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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Schiffer Publishing Ltd (US) (1 Feb. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764328956
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764328954
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 15.2 x 23.5 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,353,629 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Don't blame the author! 13 July 2012
By Azrael - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I bought this book because I read all of Hans Holzer's books long ago and I respected him as a pioneer in his field. Since he never wrote much about himself in his books, I wanted to know more.

I am a professional editor of scholarly books and fiction, and I would like everyone to know that it is the publisher's responsibility to clean up any errors in grammar, spelling, and logic. It is also up to the publisher to suggest revisions when some of the material in the manuscript is irrelevant or uninteresting. I do agree that some of the content was tangential to the subject, but the real problem with the book was that it was obviously not edited or even spell checked! Writers are not expected to be experts on the English language or even on word processing. Alexandra's publisher did the Holzer family a terrible disservice by producing a book containing errors so egregious that poor Hans must be turning over in his grave.

Ms. Holzer, if you happen to read this review, I would like to thank you for telling us what your father was like and how he lived his life when he wasn't ghost hunting. The sections about Hans were fascinating and I am so glad you decided to write about him. However, you and your family deserve better. I would be happy to edit this book for you in a professional manner so you can publish a revised and improved second edition that will present your family and your father's work in the respectable way they deserve.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Thank you, Alexandra! 16 Sept. 2008
By B. L. Rowe - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
For many years we have wondered about Hans Holzer. Who was he, the initial paranormal investigator before all others came along. Thanks to his daughter, Alexandra, we now have been given insight into Holzer and his family life. Alexandra gives a clear and concise portrait of her parents, including her mother's decent from royalty, and we are privileged that she has chosen to share her family history with us. A gifted spiritualist in her own right, Alexandra, understood the need for fans of Dr. Holzer to know more about him. Look for her star to rise in the paranormal investigative field because she is chock full of knowledge and spirit. This book was a gift to readers, very well-thought out with deep insight and emotional charge flavoring a childhood quite often very different than one might expect to have. Thank you, Alexandra, for allowing us to get to know you and your family. Your story is both touching and enlightening. The book was terrific and I enjoyed it immensely.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Alexandra Holzer - Growing Up Haunted, A Ghostly Memoir 13 July 2009
By Keith E. Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
As someone who also "grew up haunted" and who was captivated by the works and research of the famed Hans Holzer from a young age, I found Alexandra's book a fascinating read!! In her personable writing style, what Alexandra does in her "ghostly memoir" is to invite the reader to explore along with her the heretofore little known facts of her fascinating family, and what it was like growing up as the daughter of one of the most famous pioneers of paranormal investigation. While reading this, I actually felt as if I was sitting with Alexandra in a dimly-lit parlor in a casual atmosphere, enjoying refreshments, and that she was flipping through her family archives and personally sharing these stories with me. The reader is truly drawn in, and may often lose all track of time while reading this. Great job Alexandra!!
7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
By Vicky Cooper - Published on Amazon.com
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I was looking forward to reading this book not because I like Hans Holzer because tho I have read most of his books I don't like his style very much. On the other hand his daughter has a great style of writing and is very down to earth with her story the problem is there isn't much in the book that is interesting to the normal reader unless you were family. I didn't care for the family history info that went on and on. Also it seems Mr. Holzer didn't let his daughter in on alot of his goings on or it may have been a really great book. She was always left in the dark being young. I was looking for the haunted house she lived in but there wasn't hardly anything said about that either. I really ended up flipping thru the book trying to find something to read. I also did feel very sorry for her and her sister that she had such a self centered mother and I think that really showed up in the last pages that she discibes why she did what she did and how talented she is. Sorry no cigar on this one.
7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
I have never seen anything so poorly written actually get to publication. 16 Sept. 2008
By K. Cerridwen - Published on Amazon.com
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I really wanted to read this book. Somewhere in this book there is probably a fascinating story if you can get through the incredibly bad sentence structure, horrible punctuation, and bipolar writing style. I've picked it up and tried to read it a few times, but it's such a badly written piece of work that I just can't- so I give up! It is clear that the author never put this work in front of an editor, and because of this her story and that of her father will go untold to many people who might have enjoyed it.
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