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Access All Areas: A User's Guide to the Art of Urban Exploration Paperback – October 15, 2005
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Urban exploration is not for everyone: it is generally illegal, dirty, claustrophobic, and can be downright dangerous, if not fatal (exploring subway tunnels when the trains are in use, risk of electrocution from stepping on the third electrified rail in subway tunnels, asbestos and other toxic chemicals in abandoned factories, drowning if drains flash flood, etc.). For me, I enjoyed reading Ninj's adventures exploring working subway tunnels, abandoned breweries, barging in on hotel swimming pools pretending to be a guest, and other hands-off areas of Toronto.
Ninjalicous's writing style and down-to-earth pointers about Urban Exploration (he can most definitely be considered one of the sport's founders), along with the ever-present naughty thrill of "will you be caught?" makes it an exciting hobby (please note, I'm an armchair Urban Explorer -- I've never tried exploring Toronto's subways, hospitals, abandoned breweries, or hotels in person, I'm just a fan of Ninjalicious and the *idea* of Urban Exploration.) Rest in peace, Ninjalicious, and thanks for the years of thrills!
Turns out, this was the best book I read all year. It's written with an inquisitive but respectful attitude, and the author is properly derisive of people who enter spaces to deface them. Many of the observations the book makes are extremely interesting, and provide insight into how large properties and operations work that will be of use even if you aren't planning on looking around. Throughout, the book is permeated with a sense of humour and an easy, readable writing style.
I was sad to hear that Ninjalicious had passed on. I would have liked to meet him, shake his hand, and tell him he's written a very, very good book.
Ninjalicious' work is also a commentary on our society. Many of us live our lives without observing. The places in which we live, work, and carry out our daily lives are designated to us at every turn. We are told where we can and can't go, and, for the most part, we obey these orders and instructions mindlessly, never thinking about what lies beyond the "do not enter" and "prohibited" signs. Ninjalicious encourages us to move beyond this social and societal numbness and truly see the urban world around us. Even if one only reads this book and never explores for themselves, an "arm-chair urban explorer" if you will, they will certainly gain a wider and more awe-inspired view of the everyday world around them.
Lastly, Access All Areas reads like a memior, given the history behind its writer. Ninjalicious died of terminal cancer back in 2005.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
For anyone interested in Urban Exploration, this is pretty much your Bible. From novices to experts, everyone will find something useful.Published 10 months ago by Susan
Wisdom learned by someone else so you don't have to. If you are interested in urban exploration, I suggest you give this a read because you might just learn something you never... Read morePublished 17 months ago by T man
A classic with information for those who just have to see for themselves. Good book.Published 19 months ago by reikichick123
Excellent and witty introduction to those interested in urban exploration -- highly recommended both for the techniques and philosophy espoused by the author.Published 19 months ago by Ex Machina
This book is much more than just a guide to urban exploration. It's got a lot of great moral and ethics ideas. Life changing book right herePublished 20 months ago by Mason Johnson
I've always been interested in Urban exploration and the author was a superb writer and very witty. A great readPublished 20 months ago by K. C. Vecsey