An Illustrated History of Ghosts (The Illustrated History Of)

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An Illustrated History of Ghosts (The Illustrated History Of)

An Illustrated History of Ghosts (The Illustrated History Of)

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The illustrations in this are lovely and this will make for a cute little coffee table book that can be a conversation starter. I’m also unsure who the intended audience is - the illustrations and the simple writing style would suggest a younger audience but some of the content would probably be over their heads. It never really dived into any of the stories/techniques/technology it was telling us about, so we only get a surface level of everything. I guess I just read too many magic books as a kid and am used to the "A good magician never reveals his secrets" stick. It's the first time I've seen explanations from different cultures and belief systems in such depth, usually you only hear of the traditional western (often religious) and maybe some Japanese myths and traditions, both make up the majority of horror media we see today.

I thought this was quite interesting as I was expecting the opposite, I thought there'd be at least a little suspense or a feeling of fright. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. This amount includes seller specified domestic postage charges as well as applicable international postage, dispatch, and other fees.and the illustrations don't really get across the impact of some of the things we're reading about (such as ghost photos etc). The author, Adam Allsuch Boardman is an illustrator and fan of trivia who has previously written “An Illustrated History of UFO’s”, and “An Illustrated History of Filmmaking”, both of which I’d be interested in having a look at. There were some instances of 'this may have been' and 'some historians believe' without clarity on who, and how credible, these opinions are. I love that it mentions positive ghost experiences like the Mexican Day of the Dead festival, ghosts can get a lot of negative press when they're often not violent or even inclined to interact! On a side note, this book debunks just about all the big ghost stories and shines light on what actually happened.

An Illustrated History of Ghosts provides a great overview of all things relating to ghosts from ghost catching, to haunted locations, to the pranksters themselves. There are currently two other Illustrated History books by Adam Allsuch Boardman, filmmaking and UFOs. I think this one appealed to me a little bit more, guess I’m just more of a ghost fan than aliens, but I feel that each of these works, with their useful glossaries and resources, would be quite appropriate for teens and preteens who are interested in outré subjects.

They were so detailed and I could spend hours looking at the end papers and finding something new that I may have missed.

A bump in the night, the crack of floorboards and the uneasy coldness of a room… signs we might attribute to a ghostly presence. one other thing i really loved was the further reading and further watching sections at the end, a cool little inclusion. At the end the author has included a list of key figures who are associated with ghosts, a further reading list and also a section listing films that have portrayed ghosts.It did touch upon a lot of different subjects such as haunted locations, ghost legends and the media etc… but again it was too brief and was mostly a couple of sentences for each explanation. If you already know your stuff then you might not get too much out of this, but it still makes a nice book to have on the shelf and loan to guests.

Veterans who know Boardman's work will likely really enjoy this as it's clearly a good quality output, just not to my taste. Boardman's artistic style is clean and crisp but I found the overall experience pretty surface level as a newbie to this series. Adam Allsuch Boardman has explored the world of ghosts in this volume in a visual and anecdotal manner that I don't think I've seen. It's more like a highlight reel than a history book, but for someone with limited knowledge on the subject there's more than enough here to make it interesting read. Overall, I would definitely recommend this book, especially for anyone who wants to learn a bit more about the history behind ghosts, especially from different backgrounds and cultures.The illustrations are cute and I really enjoyed the book - my one criticism would be that it was a whistlestop tour and of the paranormal, so wouldn’t be suitable for anyone wanting in-depth information! Get to the heart of the unexplainable in Adam’s third addition to the “llustrated History” series filled with private seances and ectoplasm to spiritual mediums and spirit photography galore. Prepare to embark on a strange journey that allows skeptical inquiry, or perhaps the possibility of believing in the afterlife! An Illustrated History of Ghosts is the latest instalment by Adam Allsuch Boardman in his Illustrated History series. So as the days slowly start to get darker and because Halloween was just around the corner it seemed the perfect time to read this book.



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