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Files from the Edge: A Paranormal Investigator's Explorations into High Strangeness Paperback – April 8, 2010
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The writing style is clear, friendly, accessible and often quite captivating. The author has tried to remain objective throughout and, as a result, the book often takes on the flavour of an authoritative scientific report. On the down side, the text is plagued with many editorial errors. This book can be enjoyed by anyone who enjoys stories about ghosts, aliens, monsters and other spooky paranormal phenomena.
What Imbrogno does here is wind his own personal thread around cases he's investigated but been unable to explain over the years. And boy, does it cover a lot of ground. There are UFOs here, of course, but also Sasquatch, shadow people, and just plain High Strangeness.
His writing is clear, precise, and easy to read. The book doesn't suffer from the two most common issues with these books--overly simple or (on the other side of the equation) complex writing and/or an over-reliance on FOAF (Friend of a Friend) or "there was this guy" tales. He lets many of his subjects tell of their experiences in their own words, and then adds his thoughts or analysis. This approach both keeps the book conversational and distances it from the campfire-story spooky narrative that these books sometimes fall prey to.
Overall, this is a terrific book for those with even casual interest in the paranormal. I was often reminded of John Keel's writing ( The Mothman Prophecies). It's clear, concise, and considered without being overly incredulous or close-minded. Imbrogno walks the line between Open-minded Skeptic and True Believer very well, and I'm looking forward to reading more of his work.
The following was taken from his co-author Rosemary Ellen Guiley's website [...]
"Imbrogno's portion of the completed manuscript contained outright fabrications and potential copyright violations (plagiarism), especially pertaining to his "science"."
The publishing world appears to be in the midst of a fortean revival from a wide variety of sources- crypto-zoology, UFO's, ghosts, and other anomalies that continue to intrude into consensus reality. The continuing popularity of 'Fortean Times' and 'Fate' magazine and various paranormal programs on TV demonstrates the public knows this world is far stranger than anyone can imagine. Mr. Imbrogno provides new cases and observations in a crisp and direct reporting style that leaves the reader anxious to turn the next page. I look forward to reading his other works as well as future offerings. Highly recommended for all fans of the paranormal.
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Got 90% of the way through the book, all the while thinking this guy was a legit scientist who had seen everything from UFOs and psychokinesis to Asian Bigfoot and Ascended... Read morePublished 8 days ago by Paul Johnson
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Some of the other reviewers seem to think they've read cases like these in UFO publications. I've followed the field for sometime, and the cases are original to the author. Read morePublished 22 months ago by J. Taylor
I have several Imbrogno books, Philip never disappoints. This is a great addition to my "woo woo" library! Not just UFOs but covers many paranormal subjects.Published 23 months ago by NHBunion
I could not put this book down. I read the entire book the very day it arrived. Buy it, You will love it. All of Philip Imbrogno's books are excellent.Published on February 18, 2014 by M. Stewart
Way cool. I want to go and experience the NY mounds, but am a bit concerned about freaky Djin shadow people following me home and messing with me for the rest of time.Published on June 26, 2013 by ronald kern
How is it possible that an MIT graduate with at least one graduate degree, studying the paranormal and employed as a "science educator" doesn't know whether "phenomenon" is... Read morePublished on May 6, 2012 by Jed Verity