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    Good Omens
    by Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Mass Market Paperback (01 May, 1996)
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    Pratchett (of Discworld fame) and Gaiman (of Sandman fame) may seem an unlikely combination, but the topic (Armageddon) of this fast-paced novel is old hat to both. Pratchett's wackiness collaborates with Gaiman's morbid humor; the result is a humanist delight to be savored and reread again and again.You see, there was a bit of a mixup when the Antichrist was born, due in part to the machinations of Crowley, who did not so much fall as saunterdownwards, and in part to the mysterious ways as manifested in the form of a part-time rare book dealer, an angel named Aziraphale.Like top agents everywhere, they've long had more in common with each other than the sides they represent, or the conflict they are nominally engaged in.The only personwho knows how it will all end is Agnes Nutter, a witch whoseprophecies all come true, if one can only manage to decipher them. The minor characters along the way (Famine makes an appearance as diet crazes, no-calorie food and anorexia epidemics) are as much fun as the story as a whole, which adds up to one of those rare books which is enormous fun to readthe first time, and the second time, and the third time... ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Don't laugh, the Apocalypse is coming...

    This story succeeds at being charming, funny, exciting, and outrageous all at once.The action is silly and light-hearted at times, but the characters are compelling.While you're laughing, you will really care about these folks - from Crowly, the well-meaning fallen angel, to Anathema Device, the aspiring witch and Newton Pulsiver, the aspiring witchfinder, and last but not least, Adam (the Antichrist) and his dog, Dog.

    Definitely recommended...

    5-0 out of 5 stars really funny
    when i first read the back of the book it said this was a really funny book about the end of the world.I thought yea right! but i had some extra cash an i bought it anyway.an hour later i really was laughing out loud at this one.if you're feelin down an need a laugh this is for you.

    5-0 out of 5 stars the funny side of the end of the world
    A good read - with little pearls of puns and lots of tongue in the cheek humour. loved it - it is nice to see that humans have a stabilizing influence,,, ... Read more

    Isbn: 0441003257
    Subjects:  1. Fantasy - General    2. Fiction - Fantasy    3. Science Fiction   


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    Dr. Seuss Goes to War: The World War II Editorial Cartoons of Theodor Seuss Geisel
    by Richard H. Minear, Theodor Seuss Geisel, Dr. Seuss, Art Spigelman
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Hardcover (October, 1999)
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    Before Yertle, before the Cat in the Hat, before Little Cindy-Lou Who (but afterMulberry Street),Dr. Seuss (Theodor Geisel) made his living as a political cartoonist for New York newspaper PM. Seuss drew over 400 cartoons in just under two years for the paper, reflecting the daily's New Deal liberal slant. Starting in early 1941, when PM advocated American involvement in World War II, Seuss savaged the fascists with cunning caricatures. He also turned his pen against America's internal enemies--isolationists, hoarders, complainers, anti-Semites, and anti-black racists--and urged Americans to work together to win the war. The cartoons are often funny, peopled with bowler-hatted "everymen" and what author Art Spiegelman calls "Seussian fauna" in his preface. They are also often very disturbing--Seuss draws brutally racist images of the Japanese and even attacks Japanese Americans on numerous occasions. Perhaps most disturbing is the realization that Seuss was just reflecting the wartime zeitgeist.

    Dr. Seuss Goes to War marks the first time most of these illustrations have appeared in print since they were first published.Richard H. Minear's introduction and explanatory chapters contextualize the 200 editorial cartoons (some of whose nuances might otherwise be lost on the modern reader). Those who grew up on Seuss will enjoy early glimpses of his later work; history buffs will enjoy this new--if playful and contorted--angle on World War II. --Sunny Delaney ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars The great Doctor as political commentator!
    Anyone who has read Dr. Seuss (and, honestly, who hasn't?) knows that his books include a great deal of political and/or social commentary disguised as children's stories.What many people don't know is that Dr. Suess started as an advertising copy writer and, early in World War II, worked as an editorial cartoonist.

    This is a collection of some of his best editorial cartoons from that period, together with a detail commentary that helps to place them in their historical context.These cartoons show that Dr. Seuss was bitterly opposed to isolationism, and was clearly way ahead of his time with respect to civil rights.Ironically, however, he demonstrates a distinct bias against the Japanese that almost feels racist.

    This is a facinating glimpse into a largely overlooked chapter of a celebrated artist's career, and should be required reading for anyone who wants a better understanding of Dr. Seuss, the man.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Oh the Drawings He Drew
    Dr. Seuss Goes to War is a fascinating look at the political cartoons of Theodor Geisel, (Dr.Seuss).Seuss was hired to draw political cartoons for the New York newspaper PM in 1941 and remained through 1943.Seuss had already published his first children's book, To Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street in 1937 but his other children's works were not created until after WWII.

    Two hundred of those roughly four hundred cartoons have found their way into Dr. Seuss Goes to War.Because these cartoons were drawn on a daily basis and reflected contemporary events they provide the reader with a fascinating window through which one can view life in America and the World during the war years.

    The book begins with a brief introduction by Art Spiegelman, the Pulitzer Prize winning author/illustrator of Maus.Spiegelman notes the eerie resemblance between the figures and animals drawn by Seuss and his later creations such as the Cat in the Hat, Myrtle the Turtle, and Horton.

    The cartoons themselves are divided into sections by topic, (the Home Front, Hitler & Nazi Germany, the Rest of the Word, etc.).Each section contains a very well written and thoughtful preface by historian Richard Minear.These explanatory sections are quite helpful in putting the cartoons into the context of the day and providing critical information about some of the then well known figures of the day (Father Coughlin, Pierre Laval and others) that may be unfamiliar to contemporary readers.Minear's commentary is particularly useful because it contains links between the information he provides by reference to the specific page number of a cartoon.The reader's enjoyment and understanding of the cartoon is enhancement by this treatment.

    As to the cartoons themselves, it is impossible to do justice to their power, wit, and whimsy.Seuss, and his newspaper PM, were strongly opposed to the isolationist movement in the U.S. in the months before America's entry into the war.As such Seuss pulled no punches when it came to directing his wrath at Charles Lindbergh and other isolationists.He mocked Hitler, Mussolini, Tojo, and Stalin (until the German attack on the USSR) and the Vichy French government. Seuss' treatment of the Vichy regime, most notably Pierre Laval, was positively brutal.

    Minear also includes a number of Seuss' cartoons attacking anti-Semitism and other racist, segregationist policies on the home front.In this area Seuss was well ahead of his time.Minear counterbalances this aspect of Seuss' world view by including Seuss cartoons lampooning Tojo, the Japanese military, and the Japanese people.Minear is quick to point out his disappointment at what he calls Seuss's ugly stereotyping of Japanese-Americans that he thought went beyond the bounds of acceptable commentary, even in the 1940s.Minear's disappointment is heightened by Seuss' otherwise enlightened approach to the treatment of Jewish and African Americans in the 1930s and 1940s.
    On a purely emotional level, anyone who has ever read Dr. Seuss will enjoy looking at his political cartoons.The cartoons are both funny and thought provoking.The essence of Seuss's style of caricatures is fully in place and it is quite easy to see the physical similarity between the animals and people drawn by Seuss here and in his later children's works.This is a book that can be enjoyed by anyone who has ever read Dr. Seuss as a child.It will also be enjoyed by anyone with an interest in political cartoons or would like to explore how America viewed the world (through Seuss' eyes) between 1941 and 1943.

    5-0 out of 5 stars SKETCH THIS ONE A WINNER! EVEN WITHOUT THE GREEN EGGS ...
    Theodor Geisel gone political? That's right. The man responsible for "Green Eggs and Ham" and "The Cat in the Hat" and "The Grinch Who Stole Christmas" has a serious side: He repeatedly vilified Hitler and the Nazi threat in a series of political cartoons he penned in the '40s for the popular, liberal New York newspaper "PM." Author and historian Richard Minear has amassed nearly 200 of these imaginative illustrations in this important book --- illustrations that urge Americans to fight Hitler, buy U.S. bonds, help control inflation and support the war effort. The enemies are clear: Hitler, Stalin, Mussolini, Japan. Seuss' work is sharply critical of anti--Semitism and anti-Black racism, yet the images are shockingly and undeniably racist in their portrayal of Japanese Americans. (Remember the time frame --- 1941-1942 --- and American opinion at the time.) Sketch this one a winner. ... Read more

    Isbn: 156584565X
    Subjects:  1. American wit and humor, Pictorial    2. Caricatures and cartoons    3. Cartoons and caricatures    4. Comics & Cartoons    5. Graphic Satire And Humor    6. History    7. History: American    8. Humor    9. Military - World War II    10. Techniques - Cartooning    11. Topic - Political    12. U.S. History - World War II (Domestic Aspects)    13. United States - 20th Century    14. World War, 1939-1945   


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    The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure (The 'Good Parts' Version)
    by William Goldman
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Hardcover (17 November, 1998)
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    The Princess Bride is a true fantasy classic.William Goldman describes it as a "good parts version" of "S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure."Morgenstern's original was filled with details of Florinese history, court etiquette, and Mrs. Morgenstern's mostly complimentary views of the text.Much admired by academics, the "Classic Tale" nonetheless obscured what Mr. Goldman feels is a story that has everything: "Fencing.Fighting. Torture.Poison.True love.Hate.Revenge.Giants.Hunters.Bad men.Good men.Beautifulest ladies.Snakes.Spiders.Beasts of all natures and descriptions.Pain.Death.Brave men.Coward men. Strongest men.Chases.Escapes.Lies.Truths.Passion. Miracles."

    Goldman frames the fairy tale with an "autobiographical" story: his father, who came from Florin, abridged the book as he read it to his son.Now, Goldman is publishing an abridged version, interspersed with comments on the parts he cut out.

    Is The Princess Bride a critique of classics like Ivanhoe and The Three Musketeers, that smother a ripping yarn under elaborate prose?A wry look at the differences between fairy tales and real life?Simply a funny, frenetic adventure?No matter how you read it, you'll put it on your "keeper" shelf. --Nona Vero ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Will make you smile until it hurts
    I bought this book a day ago, and read it from cover to cover without stopping. This is probably the most charming book that I have read. Get a copy, and read it to someone you love.

    4-0 out of 5 stars The perfect book which gave birth to the perfect movie.
    I have no problem admiting that "The Princess Bride" is my favorite movie of all time. I was a little skepticle about reading the book because I didn't want to ruin my love for the movie. Boy, was I ever wrong.
    This book is just what the doctor ordered for any fan of the movie. It has all of the character background information that the movie lacks, not to mention continuing past the end of the movie....until the birth of Buttercup's Baby. It is true that the book is much darker than the movie (i.e. Pit of Dispare = Zoo of Death), but it's not distasteful. After finishing the book, I put it away with a new love for the story, but I did not loose any love for the movie since it is so different in mood and detail that the book.
    I have read the book a few times now and every time I do, I then immediately watch the movie with equal zest. The book is a fabulous read for anyone with a passion for a great story.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Witty and charming
    This is one of those other little gems that slipped under the radar when I was growing up.Once again, I remember the movie, but never knew that it had come from a book first.I must have seen the film a hundred times (thanks to USA network, TNT and the like).However, it wasn't until a few weeks ago, that I actually seeked it out in its true form, almost 15 years later.

    What I was amazed with, was the faithfulness of the film to the text.They were almost dead on, with all the scenes, and especially the dialogue.Some things, as normal, were altered a bit or changed, but for the most part, what you see in the film (minus extra exposition and some character development) is what you read in the book.

    It is a good read, filled with great dialogue and wittiness.Yet at the same time, some of the authors "intrusion" into the text can be a little distracting at times.And at others, it is neat to hear him talk about how certain ideas came about, that directly affected the "film" version. Now that i've read it, when I view the film, I can honestly say they were dead-on with the casting.The personalities they picked, were excellent.

    If you are interested in going a bit beyond the movie, and seeing some extra info about Buttercup and Wesley, its a great little read (depending on what edition you get).And you can really see, just how honest/faithful they were, and careful, when bringing it to the big sreen. . .years ago. ... Read more

    Isbn: 034543014X
    Subjects:  1. Action & Adventure    2. Adventure stories    3. Fantasy - Historical    4. Fantasy fiction    5. Fiction    6. Fiction - Fantasy    7. Goldman, William - Prose & Criticism    8. Love stories    9. Romance - Fantasy    10. Fiction / Fantasy / General   


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    The Dictionary of Imaginary Places: The Newly Updated and Expanded Classic
    by Alberto Manguel
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (02 November, 2000)
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    Like an ordinary geographical dictionary, The Dictionary of Imaginary Places contains alphabetically organized entries for more than a thousand locales. In this case, however, the locales in question are far from ordinary--they range from the orc-ridden wastes of Tolkien's Middle-earth to the languorous shores of Homer's Island of the Lotus-Eaters. Though for the most part these fantastical lands are mapped and chronicled with straight-faced seriousness, the encyclopedia is not without a certain deadpan wit. For example, the entry for Oz describes "a large rectangular country divided into four small countries.... As a famous visitor once remarked, Oz is not Kansas." This handsome and whimsically charming book, adorned with fanciful line drawings and maps, is rich with enough fictive detail to please the most inveterate reader. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars More then I bargained for!
    I bought this book because I was intriqued by the concept.A book that catalogs all of the places mentioned in other books.What I got completely amazed me.Not only were the places cataloged and indexed by book and by place, but the descriptions were long, even better they included maps.

    The people who put together this book understood that the reason people would buy the book was not because they were looking for a one line definition but because they were looking for information about the places themselves.For example, for the definition of the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, it would have been easy to write a one line definition stating that this was the school that Harry Potter attended in the Harry Potter series.Instead the book has a definition several pages long including a drawing and also explains everything that has so far been written about the school including the moving staircases and the portraits on the walls.That is just the beginning thousands of places are included in the book, and all are given as much attention in their descriptions as the authors took to explain the locations in the original works of literature.

    So enjoy this book, it will make you want to read about places to help you to figure out if you want to read the books that created them.

    4-0 out of 5 stars An excellent reference book!!!!
    I like the book.
    I got the earlier edition(1980) and the recent update(2002).
    However, the authors have missed some places. Back in
    1996 I wrote to them suggesting these places. I got a
    response unfortunalely none were added. :(
    I hope when they do another update they will include the
    following places of "Imaginary Places"...

    "Hill Valley, California"
    -From the "Back To The Future" movies-

    "Toontown"
    -A suberb of Los Angeles, California from the movie
    "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?"

    "The Hundred Acre Woods"
    -Where the famous Winnie The Pooh, his pal Piglet, Eeyore,
    Tigger, Owl, Christopler Robin live. From A.A. Milne book series
    of "Winnie The Pooh".

    "Mayberry, North Carolina"
    -Small town of 2000 where Sheriff Andy Taylor, Barney Fife,
    Aunt Bea, Goober and Gomer Pyle live. From TV series "The
    Andy Griffith Show" & "Gomer Pyle, USMC".

    "Sweethaven"
    -Small sea fishing town on New England area of U.S.A. Where

    Popeye The Sailor, Olive Oyl, Whimpy, Bluto, ect. live. From
    comic strip "Popeye" by E.G. Seegar.

    "Gotham City"
    -Large U.S. city where the crime fighter "Batman" resides.
    From the comic book series of "Batman".

    "Metropolis & Smallville"
    -From the "Superman" comic book series.

    "Hooterville"
    -Small farming community from the television series of
    "Green Acres" and "Petticoat Junction".

    "Luft Stalag 13"
    -A German prisoner of war camp outside of Hamburg, Germany.
    Where Col. Wilhelm Klink, Col. Robert Hogan, Sargent Hans
    Schultz was during WW2. From TV series "Hogan's Heroes".

    "Island"
    -Located about 200 miles south of Hawaii. Where crew & castaways
    of the S.S. Minnow are shipwrecked. From "Gilligan's Island"
    TV series.

    "Halloweentown" & "Christmastown"
    -From the movie "The Nightmare Before Christmas".

    To name a few which I hope will be added in an updated edition.

    5-0 out of 5 stars What a find!
    I purchased this book recently and now I can't put the book down.It has every wonderful imaginary world from ancient times to modern day (even Jurassic park!). It's the kind of book you can put down, come back to later and find a new gem to read. I wholeheartedly recommend this book for any fantasy reader or any literature lover, in general. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0156008726
    Subjects:  1. Dictionaries    2. Dictionaries - General    3. Fantasy - General    4. Fiction    5. Geographical myths    6. Imaginary places    7. Literature - Classics / Criticism    8. Literature: Classics    9. Reference    10. Science Fiction & Fantasy    11. Juvenile Fiction / Science Fiction, Fantasy, Magic   


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    Encyclopedia Of Witchcraft & Demonology
    by RUSSELL H. ROBBINS
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Hardcover (30 November, 1988)
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Rossell Hope Robbins goes to hell
    This scholarly study of Demonology is indispensable to anyone who needs an historical guide to Devils and their familiars-- imagined or otherwise.
    Stephen King marks this as one of his favorite references to writing believable horror fiction.
    Although considered dated by the spiritual Illuminati, this encyclopedia of damnation to a para-normal universe should be required reading to everyone who thinks supernatural evil is a hoax.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Voluminous But Dated Enclyclopedia of Horrors
    Rossell Hope Robbins massive 1959 work "Encyclopedia of Witchcraft and Demonology" has been reprinted many times but is currently out-of-print. It is indeed a fascinatingly horrible compenidum of information regarding witches, demons, devils, demonologists, inquisitors, judges, hysterias, torture, and murder.It has served for the past 40 odd years as one of the most read and referenced work on the history of witchcraft and demonology, especially by many popular witchcraft authors and historians who continue to use and cite the work today.

    The trouble is that much of the scholarship contatined in this work is sadly outdated and lacks information on much of the recent work done in the field of witchcraft studies in the past 20 years.Also, Robbins' work suffers from the same problem that afflicted many other similar early witchcraft histories:bad translations and historical forgeries.It has been shown that many of the early translations of a number of Latin works on witchcraft (particularly those translated by the Rev. Montague Summers) are suspect.Also, several 19th century histories of the witchcraze and the Inquisition that have been used as source material by countless authors, including Robbins, have been proven to be forgeries, particularly the works relating the early 14th century Inquisitorial witch executions in France.Robbins' work has also been criticized by scholars for its lack of objectivity in its history.But this work still remains popular today and understandably so, as it contains many lurid and engaging articles on just about every aspect of the witch hunts from the 15th to the 18th century in Europe and North America.Despite many of its flaws, it is still a useful reference and for that reason it still gets 3 stars, plus I must admit, it maintains some of the mysterious aura surrounding the history of witches and demons that much recent scholarship has tried to dispel, and that makes it fascinating reading, if for the wrong reasons.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A great reference library addition!
    I first stumbled onto this book when I needed reference material for a paper on witchcraft.I've gone back to re-reference this book too many times to count!It has information on almost every aspect of witchcraft and demonology; terrific for the beginner interested in this subject.You can feel the hopelessness of the accused; I felt very thankful to be living in this day and age.Highly recommended! ... Read more

    Isbn: 0517362457
    Sales Rank: 286360
    Subjects:  1. Demonology    2. Dictionaries    3. History    4. New Age    5. Sale Adult - Occult / Parapsychology    6. Witchcraft    7. Demonology & Satanism    8. Reference    9. Religion   


    Bettie Page: The Life of a Pin-Up Legend
    by Karen Essex, James L. Swanson, Bettie Page, General Pub Group
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Hardcover (01 February, 1996)
    list price: $40.00
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Bettie Page, the world's greatest pinup
    I bought this book for my husband's birthday last year; he has always thought Bettie Page was great, and he is the one who enlightened me about her.As an artist, I was drawn to her style and unpretentiousness, and have drawn her twice so far.

    This book is well-written and leads the reader through Bettie's life; from her start and to her present day in a respectful and fascinating manner.I came away from this book understnanding the appeal she had to men, and wanting to draw her portraits over and over.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Ultimate tribute and book on Bettie Page
    There was one another 50's icon who rivals Marilyn in popularity today--Bettie Page.True, she didn't make any A-movies, but like Marilyn, embodied that woman who drew a fine line between good girl/bad girl and crossed the lines as easily as one drank Coca-Cola.Unlike Marilyn, Bettie survived, but like Marilyn, her legend lives on for one simple reason:she dropped out of sight in 1957 following the fall of Irvin and Paula Klaw by the Kefauver Committee on indecency and pornography and refused to have herself be photographed as she is now.Thus, she is remembered as she was back then.And as her life has become simpler, she values her privacy.She says so as much in the hand-written foreword, at the same time surprised and honoured that so many people are interested in her.Karen Essex and James L. Swanson book is a great place to start for those curious about Bettie Page.Basically, it's a biography accompanied by lots and lots of colour and b&w photos, many of them topless.There are two of them which has her completely nude.She also posed for countless magazine covers and photographers.Art Amsie's photos are the best of the lot here.Bunny Yeager is touched on briefly, but that woman has a book on herself so...Looking at the early Bettie, before she became a pin-up from 1947, is also quite a revelation.She is still beautiful, but in an ordinary way, like a typical girl growing up in 1940's America.There is clearly a dualism going on here.There's the pretty wholesome girl in the bathing suit or maybe not, and then there's the darker leatherbound fetish girl, be she receiver or giver.That latter half led to her downfall.The point also was that she enjoyed her work, mainly the lighter beach stuff.You can see it in those twinkling eyes and smile of hers.The last section of the book features models who have been influenced by her, be they in clothes or just looking like her.Of the lookalikes, Eva Herzigova, Debi Mazar, and Janice Dickinson have got it down to the bangs, (it's the bangs that did it for Bettie, after all), long black hair, and prominent eyebrows.Apart from being one of fantasy artist Olivia's favourite subjects, Bettie's images appear on album covers by My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult and the David Lee Roth Band.Her three videos, Teaserama, where she acts opposite stripper legend Tempest Storm, Varietease, and Strip-O-Rama have come out.She'll live on, no doubt about it.Anyone interested in Bettie Page-start with this book.You won't be disappointed.

    5-0 out of 5 stars GREAT BOOK IN EVERY WAY
    This is the ultimate book on Bettie Page. This book is for every true Bettie fan.Even contains an introduction from Bettie herself.

    If you really want to follow the history of legend, this is the ultimate book on Betty Mae Page! ... Read more

    Isbn: 1881649628
    Sales Rank: 606518
    Subjects:  1. Biography    2. Biography / Autobiography    3. Biography/Autobiography    4. Historical - U.S.    5. Models (Persons)    6. Page, Bettie    7. United States    8. Women   


    A Wrinkle in Time
    by Madeleine L'Engle
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (11 May, 1998)
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    Everyone in town thinks Meg Murry is volatile and dull-witted, and that her younger brother, Charles Wallace, is dumb. People are also saying that their physicist father has run off and left their brilliant scientist mother.Spurred on by these rumors and an unearthly stranger, the tesseract-touting Mrs Whatsit, Meg and Charles Wallace and their new friend Calvin O'Keefe embark on a perilous quest through space to find their father. In doing so, they must travel behind the shadow of an evil power that is darkening the cosmos, one planet at a time. This is no superhero tale, nor is it science fiction, although it shares elements of both. The travelers must rely on their individual and collective strengths, delving deep within themselves to find answers.

    A well-loved classic and 1963 Newbery Medal winner, Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time is sophisticated in concept yet warm in tone, with mystery and love coursing through its pages. Meg's shattering, yet ultimately freeing, discovery that her father is not omnipotent provides a satisfying coming-of-age element. Readers will feel a sense of power as they travel with these three children, challenging concepts of time, space, and the triumph of good over evil. The companion books in the Time quartet, continuing the adventures of the Murry family, are A Wind in the Door; A Swiftly Tilting Planet, which won the American Book Award; and Many Waters. Every young reader should experience L'Engle's captivating, occasionally life-changing contributions to children's literature. (Ages 9 and older) --Emilie Coulter ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars The Tesser
    Have you ever had to fight a giant, repulsive, pulsing brain?Well, in "A Wrinkle in Time", by Madeline L'engle, Meg Murry, the oldest of four children, had to when she went to Camozots to save her father.

    Tessering is going into the fifth dimension. Meg's father tessered to the planet Camozots, and was captured by IT, a giant pulsing brain.Meg came to save her father from IT with the help of a friend, Calvin, and her brother Charles Wallace.Charles Wallace got controlled by IT, but Meg rescued her father.Meg also used the help from former "stars" called Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who, and Mrs. Which.

    Meg was a very interesting person who was very confident at times, but most of the time needed to hold someone's hand for reassurance. She was very focused on the goal of saving her father and once she accomplished that goal, her new goal was to save her brother, Charles Wallace from IT.

    This book is for everyone who likes adventure, sci-fi, and fantasy all put together.When I read the book, I had to finish in one day without putting it down.In the best parts, the action is prolonged, so that you can't put the book down.This book is one of the best sci-fi books of its kind!

    4-0 out of 5 stars A Wrinkle In time
    Title-A Wind in the Door
    Author- Madeline L' Engle

    Summery- Meg Murry and her brother Charles Wallace were downstairs one night for a midnight snack with their mom when there was an unexpected visitor in their mom's lab. Meg's father has disappeared mysteriously the month before and it was up to Meg, Charles Wallace and their friend Calvin to travel though space and time to rescue Meg's dad.

    Characters- The characters of this book are all very well developed. They are very smart and they use vocab that's not too hard tounderstand. Meg is the main character. She is the one in the story who has to take a lot of responsibility but she doesn't want it all. Charles Wallace is the youngest in the story and seems the smartest. He has a funny way of knowing if something is wrong with his sister or mother. Calvin is a friend of the Murrys who is popular unlike the Murry kids, but he likes the Murrys more. He comes to the Murry's house a lot because his mom is very mean to him whenever he is at home. Also because she won't let him in after a certain hour.

    Review- I think that this book is a great book. The book has wonderful details- they help you picture the scenes, characters, monsters etc. I think that on a scale from 1- 10 I would give this book a 9. This is because it didn't have all the action I liked. This book is a fantasy book.

    3-0 out of 5 stars A grown-up book with a child-like cover
    I read this book when I was 15.By this age I had read all of Micheal Crichton's books and Anne Rice's books up until that point in time.I didnt think I would have any trouble reading a book intended for middle school students.I understood the story fairly well, but I after I finished the book I felt confused and realized I did not truly understand the underlying premise for the story.So I did what all 15 year olds do and forgot about it.

    However now that I am 22, I found that the meaning of the book become clearer to me.I have also found that I like the book a whole lot better than I did when I was younger.It was more interesting and compelling even though I already knew what was going to happen.

    This book is like the "Chronicles of Narnia":you have to read it again as an adult to understand what you miss out on during your first reading as a child.Thus you realize what this book is really saying and you develop a better appreciation for it. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0440498058
    Subjects:  1. Children's 9-12 - Fiction - Fantasy    2. Children: Young Adult (Gr. 7-9)    3. Classics    4. Juvenile Fiction    5. Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic    6. Science fiction    7. Juvenile Fiction / Science Fiction, Fantasy, Magic   


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    Spiral Dance, The - 20th Anniversary : A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Goddess: 20th Anniversary Edition
    by Starhawk
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (01 October, 1999)
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    The original book that brought Goddess worship to the public eye has marked its 10th anniversary, yet it still remains an integral part of the Wiccan canon. The Spiral Dance leans heavily toward the feminist aspects of Wicca, but Starhawk's comments on the new edition make it clear that she is aware of the growing male presence in witchcraft. However, this edition is not some watered down, politically correct revision of the original. Very little is changed aside from the addition of Starhawk's observations on how the book has weathered its first decade, and what few changes she would make if she were writing it today. Readers interested in learning more about contemporary witchcraft, whether considering Wicca as a way of life or simply desiring to understand this earth-based religion, will find a wealth of information in The Spiral Dance, and will notice that it becomes one of the most frequently consulted books in their Wicca libraries.--Brian Patterson ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent
    I wish anyone that has negative attitudes in this area would read this book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars If I ran a coven and you were in it, I'd have you read this.
    Other books set me on the path of Wicca, this is the one that keeps me there.Every time I pick it up I learn something new, I use Starhawk's beautiful poetic invocations regularly in my rituals.Working through this book got me through a very hard time, the first time I went out into the world without my parents or best friends to support me.I cannot overstate how wonderful I find it.The exercises are incredible, both simple and powerful, like the Tree of Life ground.And some are challenging and thoughtful like the Pentacle of Pearl and the Pentacle of Iron.

    The only tiny criticism I have is with the 10th and 20th anniversary editions.I wish the notes and additions were added straight into the text rather than in appendices.It's confusing to read the book, see the ** and have to flip to the back to see what Starhawk said 20 years later.

    For me this book would be necessary coven reading.It has given me a solid grounding in magical basics and I use the visualizations and exercises nearly every day.I believe you are really missing out if you haven't read this book.Even if you read it and don't find Starhawk's feminist politics to your taste, you will gain something the experience.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Ever inspiring
    This is the book I reach for first whenever I hit a magical or spiritual slump.Starhawk's words never fail to inspire me or to remind just why I practice magic in the first place.
    While I prefer Cunningham or Buckland to guide me on my Wiccan path, I credit Spiral Dance for leading towards that path to begin with.
    I highly reccommend it to get your imagination churning and to make you question yourself in just the right way to inspire spiritual growth. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0062516329
    Subjects:  1. Comparative Religion    2. Goddess religion    3. New Age / Parapsychology    4. Social Science    5. Sociology    6. Witchcraft    7. Witchcraft & Wicca    8. Women's Studies - General    9. Body, Mind & Spirit / Witchcraft & Wicca   


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    Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner
    by Scott Cunningham
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (01 December, 1988)
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    Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner is the essential primer from one of the best known authors on Wicca. Focusing on the importance of individualism in your spiritual path, Cunningham explains the very basics of Sabbats (holy days), ceremonies, altars, and other nuts and bolts of Wicca that a solitary practitioner may have trouble finding elsewhere. While Wicca shouldn't be your solepoint of reference when considering Wicca as your way of life, it is one of thebest starting points. --Brian Patterson ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars I've recommended this book to hundreds of people...
    This was my first book on paganism, and I still love it.Living Wicca is equally wonderful, as are many of his other books.For someone who's been following the path for a while it'll seem a little bland, but it's the perfect place to start.I especially love his books because he's not strictly Wiccan, he recognizes that are many ways to do things and presents the information as his way, not the "right" way.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Good Book for New Bigginers
    I just recently converted this last Yule and I started with Scott Cunniham.I just bought my own copy of this book and find it very helpful.The Auther has it so broke down that I am able to understand it.I really find this book to be one of the gratest.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Simple, efficient, brilliant......
    This is my first Scott Cunningham book to read and WOW, what a book it is.Cunningham's writing style is unbelievably simplistic, yet there is also depth to it.Makes for a very nice read.I understand this book, in particular, is aimed at the solitary practitioner.With that said, please don't let it throw you.Cunningham keeps an open mind throughout the book, reminding the reader that what he has written is not written in blood or set in stone.He urges the reader to search out and seek his or her own way of doing certain things.He just sets out the guidelines and does so in a very non-threatening way.

    I can't recommend this book enough, even to those who have practiced for a while; you might just learn something new!Or at the very least, see something in a different light.Overall, an absolute joy to read! ... Read more

    Isbn: 0875421180
    Subjects:  1. Body, Mind & Spirit    2. Comparative Religion    3. Folklore & Mythology    4. Inspiration & Personal Growth    5. Magic    6. New Age    7. New Age / Parapsychology    8. Ritual    9. Witchcraft    10. Witchcraft & Wicca   


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    Don't Know Much About the Bible: Everything You Need to Know About the Good Book but Never Learned
    by Kenneth C. Davis
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (04 September, 2001)
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    Kenneth Davis, popular purveyor of stuff you should know but never learned, turns his research engine to the land of Job and Jesus. Ever wonder who wrote the Bible, what the difference is between a disciple and an apostle, or how the Dead Sea Scrolls measure up? Davis tackles the entire Bible, book by book, from Genesis to Revelation, offering succinct capsules of the action and backgrounders that are as entertaining as the tabloids--except that Davis's information is reliable. On every page, you can see the immense amount of research he has put into this work, drawing on the most up-to-date scholarship and presenting it in fresh, easy-to-swallow doses. Chronologies at various points put historical events into perspective. The high point of Don't Know Much About the Bible comes in the New Testament section, where Davis compares the different versions of the Gospels for the various episodes in Jesus' life and offers insights on issues that are still discussed today. By the way, did you know that Jesus' name was really Joshua and that he wasn't born in the year 1? More tidbits await. --Brian Bruya ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Strips away the falsehoods
    Clear and consise. Truly and enjoyable read. After reading 3 translations of the bible (KJV,NIV,CEV), as well as other sources on it's history, I have to say Mr.Davis knows his stuff.The glossary and bibilography were a great addition. If you are truly interested in educating yourself this books a great beginning.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Terrible, Biased Book - Don't waste your time or money
    This book is terribly written and is not worth the time or money.Kenneth Davis writes with no desire to explore both sides of the Bible.He ignores historical and archeological evidence supporting the Bible and uses obscure, little known, and controversial books for his support to try and discredit the Bible.One small example, Davis acknowledges the historical writing of Josephus (a Roman historian during the life of Jesus Christ), even mentioning that Josephus mentioned Jesus in his writings.However, Davis blatantly omits the fact that Josephus wrote that Jesus rose from the dead and that his followers were called Christians.This is just one example in a book that totally ignores most of the facts supporting the Bible's accuracy.As one reviewer put it so accurately "An aply named book. The author truly does not know much about the bible."Don't waste your time or your money, especially if you are looking for truth from reputable sources.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Interesting read with a bit of an attitude
    A relatively easy read for those who are already quite familiar with the Bible and its stories.For those who are not already familiar with the Bible it would be difficult to fully understand what he is addressing as he does not go into a lot of detail about the stories and how they have been traditionally understood.This is a bit of a `digest' version of some of the research that has been carried out on the Bible.Some of it was not new information and has been around religious circles for awhile.Other information I found quite intriguing and was motivated to do more in-depth research on my own (i.e., the authors/methods of the creation of the Pentateuch).The author flags areas of interest for future research but does not go into a lot of depth.

    I was a bit put off by the glee he expresses when he illuminates discrepancies in the Bible.I am not bothered by the fact that there are discrepancies (as I am not an inerrantist) but rather by his crowing over their exposure.His reaction causes me to question his credibility in presenting all the information in as neutral a manner as possible. In the end I felt he posits a bit too confidently his own conclusions that fit his own religious paradigm, rather than putting forth the information and allowing the reader to form their own perspective.

    Overall, an interesting read. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0380728397
    Subjects:  1. Bible    2. Bible - General    3. Bible - Reference - General    4. Introductions    5. Reference    6. Religion    7. Religion - Commentaries / Reference    8. Study and teaching    9. Religion / Bible / General   


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    Straight Dope Tells All
    by ED ZOTTI, CECIL ADAMS
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (24 February, 1998)
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    Cecil Adams has been giving the straight dope to thousands of bizarre and inane questions, in his books and weekly newspaper column, for 25 years now. His most recent opus, The Straight Dope Tells All, is as addictively fascinating, sarcastic, and informative as his previous efforts. If you're a Straight Dope enthusiast from way back, you know how joyous an occasion a new Straight Dope is. And if you're a Straight Dope virgin, it's time to be initiated into Adams's scholarly yet snide approach to the trivia questions that torment his readership into seeking his help. Where else are questions like "Does 'kimosabe' actually mean 'chicken guano?'" and "Must the pet rabbit chew one's t-shirt to keep from dying of overgrown teeth?" actually see the light of newsprint and receive an answer. Just perusing the index is good entertainment. A quick glance at "S" shows "Sabbath, why Christians celebrate on Sunday rather than Saturday," sex: anal, and "gay bowel syndrome," "shivering, following urination," "singing nun, fate of," "smiley face, inventor of," "smoking, whether more WWII veterans were killed by that than combat," and "sound of tree, if falls in woods." How one could resist a line-up like that, is a question even Cecil would be unable to resolve satisfactorily. --Stephanie Gold ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Another book of Uncle Cecil's collection
    Yet another book from him...
    If you havent heard about Cecil Adams then let me tell you he's one of the most eccentric "personages" ever existed... he claims to know everything about everything and cannot be mistaken... a bit arrogant sometimes he comes again to make mankind a favour and take us all from profound ignorance...
    Good book for trivia fans...
    Warning: expect to read almost anything imaginable here on these pages... it's true!

    3-0 out of 5 stars Maybe there's a limit....
    I've always enjoyed Cecil and have, over the years, purchased his first four books. And it's true--each volume is a bit less fascinating than the previous. It really seems that the most familiar, universal, andentertaining imponderables were addressed in the earlier volumes. Odd, butseemingly true. Still, keep going Cecil!

    3-0 out of 5 stars more Cecil, less fanmail please
    Cecil Adams' work rarely fails to satisfy, but this fourth compilation by him contains too much email garbage from AOL users.it's obvious these are online junkies who have far too much time on their hands.so in short: Cecil is great but the junkmail sucks. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0345420071
    Subjects:  1. Curiosities & Wonders    2. Form - Essays    3. Questions & Answers    4. Questions and answers    5. Reference    6. Humor / Essays   


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    The Big Book of Grimm (Factoid Books)
    by Jonathan Vankin
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (01 September, 1999)
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Pretty good read
    I liked the book a lot, but when I first got it I hadn't paid attention to the fact that it is a graphic novel. I thought there were just illustrations. I wasn't exactly expecting a comic book. The book is very good, and it does have original endings and doesn't edit itself for a "g" rating, that's true. However, some of the stories seem a little rushed, as if there was just not enough room for more detail since they had so much illustration. It was a quick read and it was good, but I'm kind of glad I didn't buy it.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Interesting and fun
    Art by Charles Vess and Colleen Doran are the highlights of this book which doesn't cut the gut from the wild old tales of the Brother's Grimm, but some of the art in this book is pretty awful. When you have 60 cartoonists contributing, naturally, quality will vary. It's great, quick reading, though.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A good book of grimm!!
    When I bought this book I didn't know what to expect. what I found ws a wonderfully illustrated book full of entertaining and yet horrid storys. If you like Grimm or just plain fairy tales this is the book for you! THere are many storys that have hidden morals and some that aren't hidden at all. ... Read more

    Isbn: 1563895013
    Sales Rank: 132936
    Subjects:  1. Fairy tales    2. Fiction - Fantasy    3. Folklore    4. Folklore & Mythology    5. General    6. Humor    7. Fiction / Graphic Novels   


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    The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
    by Douglas Adams
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (27 September, 1995)
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    Join Douglas Adams's hapless hero Arthur Dent as he travels the galaxywith his intrepid pal Ford Prefect, getting into horrible messes and generally wreaking hilarious havoc. Dent is grabbed from Earth moments before a cosmic construction team obliterates the planet to build a freeway. You'll never read funnier science fiction; Adams is a master of intelligent satire, barbed wit, and comedic dialogue. The Hitchhiker's Guide is rich in comedic detail and thought-provoking situations and stands up to multiple reads. Required reading for science fiction fans, this book (and its follow-ups) is also sure to please fans of Monty Python, Terry Pratchett's Discworld series, and British sitcoms. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars This book is a hitchhiker that you actually want to pick up
    Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy is a great book for all ages. Arthur Dent is about to get his house knocked down, which he is very mad about. Then his friend, Ford Perfect who is from a different planet, tells Arthur that the Earth is going to be destroyed, to make way for a space highway. Ford Perfect is a researcher for the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, and he wants to update the book to be more up-to-date. Arthur and Ford hitch a ride with the Vogons, rights before the world explodes, and are almost immediately thrown out. They hitch another ride, with the president of the galaxy, who stole the fastest space ship ever made, coincidentally, Arthur finds his friend Trillian aboard too, he had met her one day at a party. After that they go on many journeys and mishaps, which make the book incredibly funny. Every character in this book is great, and adds humor to every page, Arthur who is a regular human, Ford Perfect his friend, and Zaphod Beeblebrox. Zaphod Beeblebrox is one of the most interesting characters because he ahs 2 heads, and 3 arms. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a book full of humor, and also a reader who enjoys reading science fiction books.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Stick out your thumb and hop aboard
    I am very late to the Hitchhiker series of books having just read this one a week or so ago. In fact, I saw the movie before reading this book. That being said, I can see what my friends have been recommending all these years. This is a very funny novel, very inventive and will stretch your imagination.One caveat would be if you know you don't like the British sense of humor, this book probably won't work for you.

    Though it made me laugh a lot and shake my head at its ingeniousness, it gets 4 stars because of some basic problems in that there is virtually no character development and the plot is razor thin. But it's a short book and easy to read and very funny.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Don't Buy it !
    If you can't see 'Don't Panic!' at the cover, Don't buy it !!!

    Of course editorial people just need to know how to count money, not how to read, but as readers we also can just not to buy this kind of thing. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0345391802
    Subjects:  1. Fiction - Science Fiction    2. Science Fiction    3. Science Fiction - Adventure    4. Science Fiction - Series    5. Fiction / Science Fiction / General   


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    Batman: The Dark Knight Returns
    by Frank Miller, Klaus Janson, Lynn Varley
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (01 May, 1997)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best stories Ive read
    This was the first story in the genre of comics/graphic novels that I have read in almost ten years. I have to say, this is one hell of a story. Its a side of Batman, more in depth and troubled than I am used to. It shows how driven he is, to the point that he cannot even retire in peace without the beast within tearing him apart. It also shows the lengths to which his enemies, and in this story, even the government will go to stop him. Funny thing is, there was a snippet of this story in an episode of the Batman Animated series years ago that until I read this, had no clue where it came from. Masterfully done, worth the read for comic collectors and non-comic collectors alike.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Dark Masterpiece
    I had originally read part 4 without the first 3 parts. Thankfully, I managed to go through this masterpiece from start to finish eventually, and it was a turning point in the comics medium.

    Prestige format, 48 pages without advertisements and high quality paper to go with the artwork and coloring. All this could be just glossy overtures if not for the fact that the story is something else.

    Miller reinvented the medium and push it to a cultural phenomeon is one thing. What remains clear is after nearly 20 years, this mini-series/graphic novel remains as timeless as it is brilliant is without doubt. Reading it again recently, brings back all that was excellent in comics in 1986 and shows just how far superhero storytelling has evolved.

    Miller was the first one to put Batman in an Elseworlds situation and it is clearly still the best. How he takes well known characters in the DC universe and reinvents them is another brilliant stroke.

    But the thing that impresses me most even to this day is his writing. Cinematic, atmospheric and mature. None of this was common in comics before this. Now, it is expected. Yet very few can match Miller in this regard. And very few will.

    In the end, if not for Arkham Asylum, this would be my very favourite Batman story. Yet, it is something that every comic fan should experience. An immeasurable work. A masterpiece. All the superlatives apply.

    For all its grittiness and sophistication and its impact on popular culture, I still find it a very entertaining read. An adventure that steamrolls and is affecting at once.

    Just go read it. Dark masterpiece is an understatement.

    5-0 out of 5 stars It's A Dark One
    Miller's take on Batman is brutal and engrossing.We start as Wayne comes out of retirement hounded by a personal demon (you know which one) and takes on an absolutely harrowing Gotham.He's old, a bit sluggish, and pissed, and that's the real charm of Miller's book: it's not romantic.Batman is not the clever, humorous caped crusader found in the animated series or in teh original Adam West program; he's a tortured soul, bitter and savage.Miller and his illustrators are very good at guiding the reader along both narratively and emotionally.In other words: this book is a real treat.It's very violent and very scary, but these extremes serve a purpose: they carry warnings with them, for Miller's Gotham is very much the microcosm of the worst in humanity, and it's very possible that we someday become these things.Miller looks at a maturing Batman from his own mature viewpoint, making for a gripping, fast-paced, and heady read.

    It's a cool book. ... Read more

    Isbn: 1563893428
    Sales Rank: 1573
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    Mammoth Encyclopedia of the Unsolved
    by Colin Wilson, Damon Wilson
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (30 December, 2000)
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    3-0 out of 5 stars Thorough, Sometimes Repetitive, Sometimes Interesting
    The Mammoth Encyclopedia of the Unsolved is certainly what it claims to be.It is indeed mammoth as it ranges from the paranormal to more historical mysteries.The authors', Colin Wilson and Damon Wilson, pet theories become abundantly clear as certain themes and concepts are repeated throughout the book, such as their ideas concerning poltergeists which are shoe-horned into far too many of the entries outside of the one for poltergeists.They also have an annoying lack of scepticsim concerning anything paranormal yet pull away the cobwebs from more historical occurences with great ease.Still this book will be a treat for anyone looking for a one volume compedium of weird things.You may roll your eyes at some of their conclusions but you still keep reading.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Unsolved mysteries for the "pros"...
    What makes this book by Colin Wilson pleasantly unpredictable is that it contains far more "unsolved mysteries" than the "usual" and expected `Bermuda triangle`, ÙFOs`, `Bigfoot`and so on. Sure enough it contains entries about those phenomena, but it goes deeper than these and explores stories such as those of Fulcanelli or Junius (both brilliant and yet unknown stories), a more detailed account on the -possibly- false identity on the man who spent 40 years in prison claiming he was Rudolph Hess (more than likely he wasnt) , a good comprehensive and all-inclusive "report" on whether Homer actually existed and what he really did write etc.. I read books on such matters on a systematic basis and yet i found that a good portion of the ones
    contained here I`d never heard before.

    I`ve used quotation marks widely on the above paragraph trying to stay in line with Wilson`s -always- careful treading when he deals with theories about unsolved mysteries.

    If you`re a fan of Colin Wilson you`ll find this to be another excellent contribution of his to the "paranormal" field of research (or to be somewhat more precise: to the not so normal field of research).
    If you`re not familiar with this incredible and ultra prolific researcher this book is a great one to start from as:
    -it recquires no previous specialised reading on your part (Wilson will keep you in the know with several references and explanations throughout your reading)
    -ìt`s a wildly fun book even for those that might`ve never picked up a reading on such matters
    -and, it`s Colin Wilson. That, at least for the insiders, should suffice..

    4-0 out of 5 stars I agree with previous reviewer!
    If you're a fan of Colin Wilson, this book reads like a 'greatest hits' collection.

    For the general fan of the strange and the unexplained, this book is a good collection, but is not as detailed or complete as a great primer ought to be.If you collect books about unexplained phenomenon, you might have much of this already, but for the novice - this is an enjoyable read and worth the money. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0786707933
    Sales Rank: 112299
    Subjects:  1. Alternate Spirituality    2. Controversial Knowledge    3. Curiosities and wonders    4. Encyclopedias    5. General    6. History    7. History: World    8. World - General   


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