Friday, October 22, 2010

Spooky Books for Halloween

UFOs: Generals, Pilots and Government Officials Go on the Record by Leslie Kean. The author of this book, journalist Leslie Kean, makes such an enormous effort to avoid any type of sensationalism that I almost didn't make it past the first 20 pages. (To make UFOs mind-numbingly boring is quite a feat!) But when the first hand accounts from the "generals, pilots and government officials" began I could not put this book down. This book focuses on sightings by extremely credible witnesses over the last several decades, avoids (for the most part) undue speculation, and calls out the US government and media for their inadequate response.

Dimensions: A Casebook of Alien Contact by Jacques Vallee. This trippy treatise on inexplicable encounters throughout history makes the convincing case that the UFOs sighted in recent decades are in no way of extraterrestrial origin. The fairytales alone will be enough to give you nightmares! (Did I just use "trippy" and "convincing" in the same sentence?)

A Flaw in the Blood by Stephanie Baron. I'm reading this one right now and so far, so good. It's a mystery novel set in Victorian England with a gothic feel and a disturbing re-imagining of the Queen herself. The ebook is on sale at Barnes & Noble for less than two bucks!

I'm Looking Through You: Growing up Haunted by Jennifer Finney Boylan. This fascinating autobiography tells the story of a transgender young man (now a woman) growing up in a haunted house. In turns tender, spine tingling, and hilarious this book makes for a very enjoyable read.

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