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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Monkeybrain (August 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932265058
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932265057
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,425,180 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is amazing. It's a collection of speculative non-fiction: the old "What if" game played to perfection. -- RevolutionSF

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Luís Rodrigues on July 10, 2004
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Ever wondered what boy scouts are really up to? Where all the dinosaurs went? How Robert Heinlein halted the Mongovian invasion of 1938? Who Genghis Khan's spies in Europe were? And what the heck is wrong with California?
Matthew Rossi, who may share a psychic link with people like Avram Davidson, Jorge Luis Borges, Umberto Eco, Charles Fort and H.P. Lovecraft, endeavours to answer these and other perplexing questions in the 35+ strange short essays collected in _Things That Never Were_. It is fun and clever and disconcertingly insane; and no matter how erudite the subject matter may be, Rossi's tone remains informal and unassuming throughout this guided tour of the ten dimensions of the Sephiroth. If the 10,000 volts you've been passing through your head are no longer enough to get you off, this frantic weaving of fact and fiction may just be the ticket to deliver that extra jolt you've been craving for.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Julianna J. Rossi on October 21, 2003
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Any discussion of Matt Rossi's book invariably includes some discussion of categorization; where do we place a book which leaps from Tunguska to the hollow earth and back again via express tesseract? The essays contained herein might seem disparate to the casual observer - but if read with an eye to comprehension, one can see a common, nascent thread linking them all- something along the lines of a ley line burning brightly in the darkness. In and of themselves, the works stand alone and stand as plainly informative or as speculatively imaginative as the reader can bring to them. There is simply no end at the end of Rossi's story - only more dimensional vortices to fall through.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sarris Delapore on February 24, 2004
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The introduction by Paul Di Filippo sums it up best - "Rossi's several incompatible mindchildren aren't fighting. they're violently screwing, and out of this brain-intercourse is going to arise an unpredictable hybrid of startling portent."
I've never enjoyed a book more. I've never been more confused by one. It's not a simple book, but it is a good one. If you enjoy odd writing, this is one of the best I've come across.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Robert Devereux on November 26, 2004
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When most people write conspiracy theories, they are grounded in what most people consider "reality." Not so with Rossi. He bases his theories on pulp fiction, fantasy and sci-fi. Instead of going onto the typical areas (like JFK, Freemasons, Templars), he reimagines Greek gods through nanotechnology, the Tunguska explosion as the result of a time travel experiment, Hypatia moving the Library of Alexandria into hyperspace, and other more bizarre theories. In the hands of a lesser author, they would be dismissed as the rantings of a madman. In Rossi's hands, you feel like there is be a kernel of truth to the theories. You might not believe all (or even most) of them, but you may look at things differently after reading it.
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2 of 30 people found the following review helpful By RIJU GANGULY on August 10, 2011
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Despite all its tall claims (and the reviews posted by others), this book is not enjoyable because it addresses nobody except its own mind that seems to derive pleasure from hurling all kinds of (mostly bad) ideas here & there, mostly in a language that suits American teen-agers more than others. Most of the "discourses" were skewed, fantastic, ribald in a ghastly way, and totally bereft of any redeeming value (like humour and compassion) that enlivens works by Mike Resnick. Don't go for this volume, there are other, far more scholarly or entertaining or valuable-on-both-counts books that are preferably over this wastage of paper & money.
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