Saturday, September 10, 2016

Who You Gonna Call?

5 Stars

Years before they made headlines with the Ghostbusters, Erin Gilbert and Abby L. Yates published the groundbreaking study of the paranormal, Ghosts from Our Past. Once lost to history, this criminally underappreciated book is now back in print, revised and somewhat updated for the new century.

According to Gilbert and Yates, “extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence,” and whether you’re a believer or a skeptic, you’ll find the information you’re seeking right here in this extraordinary book, including:

· The childhood experiences that inspired Erin and Abby’s lifelong passion for the scientific study of the paranormal;
· The history of ghosts and other supernatural entities, the science that explains their existence, and profiles of the groundbreaking paranormal researchers who have investigated them;
· An illustrated guide to Class I through Class VII ghosts;
· Helpful sidebars like “A Ghost by Any Other Name” and “Ectoplasm Cleanup Tips”;
· Updates including “The Ghostbusters’ Arsenal” by Jillian Holtzmann and “Haunted History” by Patty Tolan;
· A new Ghostbusting Resources appendix, featuring the “Paranormal Quickstart Guide”, “Is It a Ghost? A Handy Quiz”, “A Supernatural Stakeout Journal”, “The Devil’s Dictionary: Paraterminology You Need to Know”; and more.

With this helpful—and hilarious—official Ghostbusters guide in hand, you’ll be prepared for almost any spirit, spook, or spectre that comes your way. As for the rest, you know who to call.

I'll admit I have yet to see the new ghostbusters movie, and to be honest I was pretty much against ever watching it--I just don't like remakes and there's been very little to change my mind about renewing the past in the last few years--So when Ghosts from Our Past was offered by Blogging for Books, I figured I'd give the book a chance and go from there.

I'm still not sure I (personally) care to see the movie, the book definitely didn't change my mind about that, but this book did convince me to take a side in the arguments over the renewed Ghostbuster franchise.

I may not support remakes in general, but after reading this book I agree that this new film with an all female cast is exactly what young girls today needed. Ghosts from Our Past, at its core, is about friendship, embracing your weirdness, and exploring your interests--no matter how strange or ridiculous the majority of your school thinks it may be. This book, aside from the ghosts and the ghouls, teaches young readers they can be whatever they want, there is a special place in this world for every mind and if you are willing to be honest with yourself and work hard you'll find just where you're meant to be.

Ghosts from Our Past is great afternoon read. It's smart and funny and had me hooked from page one with real information on ghost theories and ghost hunting techniques. There are glossary's of terms to know and pages to keep notes of your own ghost hunting escapades. It's a very interactive and informative piece with some funny anecdotes and moments that made me laugh out loud.

I was slightly frustrated (very slightly) that I could tell the entire book was written by one person when it is supposed to appear as it's written by two (Abby and Erin). It didn't distract from the story, I just felt it would have added to the illusion of being the voice of these two characters if the tone changed a bit depending on who wrote it. Still, I really enjoyed this read and it would be great to see more books from these two.

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