Monday, September 1, 2014

Ripley's Believe it Or Not- Reality Shock!


Ripley's Believe it or Not- Reality Shock!

Review by Lauren

Source: copy sent for review; all opinions are my own

Review: I've been sent a few different Ripley's books to review in the past and I always find them to be really interesting. I'm one of those people that like strange stories and random facts, so Ripley's definitely fits into that. I'm not a huge fan of the animal pages since spiders and certain things really freak me out, but besides that, I'm not really disturbed by any of the photos or stories within these pages.

As a Doctor Who fan, it was cool to see a two-page spread full of just DW information, like a man who owns 1,200 Daleks. Sheesh, that's a lot!

I find myself particularly attracted to the art sections of Ripley's because it's amazing to see what people can create with such unique mediums. There is an artist named Anastassia Elias who creates miniature scenes inside toilet paper rolls. I found some photos online that show off her work, so I thought I'd include a couple photos below (do not own images!):

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I won't go on and on in this review, as most of you have probably seen a Ripley's book before and know what to expect. If you have not, they are worth checking out!

20 comments:

Tracy Terry said...

A lover of facts myself, the odder the better, this sounds like my kind of read. And what a great cover.

cleemckenzie said...

I think this would be a great gift for someone. Me, for one. Loved those pieces of art inside the toilet paper rolls.

Vanessa Morgan said...

I didn't know the book, but it looks fantastic.

Melliane said...

Oh yes it's really beautiful. I confess that I didn't know about the author or I don't think so but if he is that popular I should try one day.

Brandi Kosiner said...

I haven't seen any books of this, just some of the musuems

Tanja - Tanychy said...

I haven't heard of this book but it seems really interesting. I don't usually read books about some facts but this one seems worth reading. Great review, Lauren :)

Kindlemom said...

I loved watching the TV series they use to have and was sad when it was cancelled. I bet I would really like this read.

Medeia Sharif said...

I love paper art.

My students love these sorts of books.

Montana @ The Book Belles said...
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Montana @ The Book Belles said...

That art is so creative! I'm curious about how the artist managed to fit that much detail into such a tiny piece.

I don't think I've read a Ripley's book before, but I've seen them around. They definitely sound very unique ;)

Cleo Bannister said...

Great choice there is always something to find to interest you in a Ripley's book.

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Erika Sorocco said...

My sister used to be obsessed with these books - they're so weird! I want to get them for my nephews!!

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Heidi@Rainy Day Ramblings said...

Gosh I remember reading these books when I was kid. They are always full of such weird and interesting facts.

Krysten Quiles said...

Love these weird and interesting facts!

L-Diggitty said...

Those miniatures are soooo beautiful! I can barely paint my own toenails without havoc ensuing... much less do something that delicate! So cool!

Christy @ Love of Books said...

That's cool about the Doctor Who stuff! I'd love to have a massive collection like that. Maybe. :)

A Voracious Reader said...

I used to watch the show (hmmm...that might be telling how old I am lol), but I've never read a Ripley's book. I need to see if the library has some! And those toilet paper rolls...wow!

Rachel said...

I'm a fan of random and strange facts, too! We had a book on our coffee table while I was a teenager and I think the title was something like that: Strange Stories and Amazing Facts? Something similar. Anyhow, I totally get creeped out by spiders and insects so I'd have to skip that section as well. Great review, Lauren! :)

Liviania said...

Those miniatures are cool.

kimbacaffeinate said...

We have been to one of the museums, but I would love this for the Doctor Who stuff alone!


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