Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid: The Book of Scary Urban Legends
14 journalers for this copy...
Just bought this book & started reading right away. It is definately unsettling!
This book was a fast read because the stories were short. It definately creeped me out and I cannot believe how many stories I thought might have been true that I now know aren't.
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Journal Entry 4
Postal Release in Charlestown, Massachusetts USA on Tuesday, February 22, 2005
On it's way to Opheliadrowned.
Delivery Confirmation #0304 3490 0000 1924 1183
Received this one yesterday. I already read the last chapter or so, of the modern ULs and the Internet ones... Very interesting! I definitely am enjoying this book so far. I plan to read for a few hours before bed tonight too.
I actually wasn't able to get through this entire book. Although the parts I read I enjoyed, I just found myself not making much progress in getting it finished in a timely manner. So off to ThanksMom this book goes!
This book reads as a transcription of gathered oral stories and that leaves it without much cohesion. The stories in and of themselves are interesting, especially those that cross cultural lines. I suppose I was expecting something more like http://www.snopes.com where the commentary is as interesting as the legend being told. I wonder if I can adapt a story or two to be told here at Halloween time? LOL
On to Virginia in today's mail.
Received in the mail today. I usually like to read a little before bedtime, but with this book it may not be such a good idea...
6/9/05 Read a couple of stories and decided to send this book on to the next person. The stories I read were interesting but sent a chill up my spine even when I know they aren't true. It would be best if I don't read any further or I probably not be able to sleep at night. Will place in the mailbox tomorrow morning on my way to work.
Arrived safe and sound. I'll be curious if I've heard any of these before. Hmm... to read before bedtime or not? That is the question!
It's funny how many I've heard as being the gospel truth. That or I've heard it as yet another variation of the same UL (Urban Legend). The spiders in the beehive hairdo I heard as spiders in an afro (obviously told when I was a kid in the 70's). Freaky stuff!
Just more proof to question what you hear or read before spreading the information around.
Contacting Alanfoxboro now.
Journal Entry 12
Bookring in Bookring, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases on Monday, June 20, 2005
Released 13 yrs ago (6/20/2005 UTC) at Bookring in Bookring, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases
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Sending to alanfoxboro. Have a spooky good time with this!
I received this book in the mail today. Thanks to nomadbooklvr for the bookring and to sistert for sending it on to me. I will read it and post a review ASAP.
This was an interesting book ot read. I have heard several of these stories told as true, and have received a few of the emails the author includes. It was neat to learn more about urban legends.
Thanks again to nomadbooklvr for this bookring. I will be sending this book on to tchouli tomorrow.
not as scary as i hoped - however the entire section on bugs in your body was ICK. i have learned new catch-words like UL and FOAF - that i have shared w/ others.
thanks for sharing - i have piqued the interest of others in reading this.
mailed today to princesjcm
Received yesterday :-) I've already started reading it :-)
Journal Entry 19
Bookcrosser in Rutherglen, Glasgow -- Controlled Releases on Monday, October 03, 2005
Released 13 yrs ago (10/3/2005 UTC) at Bookcrosser in Rutherglen, Glasgow -- Controlled Releases
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Mailed to Drusillamac
I caught this book in the post a few days ago but this has been my first chance to journal it. Due to other rings/rays this book is about number 3/4 on Mount TBR.
I finished reading this book in work at the weekend. I've been interested in urban legends ever since I first heard the one about the car breaking down in the middle of nowhere and ends with a lunatic on the roof of the car. Brunvand explores this in one of the first stories. I did enjoy reading different variations of certain stories. For example, the story above sometimes end with the boyfriend being hung above the car.
However, I did find that style somewhat repetitve. The little introductions before each chapter were great and I would love to read more of the theory and academic study behind 'urban legends'.
On a last note I love the bookplate inside the book! The scroll seems to fit in with some of the more historical legends. My favourite is probably the one where the mother and daughter check into a hotel. The mother is very sick, the doctor is called and then sends the daughter on a mission to get medicine. You'll have to read the book to find out what happens next!
Off to Dodau when I get an address.
I sent this to FOAF (Dodau) in the post this morning.
Read a bit of this over breakfast this morning. Looks great.
Most of these were stories, or variations of stories that I had heard before. The one about a psychic on the Oprah show predicting a serial killer at a University was a new one, one that I wish I'd known a few years ago. A light, quick enjoyable read.
Journal Entry 25
Surface Mail in Fellow Bookcrosser, A Bookray -- Controlled Releases on Monday, November 21, 2005
Released 13 yrs ago (11/21/2005 UTC) at Surface Mail in Fellow Bookcrosser, A Bookray -- Controlled Releases
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Received it today, thanks!
It was an interesting book, but somehow I expected it to have the most recent ones, of the age of the internet. This is only covered in the last chapter.
I just don't get how people believe some of these things... *roll eyes* :)
This book wasn't what I was expecting...I thought it might tell us the origin of lots of UL's, but it's only a gathering of lots of them and their variations...
-->going to the next reader
Thanks for sharing this book, nomadbooklvr! And Merry Xmas to all of you!!
Journal Entry 30
Mailed to another Bookcrossing member in N/A, A RABCK -- Controlled Releases on Tuesday, December 27, 2005
Released 13 yrs ago (12/27/2005 UTC) at Mailed to another Bookcrossing member in N/A, A RABCK -- Controlled Releases
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Thanks! I am soooo looking forward to this one; although I do have a few rings ahead of it.
Good book! A bit dry and repetitive in places, it did introduce me to myths I haven't heard before and also validated some I suspected were urban legends. Thanks!
Reserved for the next reader.
Journal Entry 33
in the mail in Bookring, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases on Saturday, March 25, 2006
Released 12 yrs ago (3/25/2006 UTC) at in the mail in Bookring, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases
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Got this today. I've got a few other rings/rays ahead of it, plus a few other books I need to get read before the Toronto BC Convention on 4/21 so it'll probably be at least a few weeks before I can start on this. But I should still be able to turn it around within a month, 6 weeks max. I hope this is okay.
Finished this a couple days ago. Some of the stories were pretty good and others were just plain dumb... but that's just like urban legends in general, right? Many of these I've heard of before, in similar variations, and I liked seeing the slight changes from one version to the next, or how different parts of the story were changed or emphasized more than others depending on the time or location.
I'm waiting to hear back from Vanmel424 and will post this to her when I get the addy.
UPDATE 13-MAY-2006: Returning this to nomadbooklvr since Vanmel424 is on vacation. Put in the mail on Monday, 5/15/06.
This was returned to me in the mail today with the following sticker:Box Closed
Unable to Forward
Return to Sender Post Due = $
Waiting to hear back from nomadbooklvr as to where it should go to next.
UPDATE 31-JUL-2006: Sent back out to nomadbooklvr using street address instead of PO box. Sent via Media Mail on Monday, July 31, 2006.
I received the book safe and sound and would just like to say thank you to all of you who took part in this bookcrossing. I am pleasantly surprised at the condition of this book and will now send it on another journey somewhere else.