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An Illustrated History of Ghosts (The Illustrated History Of)

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An Illustrated History of Ghosts is a cute little book which was a surface and light read about the history of ghosts. 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. 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. I understand it's a short book, but some of the things mentioned are glossed over to the point it really wasn't worth including them. 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.

There were some instances of 'this may have been' and 'some historians believe' without clarity on who, and how credible, these opinions are. A bump in the night, the crack of floorboards and the uneasy coldness of a room… signs we might attribute to a ghostly presence. The style of this book is very much a mix of historical and factual information on the paranormal (and those who took advantage of people’s gullibility around it), and all the fun pop culture stuff! As we move into Halloween weekend, what better time to talk about “An Illustrated History of Ghosts”.Like Adam Allsuch Boardman’s earlier work with Nobrow Press, An Illustrated History of UFOs, An Illustrated History of Ghosts is a stylishly produced, colorful piece of graphic art that provides a basic but thorough introduction to ghostly myths and legends throughout the world. I’ve shared a couple of pages in the slides to illustrate that; I found a lot of the historical parts about how different cultures approach the concept of ghosts really interesting, but as a noted pop culture fiend, I particularly enjoyed all the mentions of ghost related books and films a lot too! An Illustrated History of Ghosts is the latest instalment by Adam Allsuch Boardman in his Illustrated History series.

The prose could have been a little more professionally written with smoother transitions and better care taken to juggle reader interest and information. I received an advance reader copy of this book to read in exchange for an honest review via netgalley and the publishers. The artwork is by far and away the biggest asset to this book, it straddled the line between infographic and illustrative style in just the right way, and every page was full of fun characters and objects to make this a really visually engaging read.The pre-loved books are carefully cleaned and maintained offering a wide variety of general and specialist titles from children's to adults. 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. Adam Allsuch Boardman is an illustrator based in Leeds, who recently completed his BA Illustration degree at Leeds College of Art. Whether you are a ghost fanatic or simply piqued by curiosity, you’ll get a robust deep dive into the experiences of paranormal occurrences, alternative explanations for these occurrences, and our culture’s fascination with them.

I would have loved to read something like this when I was younger and in my first moment of awe and insistence of watching ghost hunting videos and shows and adamant that ghosts and spirits are real. This isn't a book I'd normally pick up myself, but Nobrow were kind enough to send me a copy and I'm glad they did! Boardman's artistic style is clean and crisp but I found the overall experience pretty surface level as a newbie to this series.

To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. It looks beautiful as a ‘coffee table book’, the illustrations and fun and it’s definitely something for paranormal enthusiasts.

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. When it says it's a history book, it only ever briefly touches on each moment and each haunting, never sticking around long enough that you get any real depth. Your access to this site was blocked by Wordfence, a security provider, who protects sites from malicious activity. 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! I didn’t expect the book to go into such detail about things that I, personally, might not have even associated with ghosts (such as magicians).There were a few instances when really interesting details or myths were alluded to but the prose failed to go into more detail, or it was jammed into a list format that didn't help bring the subject matter to life for me. 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.

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