The Kosher Guide to Imaginary Animals–It’s Here!

Jeff VanderMeer • March 17th, 2010 @ 10:26 am • News

So, we got our copies of the Kosher Guide the other day. It looks beautiful. Tachyon did a great job with it. It should be available at online sources and in bookstores by April 1st, at the latest.

It’s a fun, deeply silly little book that’s not meant as anything at all serious, but it does pack a lot into 96 pages. Not only Evil Monkey’s discussions with Ann, but an intro by Joseph Nigg, who did the OED’s definitive book on fantastical beasts, an ending section where Ann and Ace of Cakes’ Duff Goldman talk about recipes for imaginary animals, and, of course, descriptions of 34 different creatures, from ET to a headless mule, Sea Monkeys to the Pope Lick Monster. All of this given vision and style by master designer John Coulthart. (We even slipped in an Ian Miller illustration.)

Io9, Bibliophile Stalker,, SF Site, and Foreword Magazine have all done nice features. It also appears the Jerusalem Post will do a review of the book.

There’s also talk of a very short-run, 34-copy limited edition from Tachyon, for those who collect books.

13 Responses to “The Kosher Guide to Imaginary Animals–It’s Here!”

  1. Larry says:

    I wonder who would win in a fight between Borges and the Pope Lick Monster?

  2. Steve Tem says:

    Looks beautiful. I’m a great fan of little books.

  3. Tansy Rayner Roberts says:

    Not sure if you’ve seen this yet, but Alisa gives her first impressions of the book in episode 2 of our new podcast at

  4. Sovay says:

    Am so getting a copy of this for a cantor I know.

  5. Jeff VanderMeer says:

    Thanks, all. Hope you like it!

  6. Hellbound Heart says:

    yup……chalk this one up for me to chase after during my school break…
    good on ya mate

    peace and love…..

  7. James says:

    Ingram lists the pub date as 30 April, I notice. Don’t know if that will actually affect anything, but there you are.

  8. Jeff VanderMeer says:

    Yeah…sigh. This should be a bestseller, but these delays…still, they’re wrong. it’s in the warehouses and on its way.

  9. Larry says:

    My copy arrived in the mail today from Amazon. Very nice.

  10. Tero says:

    My daughter (age 8) was browsing the book at the kitchen table and asked what it was about. I explained the concept briefly, and she was intrigued. Her response, “When I grow bigger and learn English, I want to read this book” So, another fan waiting just for learning a second language…

  11. French Women : says:

    i would like to learn more about the english language specially the english grammar “”

  12. Inking Stamp says:

    learning english is quite easy, there arem any tutorials on the internet and some audiobooks too ,:.

  13. How much do lawyers make says:

    It’s a wonderful, wonderful book. I think I bought it 3 or 4 times, always like a gift to my grandsons

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