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Weird Tennessee: Your Travel Guide to Tennessee's Local Legends and Best Kept Secrets Hardcover – May 3, 2011
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That being said, the book was not without its problems. There is a fairly significant amount of typos throughout the book and the author is very fond of using bad puns. Maybe the worst feature was the use of letters and emails sent in to the editors at Weird U.S. Most of these "reader letters" were dumb, uninteresting, and did not add anything to what the author had just said.
Despite its problems, I still think this is great book. You will not find a better collection of Tennessee's legends and folklore anywhere else or as nicely put together as this book.
I will say upfront I did not enjoy the book as much as I did Weird Kentucky or many of the other Weird US books. There is plenty here to enjoy but most of it lacks the punch of many of the other books. I thought it might be me becoming jaded but I also picked up Weird New York with Weird Tennessee and greatly enjoyed Weird NY.
That's not to say that Weird Tennessee wasn't enjoyable. There are plenty of weird and odd tales just as I would expect from the Weird US series. However, the ghost story section did seem slightly bland this time around as did the abandoned areas (sharply contrasting the awesome similar sections contained in the aforementioned volumes). It's as though a lot of the book was spent on researching the Bell Witch Legend (Which receives over 4 pages which is a lot for the Weird US series) and not much else. The ghost tales are good but not great and seem to suffer from a lack of investigation or research.
The rest of the book is spot on to what one would expect from the Weird US series. Odd roadside attractions, spooky roads, strange occurrences and more fill the pages with fun topics to talk about and possibly visit. It's a nice addition to the collection if you like the Weird US series, are a resident, or even if you just want to visit Tennessee's less than well know side. It's fun and I would recommend it to anyone.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love this book! The whole series I've read has been interesting.Published 13 months ago by Amy Saucier
Gifted this to my wife who, after opening, didn't put it down for about 5 hours. Recommended for any fan of Tennessee!Published 20 months ago by Robert Saucier