Skip to main content

Book Review: Here's Nessie! by Karl Shuker

This years has seen quite a few Nessie books published. Most of these I have gotten, including the latest one, Karl Shuker's Here's Nessie! A Monstrous Compendium from Loch Ness. 

If you are someone who knows me or looks at this blog, you'll probably know that I am a fan of Karl's books. This one did not disappoint.

Throughout the book, Shuker examines the history of the Loch Ness Monsters, some theories as to what they could be (including plesiosaurs, long-necked seals, giant eels, etc.), and lots of other things, including Nessie in music, other Scottish loch monsters, kelpies and legends of water horses, and more.
A Kelpie/Water Horse

One very interesting chapter is the one about a sighting report given to Shuker by Tim Dinsdale, famous Nessie researcher, back in the 1980s. Shuker's book is the only one this sighting has been published in.

Another interesting chapter covers some very odd theories for what Nessie is, including Tony "Doc" Shiels' "elephant squid" theory, and some sightings in which the creature was described as a giant frog, a "cross between a very large horse and a camel," and more.

I enjoyed this book quite a bit and recommend it to those interested in the mystery of the Loch Ness Monster.

You can get it here.

UPCOMING REVIEWS...

As a side note - Coming soon will be a review of Stan Gordon's 2015 book Astonishing Encounters. After that, I have a few more CZ books from this year - Patrick Gallagher's Loch Ness: Back into the Depths and The Tantanoola Tiger, and Malcolm Robinson's The Monsters of Loch Ness. Look for those reviews in the future.





Comments

Popular posts from this blog

The Burrunjor - A Present-Day Australian Dinosaur?

Australia is said to be home to a variety of cryptid creatures, from the aquatic Bunyip, the man-like Yowies and Wakkis, and the thylacine. There is another, however, that could be considered stranger than all the others. Why? Because its said to be something that should have gone extinct 65 million years ago!

The creature in question is called the Burrunjor, and is said to be a surviving dinosaur. Now, before you think that there is no possible way the Burrunjor could be real, remember that there are sightings and stories of other dinosaur-like creatures from around the world - for example, the mokele-mbembe, kongamato, and others in Africa, "Mounatin Boomers" in the U.S., the Partridge Creek Monster, and more.

Over the years there have been many sightings and stories of the Burrunjor in Australia, including this one from Rex and Heather Gilroy from the 1970s:

"In 1978, a Northern Territory bushman and explorer, Bryan Clark, related a story of his own that had taken pl…

Some Thoughts on Alaska Monsters: Bigfoot Edition

So far, two episodes of Alaska Monsters: Bigfoot Edition have aired. Here are some of my thoughts on the show.

First off, let's start with the team, the Midnight Sons. There are a few new members on the team this season. The old leader, Little Bear, is gone, and now Crusty (the guy with the bear claw in his beard) is leader of the team. Other members are: Dudley (new guy), the team "forensic expert," Todd, the "trap engineer," Bulldog (new guy), the "survival expert," Rhett, the "greenhorn" (rookie), and of course Face, the "veteran tracker."

Compared to the AIMS Team of Mountain Monsters, Crusty is Trapper, Todd is Willy, Rhett is Buck, Bulldog would probably be Huckleberry, Dudley would probably be Jeff, and Face would be Wild Bill.

I haven't seen the first episode, "Bigfoot of the Arctic Circle: Siberian Giant," but I did watch episode two, "Bigfoot of Denali: Wind Walker" last Saturday. I actually though…

Mountain Monsters - Coming Back in 2018?

Destination America's Mountain Monsters was a huge hit when it premiered in 2013. It's had five seasons through last year.

Season 3 started a "Bigfoot Edition" and season 4 introduced a "rogue team." Last season focused entirely on this "rogue team" and ended with really no conclusion.

Over the past 2 Saturdays, some old season 2 episodes of Mountain Monsters have been playing in the evenings. Could this be a sign that the show might be back for another season this year, or does it have no meaning at all?

If the show does come back, where can they go? Last season made absolutely no sense at all and the whole thing was pretty stupid. If it does come back, I think they should go back to just monster hunting like they did in the first two seasons. Once they went to just "Bigfoot Edition" things went downhill quick.