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Mysterious America: The Ultimate Guide to the Nation's Weirdest Wonders, Strangest Spots, and Creepiest Creatures Paperback – April 24, 2007
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Published in revised version in 2004, MYSTERIOUS AMERICA is very much like buckshot: it goes here, there, and everywhere in search of an interesting target. Now and then Coleman manages to find one, and when this occurs he actually writes of it quite well; his brief passages on the likes of Springheeled Jack and the Kelly-Hopkinsville case (presented here as Kelly's Little Men) are well told, and his more detailed renderings of "ghost clowns" and "the mad gasser" are quite fascinating. But these aside, Coleman spends a lot of time on mysterious kangaroos roaming the midwest, tiresome big foot accounts that have already been endlessly repeated, and lions and panthers that turn up in unexpected places. Such stories are the bulk of the book, and not only are they unteresting in and of themselves, they are written in a remarkably uninteresting way.
There are, as Shakespeare noted, more things in heaven and heaven than are dreamt of in our philosphies. But I doubt anyone will be convinced of it by MYSTERIOUS AMERICA, which is only mildly mysterious and passably interesting.
GFT, Amazon Reviewer
You are gently led down his early paths of inquiry that seem to reflect his true Fortean attitude and beliefs that eventually expose the idea that anything is possible.
The reports never seem to die off and although many of them are very old, some are surprisingly recent. From black panthers to strange bipedal hairy humanoids,the trails fork right and left and more times than not, the evidence leads to even more difficult questions.
Old wives tales and legendary folklore have led to permanent impressions and resulted in many locations being given strange and leading names as to their history. Such as the name Devil being used hundreds of times in naming mountain peaks, caves, and lakes. It's true and worldwide, although sometimes other supernatural monikers are also used; such as spirit, ghost, and witch.
What it all comes down to is a great chapter book to be read just before bedtime with milk and cookies.
A great interest prodding script that makes it difficult to put down.
It rates my five stars for sure.
Some of the creatures featured in “Mysterious America” are well known from other sources. Who haven't heard of Bigfoot, Champ, the Minnesota Iceman, the “alien” attack at Kelly, phantom panthers and the Jersey Devil? Other bizarre phenomena were news, at least to me. What are we to make of the “phantom clowns” that harass children? Or phantom kangaroos at various locations across the United States? Baboon-like devil monkeys and mystery lions are also featured, as is the Mad Gasser of Mattoon. A list at the back of the book also features phantom ships.
Coleman's concluding remarks are interesting. While the author's late colleague Ivan T Sanderson was a flesh-and-blood cryptozoologist, Coleman was more sympathetic to the idea that there isn't a clear-cut demarcation between cryptids (unknown animals) and paranormal phenomena such as UFOs or ghosts. Nor is there a clear line between reality and fantasy. The paranormal might be some kind of projection of our own subconscious. Coleman also mentions the even stranger speculations of Forteans John Michell and Robert Rickard, about “morphogenetic fields” which make it possible for extinct animals to come back in the flesh.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I purchased this book as a gift for my brother who has subsequently planned a trip based on its research. He enjoyed it very much.Published 3 months ago by Charley Farrow
Other than using the word fortean every other sentence,it is a fairly interesting read.Published 10 months ago by jerrad merrell
Well written by Coleman. Most of his books are very well written. I like how he gives background info and history to each subject he speaks about.Published 12 months ago by Patti West-Truby
An easy book to read. I reslly liked it and was sorry when I finished.Published 16 months ago by Abigail M
Good information but its so bland and fact like that it almost takes any enjoyment out of it. I truly felt like I was reading a lab report. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Tom Hayes
This is one of my favorite books by the author. It's also quite entertaining. This is a must read for anyone interested in cryptozoology or just the plane weirdness of days past. Read morePublished on May 15, 2014 by Honest Reviewer