Fringe-ology by Steve Volk

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Overall, I'd give this book a 4/5--it's a great, easy read, neither light nor dense but somewhere placidly in between.


“Fringe-Ologybrings a poet’s eye to the frayed edges between the known and unknown, beliefand skepticism. . . . A dive into the paranormal even a hardcore skeptic like myselfcan enjoy.” —Mat Johnson, author of Pym

Takea strange and unsettling trip into the heart of the paranormal universe asjournalist Steve Volk tries to answer some of the most fundamental questions atthe heart of human existence. Fringe-ology will appeal to anyone curiousbut cautious about reports of paranormal experiences, psychic phenomena, andother unexplainable events—anyone who has ever wondered about the existence anafterlife, intelligent life on other planets, or the limits of extrasensoryperception. For fans of Fringe, Mythbusters,Medium, Heroes, Nova, and Lost, Volk’sscintillating journey into mystery illuminates the furthest boundaries ofpossibility and wonder.


About Steve Volk

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STEVE VOLK is a longtime staff writer and regular contributor at Philadelphia magazine. His work has been published by Rolling Stone, Vibe, Men’s Health, Men’s Journal, The New Republic, Philadelphia, Philadelphia Weekly, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The St. Petersburg Times and InPittsburgh Weekly. He has received dozens of state and national journalism awards and appeared on numerous radio and television talk shows in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. He lives in Philadelphia.
Published June 7, 2011 by HarperCollins e-books. 339 pages
Genres: Other, Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Kevin Meares on Jul 05 2011

While it won’t be the “ah ha” proof of the paranormal that some hope for more than enough material is presented to get the reader seriously questioning what they believe about what is real and what is myth.

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Reviewed by Richard Grooms on Oct 30 2012

It’s enormous fun to read, and you may come away from it feeling smarter, or at least feeling that your belief system is a bit less intact. 

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Reviewed by Descartes on Nov 20 2011

By the end of Fringe-ology, Steve Volk has allowed himself-and encourages his readers-to give up on their hardline beliefs and take a chance on the idea that all believes have something going for them.

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Reviewed by Furorpoeticus on Sep 25 2012

Overall, I'd give this book a 4/5--it's a great, easy read, neither light nor dense but somewhere placidly in between.

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Reviewed by Matt Rice on Jul 27 2011

If you’re just looking for some great, thought-provoking storytelling, then Fringe-ology is the book for you.

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Reviewed by Kirsten Thorne on Jul 26 2011

Judging by the reviews the book has received, I am fairly alone in my assessment here.

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Reviewed by Eric Oullet on Jul 22 2011

 I would not be surprise if this book is transformed into a television documentary about a journalist’s quest to understand the paranormal.

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Reviewed by Robert McLuhan on Jul 22 2011

I can only admire Volk's extraordinary skill in pulling it off so well.

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Reviewed by Tony Morrill on Jul 16 2011 yourself a favor and pick up this book. And while you read, even if just for a moment or two, try to let your biases go and just absorb the information for what it is. After all, you just may learn something new.

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