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Published by Penguin, Three Rivers Press on June 28th 2016
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As seen in the Sony Pictures 2016 film Ghostbusters, the ultimate guide to identifying, understanding, and engaging with any paranormal activity that plagues you
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.
We received this book/audiobook for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect our opinion of the book or the content of our review.
Being a scientist wasn’t so appealing until now!
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If you could sum up Ghosts from Our Past: Both Literally and Figuratively: The Study of the Paranormal in three words, what would they be?
Hilarious awesome and a little scary. #IamaChicken
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
I laugh out loud most of the time, but there were a few times when I was scared to death! Oh. My. God. I was with my headphones working on the computer while listening to the audiobook, it was 11:30pm, almost the middle of the night, the story was pretty interesting, Erin was telling her first experience with a ghost and all of it sudden, A GHOST WAS TALKING! It was more like a scary whisper that almost gave me a heart attack! I have to warn everyone reading this review that I AM A CHICKEN! I watch horror movies with my eyes closed and when I’m reading (or listening) horror books I do it during daylight where NO SUPERNATURAL BEING WILL HARM ME! Anyway, that night I had to sleep with the lights on and I made my best not to listen to the audiobook at night.
But overall, the audiobook was so funny, with great references to iconic people from the past and of course, the experiences of the doctors Erin and Abby’s life as ghostbusters.
I loved their narrations. Hillary and Emma had the majority of the time but Paul made a great impression in me. I mean, his performance about working as ghostbuster and Patrick Swayze’s ghost was hilarious! I don’t think I will ever forget about that. And the girls did it great too. What I loved the most was exactly what scared me the most: The ghosts voices. And of course, THE RAPPING! IT WAS AWESOME!
Would you consider the audio edition of Ghosts from Our Past: Both Literally and Figuratively: The Study of the Paranormal to be better than the print version?
I will have to wait until my paperback copy arrives to answer this question. I was interested in this book the moment Andrew Shaffer announced it, because he is hilarious, his writing is awesome and I LOVED GHOSTBUSTERS when I was a kid. I’m not going to tell you how I was called Slimer when I was a kid because that would be telling too much about my past—wait, I think I just did *face palm*—So I had to read this book. I usually buy ebooks or audiobooks but then I saw the excerpts in http://www.ghostsfromourpast.com/ and I knew I had to get it in paperback. So, when it arrives, I’ll let you all know.
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
DUH!! First, there will be a movie, WOOHOO!! And secondly, this book has the 100% support of the movie makers which makes it more awesome. Listen to this podcast where Andrew talks about how this book is tie to the movie.
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
YES!! To all the comedy readers and ghostbusters lovers, you all gotta listen to this audiobook, and if you are not into audiobooks, you gotta get the book or ebook and read it. It’s pretty awesome. And to all the Original Sinners Fans, Tiffany Reisz does a cameo in this book, which is a plus!
Andrew has another book releasing today. Yeah, he is cool like that.
The Day of the Donald: Trump Trumps America
A hilarious political thriller from New York Times bestseller Andrew Shaffer
Summer 2018: Two years into President Donald J. Trump’s first term in office, America has never been greater. The Even Greater Wall along the Mexican border is under construction, paid for by Mexico. Americans have more money in their pockets thanks to lower taxes and the president’s creative money-raising strategies. (Who else would have thought to pay for FEMA’s budget by suing the Catholic Church over property damage caused by acts of God?) And while Trump’s detractors may call him a tyrant, the American people love bullies when the victim is Congress: every time they impeach the president, his approval rating skyrockets.
Ever conscious of his hugely important historical legacy, The Donald plucks disgraced tabloid reporter Jimmie Bernwood–the man responsible for publishing the infamous Ted Cruz sex tape–from the depths of anonymity to become his official biographer, giving him enviable access to the gold-plated White House and all of its secrets.
When Trump’s previous biographer turns up dead, Bernwood must do some real investigative reporting, get to the bottom of a long series of murders…and, if it’s absolutely unavoidable, save the country. The Day of the Donald is a hilariously hair-raising look at the (possible) future of America.