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Strange State: Mysteries and Legends of Oklahoma. Paperback – August 13, 2011
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So I have three basic issues with this book. The first being the author didn't do his homework with regard to the whole "voodoo" nonsense. The second being that the author did not flesh out the stories. The final criticism I have is that the author pursued a skeptical or debunking approach to several legends. As far as I can tell that was not the purpose of the book but simply something the author chose to do. I think it was a poor decision and a good editor may have been able to tell him that it didn't quite fit. It is possible to write on local folklore and legends while not presenting yourself as a believer or a debunker. I think the author should strive for this in any future writings. I also think the author should try to use more descriptive or even "poetic" or "flowery" language to attempt to set the tone. The tone of this book was very straight-forward and dry. That doesn't make good storytelling. When you recount folklore you need to write it as if you were telling a story to a group of people and you need to set the tone and invoke that feeling of mystery, awe, and even fright. All of that good stuff was missing.
"UFOs, bigfoot, ghosts, buried treasure, mysterious places...you'l find all of these and more within this strange state."
Strange State presents a thoroughly researched and well-written account of paranormal phenomena in occuring in Oklahoma. Hudson's clear and concise style conveys the legends and mysteries of Oklahoma in an engaging manner, with a judicious dash of humor thrown in for spice. This book will provide hours of enlightenment and entertainment to anyone looking to find out more about the darker underbelly of the Sooner State.
Hudson respects the topics of the search - keeps a true investigators open mind - but does apply logic to each topic.
A must have and a breath of fresh air to books of this nature.