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Cursed Objects: Strange but True Stories of the World's Most Infamous… (2020. Auflage)

von J. W. Ocker (Autor)

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Titel:Cursed Objects: Strange but True Stories of the World's Most Infamous Items
Autoren:J. W. Ocker (Autor)
Info:Quirk Books (2020), 272 pages
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Cursed Objects: Strange but True Stories of the World's Most Infamous Items von J. W. Ocker

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As a horror fan, I was excited to read this book. It didn't disappoint. J.W. Ocker did extensive research on cursed and not so cursed but should be cursed objects. I knew a few, but there was so many objects I didn't even know about, can technology really be cursed? Ocker's findings were presented informatively but with a bit of humor. I would recommend this to anyone not just horror fans. ( )
  tami317 | Oct 11, 2021 |
This book's subject matter could be highly interesting if wasn't written in a smug, sarcastic, condescending manner and aimed at scaring young readers.

It is simplistic, brief, and has illustrations instead of photographs. It may be cataloged as Adult Non-Fiction, but it is clearly written for children.

Not only did it bore me, the attitude of the writing aggravated the hell out of me. ( )
  Auntie-Nanuuq | Feb 27, 2021 |
Series Info/Source: This is a stand alone book. I got a copy of this from the publisher to review.

Content (4/5): I liked this; it was an easy and entertaining read. I loved learning about these cursed things and some of the history behind them. I was continually disappointed though that there weren't any actual photographs in here, just cartoon drawn images of them. This would have been so much more interesting if we'd been able to see some old-time photos of these objects or at least of some of the newspaper articles and other things that were referenced.

Writing/Drawing Style (4/5): The articles on each object are only a few pages long, so this makes a good coffee table book. I've also been picking it up at night and reading a story or two to my teenage son when we have some downtime. It’s an easy and accessible read. Some of the topics are a bit on the mature side, so make sure to read through it yourself before reading to younger kids. I was disappointed in the drawings and would have loved photographs instead. The drawings were cartoonish and were mostly just distracting without adding anything to the book...I would have preferred they not be there at all.

My Summary (4/5): Overall this is well done and great for those who like reading about weird and curious history. I just kept having to stop and search for photos of the cursed objects being discussed online...would have been sooo much nicer to have them included in the book. ( )
  krau0098 | Oct 30, 2020 |
A collection of famous and infamous items or locations that are rumored to be cursed. The Hope Diamond and King Tut are covered, of course, and some other items that have become well-known for being dangerous in more recent years. Valentino's cat's eye ring, both dolls Robert and Annabelle, the Dybbuk Box, and James Dean's Porsche are here, along with chapters on the prevalence of cursed stones and images throughout the world and cursed cemetery statuary. Even though the illustrations are spooky, I wish there were actual photos. The book is really well-made with heavy paperstock, made to last, and turning it under the light makes the images on the cover shimmer. ( )
  mstrust | Oct 29, 2020 |
The stories are mostly presented in the same way, and some are interesting, but if the author has a real fascination with these items it isn't communicated. ( )
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To steal this book,
if you should try,
It's by the throat
you'll hang high.
And ravens then
will gather 'bout
To find your eyes
and pull them out.
And when you're
screaming "Oh, oh, oh!"
Remember, you
deserved this woe.
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I hate to be the one to tell you this, but many seemingly innocuous objects will make your life suck.
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