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Monday, November 7, 2016

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.


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.

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