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Varla Ventura is the author of Sheroes, and a scholar and lover of all things odd, unusual, and truly freaky. Her favorite holiday is Halloween, which she celebrates every day. She lives in San Francisco
Varla Ventura, author of Sheroes, The Book of the Bizarre, and Wild Women Talk About Love is a scholar, poet, provocateur and lover of all things odd, unusual, and truly freaky. Her favorite holiday is Halloween, and loves to talk about love. She lives in San Francisco, CA.
"The Book of the Bizarre" is a collection of facts, half-facts, speculations, fiction and outright falsehoods that was not so much written or compiled but excreted.
It reminded me of Jamie Lee Curtis' rant to her dumb boyfriend in "A Fish Called Wanda": "Now, let me correct you on a couple of things, OK? Aristotle was not Belgian. The central message of Buddhism is not `Every man for himself.' And the London Underground is not a political movement. Those are all mistakes, Otto. I looked them up."
In the case of "Bizarre," I want to tell Varla Ventura that Led Zepplin did not sell their souls to the devil for a recording contract; that cannibal Alfred Packer's first name is not "Alferd"; that Mary Shelley did not snatch her husband's heart from his funeral pyre -- she wasn't even there; that the Locusta who may have poisoned the Emperor Claudius was not Nero's mother, that was Agrippina; and that Michelangelo most emphatically did not carve David "while waiting for his editor to approve his novel, a thriller called `Chislers in Florence.'"
I love reading books about trivia and weird facts but i HATE when authors don't do their homework and produce half-truths because of lazyness. I too found many errors and incorrect information with this book. Thank goodness I borrowed it from a friend as I do not like to support authors financially like Varla Ventura who should be ashamed as an author when so many out there can't find a publisher who's work deserves more merit than hers. She should really be banned from writing books indefinitely. I should have known when she appeared on an airing of "Coast to Coast AM w/ George Noory" she practically begged listeners to contact her with bizarre stories so she could take them and turn them into a book. She couldn't even speak intelligently and from what I could tell has a less than stellar IQ score. Geez the nerve of some people!!!!!
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Startling stranger-than-fact true trivia is packed into thirteen chapters in BOOK OF THE BIZARRE, from surveys of haunted homes and spooky objects to strange facts about famous personalities, literary oddities, and more. As a light trivia read, this can't be beat and any collection catering to trivia fans will find it delightful.
Diane C. Donovan California Bookwatch
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