It is the age of the sceptic and don't we know it as they attempt to impose their way of thinking on the rest of us in not only the domain of cryptozoology but matters far and wide where they think theirs is the superior intellect.
However, one name I thought had retired to his armchair with his slippers and pipe is Ronald Binns. Nessie fans will know him well for his less than satisfactory book from 1983, "The Loch Ness Mystery Solved", which failed to live up to its title as it descended into a diatribe of exaggerations, misrepresentations and dubious interpretations.
I have covered the flaws in that book on several occasions on this blog with respect to the classic Mackay sighting and his treatment of the late Alex Campbell. The question is whether this new book is going to be cold scepticism reheated which will be as bad for you as a bowl of reheated rice?
Whether he intends to bring anything new to the table remains to be seen. Whether he will correct the errors of his previous book or continue to libel cryptid advocates also remains to be seen. As you can tell from the tone of this post, the mode is less than receptive based on past experience.
However, this latest book in a line of recent sceptical works will be released on the 8th August. That line includes Loxton and Prothero's "Abominable Science" (reviewed here), Tony Harmsworth's "Loch Ness Understood" (reviewed here) and Darren Naish's "Hunting Monsters" (reviewed here). That will be four sceptical books in seven years, too frequent in my opinion.
I am not sure how pleased they were with my reviews ...
They have all so far pretty much said the same thing and rehashed the old arguments but added more ridiculous ones such as the swan interpretation of the Hugh Gray photograph. So what Binns has to say is as yet unclear (and Amazon currently has no product description). I wait to be surprised and will post a review in due course (though that may unfortunately involve buying the book).