I am very sorry that I have not been updating the blog at all since February, The end of my Junior year of high school was rather difficult, and I found that I had less time to spend on my research. All that should change this year. I only have three classes this year so I should have plenty of time for research.
In the meantime, I did read two good UFO books that I'd like to review.
Otherworldly Encounters: Evidence of UFO Sightings and Abductions by Nomar Slevik.
This book is Nomar's second work concerning the world of UFOs. When I first saw this book, I thought it was going to be a wide-reaching examination of the current evidence for UFOs and abductions as the title suggests. Instead, it was a casebook of stories from Maine, which is where Nomar is located, which is exactly what his first book was. I'll be honest, I was initially a little disappointed that the book was just another collection of stories. But, the stories did turn out to be extremely interesting and almost entirely previously unpublished stories. Nomar writes with a passionate, but conversational, vigor that is entertaining and a joy to read. There is plenty that is intriguing about the stories but don't get fooled by the title!
Thieves in the Night: A Brief History of Supernatural Child Abductions by Joshua Cutchin
Joshua's third work may very well be his most important. Like his other two books, a major focus of the book was a specific aspect of faerie lore and how it connects to modern fortean occurrences. In this case, he explores paranormal child abductions and related phenomena. Joshua delves incredibly deep into the history, psychology, and folklore behind the changeling story (the idea that certain children are kidnapped and replaced by a faerie. Joshua also explores other faerie meddlings with children and reproduction. He then begins to look at more modern phenomena from witches to giant birds to Sasquatch to -- most extensively -- supposed alien abductions, missing fetuses, and hybrids. The conclusion which Joshua suggests is utterly fascinating and incredibly important to the fields of forteana and ufology. He also writes with a chilling prose which draws you in and makes you unable to stop reading. This book genuinely frightened me (something which has never happened with any book before). It is an absolutely fascinating read and is most certainly a must-read for every researcher in any field of the strange!