Saturday, November 24, 2018

Chasing American Monster, 251 Creatures, Cryptids, and Hairy Beasts by Jason Offutt

Chasing American Monster, 251 Creatures, Cryptids, and Hairy Beasts by Jason Offutt was a fun book to read. It appeals to your inner monster and is perfect for lounging next to the fireplace in your PJ's. (full review below)


Chasing American Monster, 251 Creatures, Cryptids, and Hairy Beasts by Jason Offutt gives you a brief, fun and sometimes scary look into the stories of cryptozoology, monsters, and the folklore in the United States of America. This would be an excellent book for a coffee shop, an on-the-go read, or sitting next to the fireplace in your PJ’s.

What to expect: The about the author/foreword, I enjoyed more than I probably should have (oh Gary, I have two like you at home). The introduction does a nice job explaining our fascination with monsters, the history (ex. Luigi Galvani, H. G. Wells), and why we need monsters. I’m glad to see the author mentions the Okapi, giant panda, coelacanth, megamouth shark, and more (research if you don't know why this is important).

The main part of the book contains monsters from each state in alphabetical order. The author gives a brief description of each state (terrain, famous people, and events), followed by monsters (multiple per state, nice variety).

The conclusion consists of the author’s personal thoughts about monsters. He leaves you with the question of whether or not monsters exist.

The meh of the book (for me): Some of the descriptions are rather short, leaving you wanting more. I'd rather more detail in a couple than a bunch of small falling short, but could just be my personal taste.

Whether you are a skeptic, a believer, or some where in-between, this book will appeal to your inner curiosity. Overall I would recommend and I plan to purchase this book for my nephews.

Thank you to the author, publisher, and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advanced copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.

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Where to purchase:
Llewellyn
Amazon
Barnes and Noble
IndieBound

Where to find the author: Jason Offutt

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