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Review of The World's Weirdest Places, by Nick Redfern (Softcover, 2012)

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Nick Redfern fans won't be disappointed with this latest work from an author who has established himself as a capable researcher, free thinker, and good writer. His books are always a good read. It helps that he covers "Who woulda thunk?" subjects, but I think more than anything it's the way he writes about those things. I enjoyed this book, just as I have enjoyed reading his other books.

In The World's Weirdest Places, Redfern discusses 25 locales that have something positively weird about them. Some of these places are famous for one thing that's weird, but that's only part of the story. For example, the New York City subway (alligators) and Loch Ness (the Loch Ness monster). But they are weird for reasons beyond those famous examples. If you took away the alligators and the Loch Ness monster, the New York City subway and Loch Ness would still be very weird places.

Some of these places are ones with which I had no previous association with weirdness. I think each reader will find several such examples. Most Americans will probably have to include Bhangarh, India. I had never heard of the place before, but it is truly weird!

This book consist of 25 chapters, spread across 186 pages. Each chapter is devoted to a different weird locale. There's also a conclusion, in which Redfern offers a possible explanation for all this. The book is also indexed, which is helpful for those using it as a reference text. The bibliography runs 15 pages long, which is about on par for a Redfern work. I really can't comment on the veracity of the sources. But I can say where Redfern presented information on something I already knew about, he made no errors of fact. I've now read several Redfern books and have yet to find an error of fact. That's really something, considering that I usually find at least some factual problem in any book.

For those who aren't familiar with Redfern or his works, here's a little information. He writes about the paranormal, unsolved mysteries, government conspiracies, and (apparently) alien encounters. Unlike many others who write about these things, he doesn't proselytize a particular "this is the truth" viewpoint. He's not out to convince the reader of anything. Not so much in this book, but typically he will present various theories that "explain" why some nutty thing is the way it is and he'll show you the holes in each theory. Rarely does he reveal his personal opinion or which of those theories he favors. His approach is to inform, not to convince.

Redfern didn't include Washington, DC on his list. That's a place where taxpayer dollars disappear, monsters destroy personal liberties, and crime runs rampant as if there were no law at all. But that's not weird, it's unconscionable. And, of course, there's no explanation for all this so it would not fit with his conclusion chapter. Well, OK, there's no excuse for all this. So his leaving this extremely strange place out of this particular book does make sense. Perhaps soon Redfern will write a book about that weirdest of all places, where we can't expect aliens to find any sign of intelligent life.


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