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The Complete Books

3.99  ·  Rating Details  ·  303 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
This scholarly exploration of the borderlands between science and fantasy features four complete works by the redoubtable Charle Fort (1874-1932): The Book of the Damned, Lo!, Wild Talents, and New Lands. All concern the bizarre phenomena unexplained by traditional science: flying saucers, telekinesis, sudden showers of fish from the sky, stigmata, poltergeists, and sponta ...more
Paperback, 1152 pages
Published February 1st 1975 by Dover Publications (first published May 1941)
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Jennifer (JC-S)
Feb 22, 2010 Jennifer (JC-S) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
‘All things in the sky are pure to those who have no telescopes.’

This book contains all four of Charles Fort’s books: ‘The Book of the Damned’; ‘New Lands’; ‘Lo!’; and ‘Wild Talents’. ‘By the damned’, wrote Charles Fort, ‘I mean the excluded. We shall have a procession of data that Science excluded.’ And in these four books (or processions) we have a feat of recorded events of bizarre, strange and inexplicable anomalies for which science could not fully account. And what are these recorded event
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Eddie Watkins
Oct 08, 2014 Eddie Watkins rated it it was amazing
Most people seem to think of Charles Fort as the wacky guy who wrote about fish and other things falling from the sky (as per the lovely cover of this book), but he was actually more of a philosopher who used stories of fish falling from the sky to exemplify his philosophy.

He was extremely rational but also fervently anti-science, or at least against the type of scientific thinking that thinks it can fully explain all facets of this world; hence his feverish insistence on opening our eyes to th
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Melissa
Dec 18, 2015 Melissa rated it it was amazing
Many call him crazy but there are many more who call him genius. Charles Fort is a man who was not afraid to write books about phenomena that science has ignored for so long. He paved the way to societies interest in the unknown and we have repayed him by many denying him credit and the recognition he really does deserve.
The Complete Books contain all of Fort's work so it is a big book. The Book of the Damned, Lo!, New Worlds, and Wild Talents all covering different phenomena he discovered in ne
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Andrew
Aug 24, 2012 Andrew rated it it was amazing
What more is there to say about Charles Fort? The man spent years combing through newspapers, scientific journals, and other publications, pulling out weird and anomalous tales. Some are creepy, some are commonplace, some are just downright WTF? The first book ("The Book of the Damned") is concerned mainly with anomalous falls of objects like fish, frogs, meat, and blood; the second ("New Lands") mainly mystery planets, anomalous celestial bodies, and what would become Ufology; the third ("Lo!") ...more
Dimitris Hall
Aug 19, 2014 Dimitris Hall rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition


elow you will find an assortment of highlights from The Book of the Damned pulled from the clipping file of my Kindle. Convenient, that. You can find the same super-version of the book as the one I read for free on Amazon. I'm still not sure if it's a best-of, Charles Fort's collected works, or what... There seems to be at least some content which doesn't match up with the text found on his four books as found separately.

Anyway, back to the quotes:
The data of the damned. I have gone into the ou
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Mike (the Paladin)
Dec 24, 2009 Mike (the Paladin) rated it liked it
This book is another that would better be a 3.5. I considered a 4 star rating but marked it down only because it is somewhat dated in the way it's written. That in no way detracts from the books quality or from how interesting the subject matter is.

This is not a book I can get through in a sitting, but can go back to from time to time. Fort's most well known work is The Book of the Damned, an interesting title. The "damned" by Mr. Fort's definiton are those bits of knowledge or information (or p
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Donna K Fitch
Apr 14, 2011 Donna K Fitch rated it it was amazing
Shelves: strange
This book is my absolute favorite reference book. Various bits of it have inspired me in two of my novels. Fort never ceases to delight me with his unique philosophy and his fierce attitude toward unexamined science. I'll confess I've never read it straight through, but this isn't necessarily the sort of book you could read that way. I think my head might explode if I did, because of all the ideas he packs into these books.

The Book of the Damned is my favorite, not just for all the cataloging of
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Alytha
Stuck somewhere in the middle of it...
Donald
Jul 19, 2014 Donald rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
An omnibus of four books in which he writes about anomalous and bizarre occurrences. He covers mostly organic things falling from the sky in The Book of the Damned. Things like falling frogs, fish, flora of various types. His clever wit comes through as does his lack of trust in religion and scientists.

New Lands covers mostly inorganic occurrences of stuff falling from the sky. Hail with the likeness of Christ on each piece, a fall of white pebbles, meteors...

Wild Talents covers oddities such as
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Donald
Oct 15, 2007 Donald rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Charles Fort was one of the most brilliant, original and eccentric voices in the history of the written word. From the first line in "The Book Of The Damned," you know that you are reading something really different. Fort should have been a truly influential literary figure, but his unconventional nature prevented that from happening. Fort wrote two full-length novels that were described as awesome by those who read them, but burned them in a fit of rage and depression. What a loss to history th ...more
Jonathan Ratty
Jun 15, 2014 Jonathan Ratty rated it it was amazing
Shelves: esoterica
You cannot call yourself a Fortean without reading the complete works. Hard work, but worth the time.
Nessdan
Feb 15, 2008 Nessdan rated it it was amazing
Maybe the most important books written in the last 100 years, but probably not. Everyone must read this.
Natalie
Christmas present from David. :)
David
Mar 08, 2015 David rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Incredibly entertaining nonsense. He is so out there you wonder if he was insane.
Max Nemtsov
Sep 18, 2010 Max Nemtsov rated it it was amazing
delightfully anti-scientific (in a good sense), beautifully written, and wickedly funny
Darin
Nov 16, 2008 Darin rated it really liked it
this guy should be an american hero
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Todd
Nov 29, 2009 Todd rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fortean madness.

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Charles Hoy Fort was a Dutch-American writer and researcher into anomalous phenomena.

Jerome Clark writes that Fort was "essentially a satirist hugely skeptical of human beings' – especially scientists' – claims to ultimate knowledge". Clark describes Fort's writing style as a "distinctive blend of mocking humor, penetrating insight, and calculated outrageousness".

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