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4.0 out of 5 stars Carlsberg's second book hits the jackpot with high artistic production values but is light on deeper content, 21 Nov 2011
The Guardian (UK) - See all my reviews
This review is from: The Art of Close Encounters (Paperback)
Kim Carlsberg's first book, `Beyond my wildest Dreams' was published in 1995 and explored her own experiences as an `alien abductee'. It was a gem of autobiographical abductee confessional literature and in every way excellent; an engrossing narrative rare in a field crowded with such efforts where intelligent, engaging and grounded perspectives are a rarity rather than the rule.

BMWD was also lavishly illustrated by Darryl Anka, mostly in full-page color with intelligence, poignancy and wit. The illustrations brought to life Carlsberg's thoughtful and easy-read text to perfection, making the book a special experience for the reader.

Now, 16 years on we have a new book carrying Kim Carlsberg's name: `The Art of Close Encounters.' This is a big 25cm x 21cm landscape format (hardcover and paperback versions both available) volume running to 350 pages and with very high production values, best described as a `coffee table book'. The encounter stories of many other experiencers are related in small vignettes, usually on the left side of the page, with a high-quality, full-color art illustration on the right hand page. Contributors include Mike Bird, Derrell Sims (author of `The Alien Hunter' and long-time associate of Dr. Roger Leir's project to surgically remove `implants' from the bodies of abductees), Melinda Leslie and several dozen others. All the text and imagery is printed on thick, high-quality black glossy paper and subjects of the illustrations range from portraits of non-human entities through exotic craft reported by contributors, to encounter scenarios and various related artistic abstractions.

The book is unusual and very striking as an artefact; a quality piece of work. Due to its substantial physical size, it probably won't work well as a kindle download. Unfortunately proofreading has not been exemplary and the text contains several typos, though not too many to detract from the overall package. Be cautioned that Carlsberg's editing of the stories has a light touch, so often the more `new-agey' perspectives of contributors (i.e. people who think they are ET-alien hybrids or that they channel messages from benign `space brothers') comes through strongly.

TAoCE is cover-endorsed by Dr. Leo Sprinkle (one of the very first pioneering abduction researchers from the 1960s), by George Noory of C2C am and by Stephen Bassett, the vocal and tireless advocate for `government disclosure.' Overall it's good, interesting and unusual - but stops short of the high standards of thoughtfulness and intellectual rigor achieved by her first book BMWD, which unlike this more lavish publication, I could recommend unconditionally as a deep and profound insight into this phenomenon.
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