I've lost 90+ pounds since February of 2010, using the "Atkins" method specified in this book. Its been much easier than I ever could have imagined. II've lost 90+ pounds since February of 2010, using the "Atkins" method specified in this book. Its been much easier than I ever could have imagined. I don't think this system is for everybody (due to the vagaries of human physiology; we're not all the same, and this program will work much better for some, than it will for others), but you should give it a try and see if its for you. It may very well have saved my life, and I felt several hundred percent better within a week of going on the Atkins plan. Before I lost more than literally a pound or two, I was already reaping enormous benefits in terms of increased feelings of goodwill, higher energy levels, etc. The Atkins diet is more complex than you've probably heard, so I suggest acquiring a copy of this book before attempting it....more
I'm still at the library (having just checked this book out), and only thus far having read Chapter Three ("Devil Names and Fortean Places"), plus somI'm still at the library (having just checked this book out), and only thus far having read Chapter Three ("Devil Names and Fortean Places"), plus some of the appendices (my favorite being "Erratic Crocodilians and Teleporting 'Gators"), and yet I am quite confident in assigning this outstanding volume a five-star rating. I anticipate burning through its contents with great enthusiasm & rapidity (as well as employing it for various evidentiary citations at Wikipedia), despite the various other books I am already engaged in reading.
Many (most?) books on cryptozoology, and Forteana generally, tend to leave a good deal to be desired. This is not going to be an issue here, I feel well and truly assured. This is more than a rehash of the same tired, old double handful of 1970s Bigfoot & Loch Ness Monster tales, and is well written, and thus far quite fascinating. I made a great choice when I decided to obtain my local library's copy of this book, and if the subject matter is one which you find of interest, then you too shall be making a good choice, if and when you decide to peruse this intriguing tome.
...And now that I've actually read the book in quesion, let me reiterate my initial impressions, as well as note that in addition to Chapter Three, there are some other particularly intriguing chapters which really stand out as being unusually interesting, such as Chapter 4 "Things That Go Bump in the Bay State," Chapter 5 "A Case Study: The Dover Demon," Chapter 16 "The North American Ape," and especially Chapter 21, "The Phantom Clowns." That last chapter is a real powerhouse, one that delves into the legend of "The Pied Piper" (and his contemporary analogs), and which puts this book head & shoulders above most others of its ilk, in terms of its discernment of the nature of Fortean events.
I burned through this thing in less than 24 hours (its very short ie., about 165 pages). It was really quite enjoyable, being both interesting and infI burned through this thing in less than 24 hours (its very short ie., about 165 pages). It was really quite enjoyable, being both interesting and informative about numerous, often-strange aspects of life in Portland, Oregon...as well as containing some sheer hilarity (the anecdote about the "laser Floyd" show in 1980, may be the single funniest thing I've read since finishing John Kennedy Toole's "A Confederacy of Dunces," nearly two years ago).
Having been published in 2003, its doubtless out-of-date in any number of respects, never-the-less, I simply can not imagine visiting Portland without a copy of this volume in my possession, and using it in order to try visiting the museums, gardens, and historic houses it cites (as well as Elk Rock Island, and all manner of interesting and scenic-sounding, hidden/obscure locales).
I've never gotten closer than within 25 miles or so of the Oregon state line (from the Del Norte County, California side), but I have to say, this book makes me want to visit Portland. A lot. Maybe I'll manage to do so one day, and maybe I will not, but either way, I'm thankful Mr. Palahniuk authored this trippy little tome for our amusement and edification....more