blood sucking. One of my all time favorite books!
Jan 25, 2014 Christopher rated it liked it
Way too credulous, and occasionally screws up confirmed historical facts in minor fashion--but the large amount of strange materials and loads of cool etched illustrations make it worthwhile.
James Taylor
Dec 31, 2014 James Taylor rated it really liked it
Fun easy reference book on all manner of manner of myths. It hasn't picked up some recent scholarship on some Scottish myths, but hey-hoh that's a minr quibble.
Elizabeth Judd Taylor
Another fun book to dip in and out of--it's chock full of information on all things mythological and mysterious. Lots of fun, and great illustrations.
Jan 03, 2013 Gary rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned-books, horror
Excellent. Comprehensive with beautiful (and occasionally creepy) illustrations. Highly recommended!
Oct 21, 2013 Alex rated it it was amazing
Unfortunately, the tone veers from too credulous to too skeptical, but that doesn't damage the value of this book as a collection of curiousities.
Sep 17, 2014 Phoebe rated it really liked it
An excellent reference book for fantastic creatures, people and places. Highly recommended for fantasy writers.
Aug 21, 2013 Tina rated it it was amazing
Found this while sight seeing in San Diego. The cover alone screams buy me but the book itself makes it worth it
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