This is an alphabetically arranged dictionary of gods, spirits, and creatures of myth. Its thorough core of Greek and British (Irish, English, Scottish, and Welsh) legends is bolstered by coverage of mythology from around the world: Japanese, Russian, Chinese, Eskimo, Native American, Australian Aboriginal, Egyptian, Mayan, Micronesian, African, and more. The entries are concise and informative, making this a good, solid addition to any reference collection, particularly those needing to supplement material on European myth.-- Gail Wood, Montgomery Coll. Lib., German town, Md.
An encyclopedic dictionary of over 500 characters and creature types from the mythology of peoples throughout the world. In addition to the classical, Egyptian and Babylonian, Celtic and Norse figures are Chinese ghosts, Mayan gods, Russian elves, a German prankster first discovered during World War II, and other things that go bump in the night. Africa is not represented. The lack of pronunciation is a serious defect in a reference covering so many languages. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)