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Transformation: The Breakthrough Mass Market Paperback – January 1, 1997


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Avon Books (Mm) (January 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380705354
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380705351
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #825,374 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 31, 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book is the most compelling book about Alien Encounters that I have ever read. It is a brutally honest account of one man's struggle for complete understanding of what is happening to him. I have been a critic of Strieber's more recent books. This, his second book of the Visitor Phenomenon, better captures his feelings while he still had an honest perception of them.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Chadwick H. Saxelid on June 2, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Whitley Strieber felt the compulsion to further explore the events he described in Communion and clear up some facts. He only makes the reader doubt him more. More hearsay and nothing truly concrete, unless you take the author's continual statements of truthfulness at face value. Will frustrate even the most forgiving of readers. I still found it interesting reading, but just barely.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By The Guardian TOP 500 REVIEWER on November 15, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This book was written concurrently with the author's international bestseller "Communion" and published just one year later. It turns out Strieber had always intended for his exploration of what happened to him with the visitors to become a publishing series, starting with "Communion" (which is genuinely worth reading) and continuing through further volumes, which sold far less well and are not so highly regarded.

Whereas "Communion" has a simple, visceral power and reads as a coherent, chronological narrative about the author's experiences with the visitors, "Transformation" is more a collection of recollections and speculations which didn't make it into the first book. It jumps from one idea to another and is less focussed than the first volume, though it does contain some interesting stuff. Further abductions both of Whitley and his son Andrew (whose real name is used in this book) are described, some of which do read as dream-like; their reality is degraded by the uncomfortable fact that, whereas thousands of abduction accounts from other abductees describe exactly the same beings and processes, Strieber's are in many details unique and different. This is usually a red flag, and lends support to the contention expressed by many that Strieber "has a hard time telling fact from fiction."

At the core of "Transformation" is the author's struggle to find the meaning of the experience, and here he goes way off the map. He journeys into metaphysical and rather new-age territory as he comes to believe the visitors recycle souls, and that the Earth is a kind of "school." There are echoes of Jim Sparks' writings in the self-indulgent, obsessively introspective narcissism which characterises much of the book's content.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Viva Caballe on April 9, 2007
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I loved this book, it is full of revelations about the mysteries of the human soul, and reveals that the universe is much bigger and multifaceted than the average man or woman could have ever guessed. This book is very deep, and has a definite spiritual feel to it. The book is a non fiction but poetic account of a man named Whitley Strieber, who has been abducted by aliens, numerous times throughout his entire life, beginning when he was a young boy. Transformation is highly literate, and extremely well written. It is never dull, a true page turner. The book reveals how Whitley Strieber the most famous abductee in America has been transformed both mentally and spiritually by his abduction experiences. Highly recommended to anyone interested in UFOs, the new age, freemasons, life on other planets, reincarnation, God and spirituality, as well as the deepest insights into the human psyche.
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Format: Hardcover
Transformation is one of the most interesting books about alien abduction out there. Strieber provides lots more detail than he did in Communion, and the number of witnesses mentioned raises the question that this might all be real. Strieber isn't, to my reading, being an advocate for alien abduction here, so much as reporting his perceptions and asking the question, what is going on? I have to admit that I picked this up as a used book, but I'm inspired to write this because it's also a useful book, especially for anybody whose interested in the alien phenomenon but doesn't want to be hit over the head with theories.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Not many people realized that Whitley Strieber's close encounters continued after he published communion, but they did. This book offers an outline of what happened next,
and includes some very weird stuff, such as the "nine knocks" segment, which details an apparent visit that was completely physical in its nature. But Strieber never varies from what has become
a lifelong assertion that, despite the evidence, until there's proof positive, the whole area of aliens and close encounters has to be kept in question. A provocative, refreshing book.
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