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The World's Weirdest Places Paperback – September 21, 2012
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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.Read more ›
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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Good book. Redfern's writing style if quirky. The only complaint I had was I wish there was more. But cool book overall.Published 29 days ago by Pam m
Nick Redfern is a prolific and popular writer on anomalous phenomena, and I generally enjoy his books. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Dr Peter A. McCue
A lot of re-hash of some of his previous books - I found myself thinking "Have I read this book before? Read morePublished 5 months ago by Charles
This is a pretty good book. I would have given it a five but i've heard some of the stories many times before.Published 7 months ago by Dennis R. Brannon
Good reading by Redfern. Always enjoy his books. Interesting and hard to put down. Most of his books are well written.Published 14 months ago by Patti West-Truby