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Nick Redfern is an author, lecturer, and journalist who writes about a wide range of unsolved mysteries, including Bigfoot, UFOs, the Loch Ness monster, alien encounters, and government conspiracies. His previous books include The Pyramids and the Pentagon; Keep Out!; The Real Men in Black; The NASA Conspiracies; Contactees; and Memoirs of a Monster Hunter, all published by New Page Books. He writes for many publications, including UFO Magazine, Fate, and Fortean Times, and has appeared on numerous television shows, including the History Channel's Ancient Aliens,Monster Quest, and UFO Hunters; National Geographic Channel's The Truth about UFOs, and Paranatural; and SyFy Channel's Proof Positive. He can be contacted at nickredfernsbooks.blogspot.com.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: New Page Books; 1 edition (September 21, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1601632371
  • ISBN-13: 978-1601632371
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,019,942 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Bonnie Neely on September 5, 2012
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The World's Weirdest Places by Nick Redfern is a book I could hardly put down! It is very readable and each chapter takes a different kind of weird place and describes it. The stories and tales of aliens, UFO's, ghosts, etc. are fascinating, and he tells several about each place, as well as giving the location and some of the history of what has happened there. If you are a thrill seeker, you can use his Index to plan your next exciting trip! If you are a timid traveler, use this book to see the places to avoid, even if you have to take circuitous routes (like some of the planes and ships that decide to by-pass the Bermuda Triangle...one of his first chapters!) I like to read about weird places and occurances, but I never knew there are so many in the world. He has 25 intriguing chapters about places around the world (and some near YOU!) A FUN READ!
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Nick Redfern fans won't be disappointed with this latest work from an author who has established himself as a capable researcher, free thinker, and good writer. His books are always a good read. It helps that he covers "Who woulda thunk?" subjects, but I think more than anything it's the way he writes about those things. I enjoyed this book, just as I have enjoyed reading his other books.

In The World's Weirdest Places, Redfern discusses 25 locales that have something positively weird about them. Some of these places are famous for one thing that's weird, but that's only part of the story. For example, the New York City subway (alligators) and Loch Ness (the Loch Ness monster). But they are weird for reasons beyond those famous examples. If you took away the alligators and the Loch Ness monster, the New York City subway and Loch Ness would still be very weird places.

Some of these places are ones with which I had no previous association with weirdness. I think each reader will find several such examples. Most Americans will probably have to include Bhangarh, India. I had never heard of the place before, but it is truly weird!

This book consist of 25 chapters, spread across 186 pages. Each chapter is devoted to a different weird locale. There's also a conclusion, in which Redfern offers a possible explanation for all this. The book is also indexed, which is helpful for those using it as a reference text. The bibliography runs 15 pages long, which is about on par for a Redfern work. I really can't comment on the veracity of the sources. But I can say where Redfern presented information on something I already knew about, he made no errors of fact. I've now read several Redfern books and have yet to find an error of fact.
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I bought this book and thought that it would be a bunch of mini point pleasants, this book while entertaing is more a collection of folktales rather than a serious report on High Strangeness. Worth reading just not worth buying new.
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I have read a number of Nick Redfern's books. Some are better than others. This one, however, is seriously disappointing.

First of all, if this limp list of the weirdest places in the world is genuinely his idea of the World's Weirdest Places, then Mr. Redfern clearly hasn't left his basement in a long, long time. Anybody who has had even a passing interest in the paranormal or the anomalous will have run across the stories told here in a dozen different books already. Not a single one of them covered new, unexplored territory.

However, that might not have been so bad, if he had at least actually traveled to these locations and dug up some fresh information, or *recent* information, or conducted an interesting witness interview, or even just shared the latest thinking on the causes, effects, or significance of the mysterious events that make these places famous. But no such luck.

A single glance at the index confirms the worst - every single reference in the book was taken from a website. This is what the book is - a collection of stories from the web that required the author have 2 things: an Internet connection, and a pressing debt that forced him to get something (anything) to his publishers in the least amount of time possible. If he had been further required to have narrative skill, or even a decent editor, all might yet have been forgiven, but sadly, the book is so poorly written that it finally became nearly impossible to read without extreme aggravation. Typos, grammatical errors, excessive and unnecessary punctuation, pet adjectives and phrases repeated ad nauseum could (possibly) be overlooked if the information being presented was fresh and thought-provoking. As it is, you will be tempted long before the end to use this waste of trees as kindling.

Save yourselves money. If you are interested in this topic, then you can go to all the websites the author did and read to your heart's content. It won't cost you a dime.
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Nick Redfern delivers a list of 25 weirdest places across the globe, qualified not by a single outstanding unusual paranormal feature, but by a variety. Even Loch Ness has its ghost stories and mysterious creatures other than Nessie. Redfern deliberately leaves out a few sites like Stonehenge and Giza due to overexposure. Although there is a bibliography, he doesn't overdo it...some of the folklore is pretty shaky, at best. Expect Bigfoot variants, mysterious black panthers, UFOs, ghost stories, and more... all entertaining. With photos. Recommended.
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