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Heaven's Gate: Cult Suicide in San Diego

2.95  ·  Rating Details ·  21 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
Paperback, 333 pages
Published May 28th 1997 by Harpercollins (Mm) (first published May 1997)
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On cold March nights in early spring 1997 I would tramp into my yard and tilt my head directly skyward and stare a long time at the bright fuzzy space traveler known as Comet Hale-Bopp. It was the brightest and longest visible comet to be seen from my vantage point on Earth in my lifetime. Viewing it was a privilege, since it had not been in earth's neighborhood for 4,000 years and would not be back again for that same duration.

I could not have known at the time that across the country, in a pal
Lukas Szrot
Feb 25, 2014 Lukas Szrot rated it liked it
A quick, easy read, feeling rushed in its prose (and riddled with typographical errors) as though crafted in haste to meet a stringent deadline. I am fascinated by fringe religious movements and the exceptional power they can wield over often bright and creative if wayward people who simply find the existential burden of having lots of questions and few answers exasperating. I was moved by accounts of the individuals but many of the buzz words used were alternately callous and sensationalistic, ...more
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Not very well-written or insightful. Read it because the book was laying around and I vagely remember the story about that crazy cult which killed themselves as they believed in a spaceship behind the Hale-Bopp comet. Very tragic, of course, but to us youngsters back then, it was just riduculous, funny even. The book does tell the story, but tbh I found it boring. Maybe that's inevitable, since believing in anything even remotely like this is so alien (unintended pun) to me. On the upside, it ...more
Jan 21, 2016 A.r. rated it really liked it
A facinating insight into the cult suicides of Heaven's Gate. This is a really good book, and pretty thorough in its evaluation of the cult in a not too judgemental way. The best part was learning about the history of the cult and how it evolved. I read this book straight though without being distracted, just because it was so absorbing.
Sep 11, 2009 David rated it it was ok
Really this book is just a broad overview of the incident and the events surrounding it. There was no real connection with the subjects, partially because of the derisive terminology used for the cult (UFO loonies, computer geeks). It did not seem very objective or insightful. An interesting read, but still rather hollow.
♥ Marlene♥
I did not think this book was too bad. There is only one review about it on amazon which gives it 2 stars. I can understand where they are coming from but if you do not know anything about this case it is not a bad read. I want to learn more though but I do not think there is another book about this case.

Weird that such intelligent people kill themselves thinking they will be on a spaceship.
Feb 25, 2010 Gabriel rated it liked it
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Really, really horrid writing. Mixed metaphors, lapses in common sense, deeply flawed logic, lack of continuity: you know those people who don't read? They write like this.

But that's exactly why I wanted to read this. The book equivalent of the recent "Transformers," or maybe "Troll 2."
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