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Product Details

  • Paperback: 242 pages
  • Publisher: Infilpress; 1 edition (October 15, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0973778709
  • ISBN-13: 978-0973778700
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 6.3 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,006 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Ninjalicious has been an urban explorer for most of his life, and since 1996 has regularly published the zine Infiltration, "the zine about going places you're not supposed to go." He lives in Toronto.

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A few days of googling later, I found this book and ordered it.
Haggai Elkaiam
That fact notwithstanding, this is a great introductory book to the art of urban exploration, and I highly recommend it to anyone looking to get into the hobby.
Brandon of Springfield
Throughout, the book is permeated with a sense of humour and an easy, readable writing style.
David Pease

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

I have been an avid fan for many years of Ninjalicious's E-zine Infiltration ([...]), a website devoted to exploring the bowels of those places you're not supposed to go: city hospitals, hotels, subway tunnels, abandoned factories, the works. Sadly, Ninjalicious passed away in August 2005 from a terminal illness, but his love of exploration (and a good yarn!) lives on in Access All Areas.

Urban exploration is not for everyone: it is generally illegal, dirty, claustrophobic, and can be downright dangerous, if not fatal (exploring subway tunnels when the trains are in use, risk of electrocution from stepping on the third electrified rail in subway tunnels, asbestos and other toxic chemicals in abandoned factories, drowning if drains flash flood, etc.). For me, I enjoyed reading Ninj's adventures exploring working subway tunnels, abandoned breweries, barging in on hotel swimming pools pretending to be a guest, and other hands-off areas of Toronto.

Ninjalicous's writing style and down-to-earth pointers about Urban Exploration (he can most definitely be considered one of the sport's founders), along with the ever-present naughty thrill of "will you be caught?" makes it an exciting hobby (please note, I'm an armchair Urban Explorer -- I've never tried exploring Toronto's subways, hospitals, abandoned breweries, or hotels in person, I'm just a fan of Ninjalicious and the *idea* of Urban Exploration.) Rest in peace, Ninjalicious, and thanks for the years of thrills!
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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful By David Pease on January 24, 2006
I ordered this book whilst drunk and reading the internet one night, and proceeded to forget all about it. When it arrived weeks later, I was wary of the theme, the author's nom de plume, and virtually everything else. I personally am not an urban explorer--I suppose I just thought I'd find the subject interesting.

Turns out, this was the best book I read all year. It's written with an inquisitive but respectful attitude, and the author is properly derisive of people who enter spaces to deface them. Many of the observations the book makes are extremely interesting, and provide insight into how large properties and operations work that will be of use even if you aren't planning on looking around. Throughout, the book is permeated with a sense of humour and an easy, readable writing style.

I was sad to hear that Ninjalicious had passed on. I would have liked to meet him, shake his hand, and tell him he's written a very, very good book.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Richard Drdul on February 5, 2006
I grabbed this book from the library because the subject intrigued me - not because I plan to infiltrate anything, but rather just because I wanted to read about it. And what a great read it turned out to be. Ninjalicious writes very well and with a good sense of humour. He covers the subject thoroughly (I can't imagine he overlooked anything) and with a good attitude. I enjoyed the several brief anecdotes scattered throughout the book describing infiltrations which Ninjalicious conducted (and documented with photos), and I particularly enjoyed the chapter on social engineering (the principles of which are applicable to many day-to-day non-infiltration encounters). Highly recommended.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Anne Potter on December 16, 2008
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I bought this book for a present for my husband and found that I have a hard time keeping my hands off it.
Well written and informative, this book has insights into how to infiltrate just about anywhere - from construction sites to the restricted sections of hospitals, from abandoned subway tunnels to rooftops to formal parties to which you were not invited.
Ninjalicious also tells you what to do if you get caught, gives tips on walking past guards or other official people, and details the fine art of not looking suspicious in the first place.
Whether you're a secret agent, a modern-day urban ninja, or just curious, I recommend this book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Inge Thorin Eidsaether on January 17, 2010
In my search for unusual and interesting books, I came across Access All Areas by Ninjalicious (otherwise known as Jeff Chapman). I can't remember whether the title or the author's chosen pseudonym piqued my interest (it was probably both), but the subject at hand was certainly interesting, and the glowing reviews by other people left no doubt in my mind that this was going to be an enjoyable read. Quite so. I am well over half way through, and the book is hard to put down. Informative, engaging, and humorous, Ninj writes in a way that is easy to follow, although it is quite evident that he knows his language well (with a vocabulary to boot) and this shines through every once in a while through the use of subtle puns and his slightly off-beat sense of humor. Intelligently written, the book covers a lot of ground, but also places much-needed importance on the topics of personal safety and ethics, to make sure the curious take necessary precautions before their next expedition, and understand that the topic is about exploration and NOT about destruction or leaving your mark where it isn't wanted.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By E. Wallace on September 11, 2007
For anyone in the "Urban Exploration" scene, the name Ninjalicious is almost legendary. Not that he was one of the first to explore tunnels and old buildings, but he was one of the first to really achieve some level of fame for doing so. So the source for this information is more than credible.

If you are a veteran explorer, this book probably will not tell you much you don't already know. If you are just beginning to explore, this may be a helpful guide, but you'd be better off finding experienced people and going with them. A little experience and a good amount of common sense should see you through.

That said, I still would recommend this book to any active or armchair explorer. The author's humor makes reading this book a joy and the personal stories he includes are highly entertaining. So if nothing else, read it for fun. Plus, you never know. There may be a gem or 2 of wisdom in there for even the most veteran explorer.
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