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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: New Page Books; 1 edition (September 21, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1601632371
  • ISBN-13: 978-1601632371
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #343,172 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Nick Redfern is an author, lecturer, and journalist who writes about a wide range of unsolved mysteries, including Bigfoot, UFOs, the Loch Ness monster, alien encounters, and government conspiracies. His previous books include The Pyramids and the Pentagon; Keep Out!; The Real Men in Black; The NASA Conspiracies; Contactees; and Memoirs of a Monster Hunter, all published by New Page Books. He writes for many publications, including UFO Magazine, Fate, and Fortean Times, and has appeared on numerous television shows, including the History Channel's Ancient Aliens,Monster Quest, and UFO Hunters; National Geographic Channel's The Truth about UFOs, and Paranatural; and SyFy Channel's Proof Positive. He can be contacted at nickredfernsbooks.blogspot.com.

More About the Author

Nick Redfern is a full-time author and journalist specializing in a wide range of unsolved mysteries, including Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster, UFO sightings, government conspiracies, alien abductions and paranormal phenomena. He writes regularly for the London Daily Express newspaper, Fortean Times, Fate, and UFO Magazine. His previous books include Three Men Seeking Monsters, Strange Secrets, Cosmic Crashes, and The FBI Files. Among his many exploits, Redfern has investigated reports of lake monsters in Scotland, vampires in Puerto Rico, werewolves in England, aliens in Mexico, and sea serpents in the United States. Redfern travels and lectures extensively around the world. Originally from England, he currently lives in Dallas, Texas.

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All in all a fun read.
Thomas Spink
It's a shame really, because he's done so much research, But, I fear his interesting facts are getting lost in compound sentences.
Sandra Winter
The World's Weirdest Places by Nick Redfern is a book I could hardly put down!
Bonnie Neely

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Bonnie Neely on September 5, 2012
Format: Paperback
The World's Weirdest Places by Nick Redfern is a book I could hardly put down! It is very readable and each chapter takes a different kind of weird place and describes it. The stories and tales of aliens, UFO's, ghosts, etc. are fascinating, and he tells several about each place, as well as giving the location and some of the history of what has happened there. If you are a thrill seeker, you can use his Index to plan your next exciting trip! If you are a timid traveler, use this book to see the places to avoid, even if you have to take circuitous routes (like some of the planes and ships that decide to by-pass the Bermuda Triangle...one of his first chapters!) I like to read about weird places and occurances, but I never knew there are so many in the world. He has 25 intriguing chapters about places around the world (and some near YOU!) A FUN READ!
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By M. L Lamendola VINE VOICE on September 8, 2012
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Nick Redfern fans won't be disappointed with this latest work from an author who has established himself as a capable researcher, free thinker, and good writer. His books are always a good read. It helps that he covers "Who woulda thunk?" subjects, but I think more than anything it's the way he writes about those things. I enjoyed this book, just as I have enjoyed reading his other books.

In The World's Weirdest Places, Redfern discusses 25 locales that have something positively weird about them. Some of these places are famous for one thing that's weird, but that's only part of the story. For example, the New York City subway (alligators) and Loch Ness (the Loch Ness monster). But they are weird for reasons beyond those famous examples. If you took away the alligators and the Loch Ness monster, the New York City subway and Loch Ness would still be very weird places.

Some of these places are ones with which I had no previous association with weirdness. I think each reader will find several such examples. Most Americans will probably have to include Bhangarh, India. I had never heard of the place before, but it is truly weird!

This book consist of 25 chapters, spread across 186 pages. Each chapter is devoted to a different weird locale. There's also a conclusion, in which Redfern offers a possible explanation for all this. The book is also indexed, which is helpful for those using it as a reference text. The bibliography runs 15 pages long, which is about on par for a Redfern work. I really can't comment on the veracity of the sources. But I can say where Redfern presented information on something I already knew about, he made no errors of fact. I've now read several Redfern books and have yet to find an error of fact.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Susan Livingstone on March 16, 2013
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I have read a number of Nick Redfern's books. Some are better than others. This one, however, is seriously disappointing.

First of all, if this limp list of the weirdest places in the world is genuinely his idea of the World's Weirdest Places, then Mr. Redfern clearly hasn't left his basement in a long, long time. Anybody who has had even a passing interest in the paranormal or the anomalous will have run across the stories told here in a dozen different books already. Not a single one of them covered new, unexplored territory.

However, that might not have been so bad, if he had at least actually traveled to these locations and dug up some fresh information, or *recent* information, or conducted an interesting witness interview, or even just shared the latest thinking on the causes, effects, or significance of the mysterious events that make these places famous. But no such luck.

A single glance at the index confirms the worst - every single reference in the book was taken from a website. This is what the book is - a collection of stories from the web that required the author have 2 things: an Internet connection, and a pressing debt that forced him to get something (anything) to his publishers in the least amount of time possible. If he had been further required to have narrative skill, or even a decent editor, all might yet have been forgiven, but sadly, the book is so poorly written that it finally became nearly impossible to read without extreme aggravation. Typos, grammatical errors, excessive and unnecessary punctuation, pet adjectives and phrases repeated ad nauseum could (possibly) be overlooked if the information being presented was fresh and thought-provoking. As it is, you will be tempted long before the end to use this waste of trees as kindling.

Save yourselves money. If you are interested in this topic, then you can go to all the websites the author did and read to your heart's content. It won't cost you a dime.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By me on November 29, 2012
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I bought this book and thought that it would be a bunch of mini point pleasants, this book while entertaing is more a collection of folktales rather than a serious report on High Strangeness. Worth reading just not worth buying new.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Joseph S. Maresca HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on September 16, 2012
Format: Paperback
The World's Weirdest Places by Nick Redfern takes readers
to the scariest places on earth. Examples of the sites are
the Bermuda Triangle, the legendary Loch Ness in Scotland,
the slopes of Mount Shasta in California, the darkest
corners of the Solomon Islands and the turbulent waters
of the Devil's Sea in Japan.

In March, 1918, the USS Cyclops disappeared in the Bermuda
Triangle with 300 passengers aboard. Two years later, the
schooner Carroll A. Deering disappeared en-route to Brazil.
In February, 1963, the SS Sulfur Queen literally vanished
in the area with just a single life jacket found according
to the author.

Redfern believes that the reasons for these disappearances are
numerous and varied. The details are reported as either compass malfunctions, disorientation, sudden violent weather, mechanical failure, electrical failure or pilot error. The one common thread throughout is that large numbers of people and their crafts just disappeared and were never again found.

Mano Uni or the Devil's Sea is known for hundreds of
mysterious disappearances, dramatic alien encounters,
myths of sea dragons and ships swallowed by the sea
dating back a few centuries. The Mongolian warlord
Kublai Khan attempted to flex the power of his command
in the 1200s when his men and fleet disappeared
mysteriously in the Devil's Sea.

Redfern describes a colony of plesiosaurs which are aquatic
reptiles that lived some 65 million years ago. These reptiles
were cold blooded animals which appeared to be elongated giant
eels. Gordon Holmes secured footage of a black creature 45
feet in length moving at a fast pace in Loch Ness.
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