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The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Paranormal

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  54 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
b An otherworldly examination of the unknown that will keep fright fans reading all night /B BRBR From any strange experience that can't be defined by science to psychic phenomena to monsters and weird creatures, IThe Complete Idiot's Guide(r) to the Paranormal/I focuses on the most interesting and bone- chilling aspects of the Paranormal the supernatural including#58; BRB ...more
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Published March 2nd 2010 by Penguin Group (USA) (first published February 26th 2010)
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Didymus Bibliophilus
I didn't read all of this book, but rather skimmed through it while a passenger on a drive.

The biggest problems with it: Syncretism. It doesn't openly adopt one specific view on the paranormal but rather tries to accept and even unify the differing beliefs of many groups. Or, more accurately, it reads the beliefs of different groups through the lens of what is probably something like neopaganism. For example, it addresses Catholic practices that relate to the supernatural, but will also deviate
Nancy Ellis
Oct 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book gives you a very good summary of just about everything in the paranormal world. There is a lot of good info and plenty of places where he injects his personal comments and gives you a good laugh. Nothing too deep, just a good intro to the field and a way to "kick off" your reading in whatever aspect you're the most fascinated by.
Jan 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Those looking for bite-sized frights will find them aplenty in this book. Originally intended for bedside reading, with chapter-by-chapter dips each night, I ended up finishing it in a little less than a day.

Paranormal is more or less a sampler of all things unexplained, but what it offers is quite sumptuous; and it is told in an eloquent, direct way that is chilling, but the humorous asides come as a welcome relief. Essentially, it serves as a springboard to whatever areas of the paranormal tak
B.  Barron
Jul 28, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: myth-legend
It could have used more detail and explanation in the sections on Vampires (no mention of Mercy Brown or Elizabeth Báthory, and the only fictional vampire mentioned is Dracula [they mention the movie Nosferatu, but never the name of the vampire – Count Orloc. Still since the movie was an unauthorized version of Dracula I stand by the fact they only mentioned Dracula]! Frankly that's just sad. Add in a total lack of non-European vampires. Sad does not begin to cover it.) and Shape-shifters; and i ...more
Pamela (slytherpuff)
See more of my reviews at Bettering Me Up.

2.5 stars. I was expecting more from this, but it mostly consisted of one or two short paragraphs on each subject. I rounded up to three stars because I *did* learn something new, even if it wasn't very thorough.
Ruth Oschmann
I didn't read the sections on monsters. I was mainly interested in the sections on spirits and demons. It definitely gave a good starting point for learning more about this subject. My main concern is learning to continue with spirit communication without having a problem with troublesome demons. This book was somewhat useful in this regard.
Kristina Forsha
Oct 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This book was a great book. I learned about paranormal subjects and things in here that I never even heard of. This has got to be one of my favorite books on the paranormal.
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Nathan Robert Brown (1977-present) is an author, pop culture mythologist, and technical writer from Texas, currently residing in Florida. He received the 2009 Harry Brown Award for 'The Rape of Lilith.' Nathan has done extensive research in world mythology, folklore, urban legends, ancient civilizations, and world religions, and is an expert on trinities/tripartite systems and universal themes in ...more
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