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Home > Books & Reviews > Pagan > Mystical Beasts Search

Book Review:
Magickal, Mythical, Mystical Beasts

Author: D. J. Conway
Trade Paperback, 259 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn
Publication date: September 1996
ISBN: 1567181767
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This review is not an easy one to write.

D.J. Conway doesn't have a very good rep amongst the serious Pagan scholars. Too many of her books either skim over things or seem like she does a global search and replace for the religion flavor of the month. So I went into reading this book with a suspicious state of mind.

I was still feeling suspicious when I finished. I found the stories and selections interesting. I liked having the footnotes at the end of each chapter that gives me the sources, allowing me the option of digging deeper into the subject. I thought her so-called ritual chapter was laughable, but that is not a major flaw.

I didn't find any problems with the book. But it was a Conway book. Talk about conflicts.

Personally, I think it is a good 'put on the shelf and pull out when needed' book. I would never put it on a primary list of books for my students since I would rather that they read some of the source material, nevertheless, it is nice to have for reference. If you have the money and no other book catches your fancy, then this one can be useful.

Reviewed by Elspeth

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