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Posted January 4, 2008
it claims to have an editor, but....
Although an interesting read, the ridiculous amount of typos, grammatical errors, lack of punctuation - sentences missing periods, etc. - distracting formatting, and overall lack of BASIC proofing made this book more of a headache than it's worth. Whole words or phrases were missing and/or duplicated in many places, and sometimes random words would appear in the text out of nowhere. Also still trying to figure out why so many photos were inserted sporadically throughout the text - many of them were not explained apart from one- or two-line captions. If an author is going to break their audience's concentration by sticking a photo here or there, author owes it to reader to explain the pertinence. My main disappointment in this book is the fact that the author seems to be very well-respected in the paranormal community, yet this published and highly recommended work makes him look, quite frankly, like an idiot. Auerbach definitely knows what he's talking about, and the book presents some thought-provoking ideas, but it's counterproductive to introduce potentially confusing theories and explain scientific procedures in a text that leaves the reader trying to decipher whole sentences just to get to the intended meaning behind them. Hopefully the other titles I have by Auerbach underwent more careful editing than this one prior to being released to the info-seeking public.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 5, 2004
Wonderful beginner's guide to parapsychology and hauntings
Loyd Auerbach, an undisputed authority on ghosts and hauntings, brings us the companion guide to his other book, 'Ghost Hunting: How to Investigate the Paranormal.' This new book, 'Hauntings and Poltergeists,' is also oriented towards beginners, but goes into more detail about the history of Parapsychology, what kind of research is being done in the field today, the differences between apparitions, hauntings, and poltergeists, tells a few real-life ghost stories from Loyd's own case files, and even talks a bit about psychic development. The reader should note that this is not simply a rehash of Loyd's older book, 'ESP, Hauntings, and Poltergeists,' but contains new material and is well illustrated with photographs and amusing cartoon drawings. Unfortunately, Loyd's bibliography was apparently left off by accident (it can be found on his website) and the index is off by 3 pages (add 3 to the number listed and you're set). Despite these small glitches, I highly recommend 'Hauntings and Poltergeists' for anyone wanting a simple and easy to understand guide to the paranormal.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.