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Official Review: Anatomy of a Ghost;

Post by ReviewerDiksha » 05 May 2018, 09:15

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Anatomy of a Ghost;" by Robin M. Strom-Mackey.]
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3 out of 4 stars
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Man has always been fascinated by the things that he couldn’t understand. Ghosts, spirits, life-after-death, and near-death experiences are some of the things that are still shrouded in mystery. There are staunch believers who, sometimes, claim to have witnessed such a thing; there are people who adamantly refuse to believe in this stuff because they think it is unscientific; and then, there are sceptics, the ones who don’t want to be superstitious but are ready to keep an open mind. No matter what category you belong to, Anatomy of a Ghost will resonate with you, one way or another.

Written by Robin M. Strom-Mackey, this book is the product of her about-a-decade-long career as a paranormal investigator. It is an account of the things she has seen, stories she has heard, theories she has read, and all the experiences that she has accumulated over the years. In Anatomy of a Ghost, Strom-Mackey gives the first-hand account of what it is like to study the paranormal. Owing to movies and TV shows, people have formed their own, rather wrong, concepts about supernatural phenomena. Trying to rectify these misgivings, this book presents paranormal investigation in a whole new light.

It tells the readers about different types of ghost stories in different cultures. It explores and compares the traditions of different societies; and discusses the origins of certain myths and folklore and how they fit into the popular culture. It provides an insight into the inception and the history of paranormal investigation and, also, tells us about a bunch of scientists who were a part of this community. What adds to its authenticity is that the author has used science to explain everything. So, even if you are someone who doesn’t believe in the paranormal, you can’t disagree with the science that explains it.

There were some good stories in this book. The way they were told is what made them better. The writing style felt welcoming and friendly. It’s like the author was inviting me into her world, giving a sneak-peak of how things work down the rabbit-hole. Anatomy of a Ghost might not frighten you out of your wits, but you can’t go to sleep with this book. It is scary that way. What makes it eerier is that it is not fiction, the author is not making it all up. It is the result of a thorough research by an unbiased mind. If not for the scare, you can read it to simply understand the traditions and beliefs that circulate certain parts of the world. In this sense, this book can be quite educational. It employs a balanced mix of science and spirituality to explain the concepts that otherwise seem extraordinary. The smart explanations will compel you to think about these things, even if you’re not a believer.

My rating for Anatomy of a Ghost is 3 out of 4 stars. As much as I enjoyed reading this book, there were a handful of grammatical mistakes that prevented me from giving it a perfect rating. If you like watching scary movies or reading ghost stories, or you are someone who wants to find a meaning behind all these mysteries, then you should definitely read this book. The logical and scientific approach of the writer makes this book stand out of the horde of other books available on the same subject. As a student of science, it was refreshing for me to read about the things that I had read in school, but in a completely different context.

This book will quickly hook you to itself with scary stories, and then, slowly, it'll transport you to a zone where you begin to understand everything, especially when the science kicks in. The air of mystery hovers throughout the book, and you'll find yourself more and more interested in the thoughts that the author wants to convey through it.

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Post by stacie k » 05 May 2018, 22:36

Although it could be interesting to learn about the folklore of different societies, the scary aspects of this book deter me. I appreciate your informative review!
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Post by AmySmiles » 06 May 2018, 00:05

Too bad about the grammatical errors. I think I may add this to my list though, these types of books do interest me. Thanks for the review.
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Post by Sahani Nimandra » 06 May 2018, 00:21

Too bad about the grammatical errors though. The book seem very promising but what fascinating me the most is the first hand encounter on her actually decade experience with the paranormal agenda. A real live experience is a worth read. Thank you!
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Post by AkieCJ » 06 May 2018, 03:52

The book is too fascinating and i think real experience is worth reading. But i feel too bad for grammatical errors. Thank you.

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Post by Snowhite189 » 06 May 2018, 08:51

I got scared easily with the title I know everyone would be very eager to know about Anatomy of Ghost, There are different version in the story with the encounter with the ghosts, i don't know if the author emphasized that this really happened and if they conduct an interview with persons involved, did they also conduct an investigation and invited a paranormal expert? Yeah I hope by continuing reading this book I will have all the answers.
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Post by kandscreeley » 06 May 2018, 11:08

I can appreciate that there would be those that would love this book. I'm not one of them, though. I'm just not really into ghosts or ghost stories or proving ghosts are real. Thanks, though.
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Post by Schwartzdboss1234 » 06 May 2018, 17:05

I got scared easily with the title I know everyone would be very eager to know about Anatomy of Ghost, There are different version in the story with the encounter with the ghosts, i don't know if the author emphasized that this really happened and if they conduct an interview with persons involved, did they also conduct an investigation and invited a paranormal expert? Yeah I hope by continuing reading this book I will have all the answers.

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Post by MsTri » 07 May 2018, 10:50

While I don't personally believe in ghosts, I do love a good ghost story, so this sounds like my kind of book. I'm especially interested in how different cultures and societies perceive ghosts, as well as the history of myths and folklore. Thanks so much for the introduction and thorough review!

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Post by _lina » 07 May 2018, 10:59

Maybe I believe in a ghost. Because there's a one time I've seen my door opening it slowly. But I respect also the others opinion so all I can say is I love your introductions and review. Keep up the good work. God bless

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Post by drunyan » 09 May 2018, 22:54

I am drawn to this book because I do believe they exist. I am particularly interested in the scientific ways of documenting them. Sounds like a good read.

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Post by Kitkat3 » 10 May 2018, 17:58

This sounds really interesting, because I love all things paranormal and any science that may exist to prove its existence. Great review!

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Post by bwill93 » 10 May 2018, 19:28

I am legitimately interested in reading this book now. I recently read a book by Dr. Raymond Moody, the man who coined the term near-death experience. His scientific approach to supernatural phenomena was carefully explained and justified. It sounds like this book also views the supernatural from a scientific approach, which is great. I love the multi-cultural approach to ghost stories as well, which is unique.

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Post by Ginnamassa19 » 13 May 2018, 05:03

Your synopsis and critique of this book has me intrigued, and I'm tempted to pick it up :) I especially like that there's diversity in the stories--death and the paranormal/world beyond are a big part of any culture, so i think it's a really interesting lens through which to learn about different cultures. Thank you for your insightful review!

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Post by haleygerstenberg » 14 May 2018, 16:46

I haven't ever really read anything in this genre before, sounds like it could be interesting, and I would like the more factual/researched approach. You've definitely piqued my interest with this review, thanks!

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