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Ghosts of Hollywood III Paperback – February 1, 2009
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On to the meat. Whether you love this book or not depends on your level of skepticism. If you easily believe everything you hear, fine. Someone who is a believer but still very skeptical will find it aggravating. There are a few tales from homeowners and witnesses, but too much is about the author and one or another psychic buddy walking around places, getting vibes. Naturally the "angry male presence" is detected, along with other very vague and trite feelings. If a psychic gives descriptions and names/dates without knowing, that's one thing. I just don't care to read about a person getting a very general or vague "feeling" about a place. Absolutely anyone can say that. The author somehow wrangled an interview with Leeza Gibbons and, upon hearing employees say the offices were "weird," she brought along a psychic. I don't have to tell what happened. You and Miss Medium don't blow a chance at publicity like that without picking up SOME spirit! Buster Keaton's mansion is mentioned, the one he "lovingly built" according to the writer, who didn't read up on him. He really didn't care for building that place at all. After many paragraphs detailing the Villa's history, the last sentence or two is about goings-on in the house. This is typical of the book. You'll grit your teeth at the "story" on Ernie Kovacs. Coincidentally, I had just read up on him at Wikipedia. What do I find on the whole Kovacs haunting? Tidbits straight from Wikipedia, right down to Edie's call to the police and Jack Lemmon claiming the body, worded differently of course. They might not be great at grammar but they do know about plagiarism. The hijacked story builds up to...nothing. It concludes with the author saying that she bets Ernie plays jokes on people, knowing his sense of humor. ??? No incidents, nada. This is supposed to be about hauntings, hopefully documented, but in this case it's just another book of Hollywood death tales.
Don't know if this is the same Schiffer that makes those great art and collectible books, but whoever it is should fire their editor.