Monday, August 11, 2008
Remember when I said that the 000s-100s is a rather interesting category? Particularly because this is where you'll find books on the paranormal, ESP, UFOs, and the like. Since that was never really a fascination for me, I've never really explored that section. Having inadvertently skipped the 000s in my Random Shelf reading challenge, I rectified the situation by randomly choosing Alien Astronauts, part of the Secrets of the Unexplained series.
The question of whether or not there is life on other planets is something that has been debated for decades. Gary L. Blackwood provides an array of debunked accounts (and photos) in addition to unexplainable occurrences, pictures, and accounts. The engaging writing and fascinating pictures, both black and white and color, will further whet the appetite of those intrigued by the subject. Blackwood is not a sensationalist and, keeping in mind that this is for a juvenile audience, doesn't include the more frightening and salacious accounts available. Although it may not fully convince skeptics, this very readable book is a neat springboard for further discussion and research.