Saturday, June 08, 2013

Book Review: Alien Animals by Janet and Colin Bord

Very good, if unusual perspective on Cryptozoological creatures

This book, written in 1980 and re-published in 1981 in paperback (which is the edition I am reviewing here) has 5 chapters about Cryptozoological creatures; Chapter 1 is devoted to Lake Monsters, including The Loch Ness Monster, Champ, Ogopogo and other lesser-known denizens of the deep; Chapter 2 is about giant cats (panthers, lions in unusual places) with some sightings in the Bords' home country of England; Chapter 3 examines large black dogs and how they are sometimes a portent of horrible storms or death and sometimes are not even solid matter (!); Chapter 4 tells us about giant winged creatures, including Thunderbirds, the Mothman, giant eagles and other winged terrors and Chapter 5 brings us perhaps the most well-known cryptids around the world-BHM's The Bords' designation for Big Hairy Monsters (Bigfoot/Sasquatch, Yeti, Man Monkey of England and the Almas of Russia). Some of the more famous cases of each of these cryptids are examined in each chapter, other accounts not so well-known. Chapter 6 attempts to explain the proliferation of these mystery cryptids and what may be the explanation for them appearing, especially in areas where they would not seem to be able to survive due to limited food sources or shelter or water. The Bords propose there may be a stranger explanation for these animals-that they are actually spiritual animals more so than flesh and blood. They also examine the UFO aspect and how it may explain some sightings and reports. The Bords are only proposing those as possible theories-they are not necessarily endorsing these as explanations for mystery creatures. All in all, I enjoyed this book a great deal, and it belongs in all Cryptozoology libraries (it is sitting beside my copies of the Bords' other books The Bigfoot Casebook and The Evidence For Bigfoot and Other Man-Beasts). This book is a solid 9 out of 10. Very good effort by the Bords.

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