Encyclopedia of Imaginary and Mythical Places

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
06/01/2014
Unlike Alberto Manguel in Dictionary of Imaginary Places, professional vampirologist Bane (Encyclopedia of Vampire Mythology) eschews popular sources in this encyclopedia of imaginary and mythological lands, selecting perennial underworlds, otherworlds, and afterworlds (Avalon, Ophir, but not Hogwarts). Some actual places are included among the 800-plus entries, contrary to the author's stated plan. There is much Norse and Celtic, but also East Asian, Hindu, Arabic, Oceanic, and other material. Entries are brief and cite sources. An extensive bibliography attests to the work's range; there is a lengthy index and occasional pronunciation help. A preface and introduction add some personal reflections. Editorial failures are rampant, however. There is much redundancy and inconsistency; cross-references are spotty (e.g., "Camelot" does not cite the locations "Carlisle," "Cardigan," or "Logres"). Copy editing is abysmal: hundreds of errors (i.e., grammar, spelling, and mechanics), major and minor, sometimes inhibit meaning (e.g., "barely" for "barley"; "tome" for "tomb" and later for "home"; "Schildburg" for "Gotham"; "entrances" for "enchantress"; and many more). The numerous misplaced modifiers are ridiculous (e.g., "A road in Arthurian lore said to be haunted by devils, Sir Launcelot…"). VERDICT This intermittently fascinating compilation, potentially useful to scholars and writers, is undermined by its all-pervasive errors.—Patricia D. Lothrop, St. George's Sch., Newport, RI
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786478484
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/4/2014
  • Pages: 204
  • Sales rank: 1,360,410

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