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Much of this book is encyclopedia-style entries about different sightings and people, but it's a very interesting topic. I liked Reece's commentary, and especially liked his outlook on the whole issue ... Read full review
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The author summarizes information on UFOs from the late 19th century to approximately the year of publication. He discusses abductions, crashes, sightings, and various religions, such as Scientology, that base part of their credos on extraterrestrial life.
The main complaint I have on this book is the excerpts.
The author takes large citations and excerpts them from other sources, and these are always given, as large quotations, in small print size, making them difficult to read. Also, after a while, they become repetitive.
Also, with a few exceptions, if you've read one description of aliens and flying saucers, you really have enough to go on. Sure, there are variations, but the author would have treated his readers better if he had given more of his own experiences and his own comments rather than excerpting large quotations from other sources. Those can go in an appendix or the sources can just be cited in a bibliography, for readers interested in following up.
To me, the author seems only to have avoided work he should have done himself by making these large excerpts, and that's why I gave the book two stars. To me, he was just lazy. Sure, he drove to California (from Alabama) to look at some supposed UFO cites. And that's where the story should have been, in his own travels and findings. Not with these constant excerpts from sources that he always seems to discredit himself. He wants to read malarkey? And in fine print? Is that why they call it fine print? Like in a legal document? It's assumed you will just skip over them. So now the book is about 80 pages long, without the quotations.