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Light, easy reading
on 15 January 2016
Having read one of the earlier reviews, I have to say, I got a different take on this book. I thought it was a pretty "down the middle" piece writing (as these things go), with references, of these types of eye-witness reports-based stories.
It also contains some rather incongruous additions (I thought the whole sections on "Inexplicable Astronomy" and "Panic and Paranoia", were out of place in this book ) and his overall style is quite soft (Scientology gets a bit of an easy ride from him).
Also, the small number of famous people cited who have claimed paranormal experiences, is a bit out of place too. You could, literally, write an encyclopaedia, given the sheer number of celebrities who have claimed alien contacts, ESP, visions and "previous lives" (which usually seem to involve having been someone quite historically important or interesting.....never a poor farmer in prehistoric Europe, or a goat herd in Asia. Funny that). Come to think of it, someone should write that book!!
The maritime section, for me, is the most interesting and the area with which I was least acquainted.
Overall, I thought it was stylistically, easy reading, non-controversial and lacking in the hyperbole often associated with writings on these types of topics. Yes it is light on detail, but it certainly is a chunky book!
Oh and Al-khalili, didn't have to eat his boxer shorts live on TV, after all!