Or maybe you'll remain a skeptic. Either way, this book will definitely leave you something to ponder.
a Funny Thing Happened on The Way to Heaven Taylor Corey 0091949661
View 1 comment. Jul 16, Burgoo rated it it was ok Shelves: read-in , nonfiction. Sometimes a book turns out to be very different than your expectations. A Funny Thing Happened is an example of this phenomenon. What happens is that Taylor discusses some odd ghostly occurrences that he has experienced, including one adhoc investigation performed by Taylor and some friends. At this point, I should probably mention that I come to this book as neither Sometimes a book turns out to be very different than your expectations.
At this point, I should probably mention that I come to this book as neither a metal fan nor a true believer in the supernatural. I do, however, have an open mind, and am fascinated with the phenomenon of paranormal investigation groups. I was hoping that A Funny Thing Happened would provide an interesting view into this subculture.
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What did I get? For the most part, these stories are great. Yes, the stories are weird and creepy, just like the best ghost stories always are. Now Taylor comes off as a more intelligent guy than you might expect, but I really have no interest in his own pet theories. Think back to the guy telling ghost stories around the campfire — do you care about his theories?
Or do you just want to hear more spooky stories? Taylor puts so much of his own personality and personal life into the book that those who are looking for more will be disappointed. View 2 comments. View all 3 comments. Jun 17, Heather rated it it was amazing Shelves: To those who like reading about religion, Corey Taylor is likely to split the masses not exactly a shock to those who have read Seven Deadly Sins. But where atheists like Richard Dawkins make you want to violently punch walls with their attitude, Taylor brings a dose of humour along with a reflective look at himself.
He never slams anyone for their belief, but just makes it clear what he says is merely his own belief. And why is this remotely relevant to a book about the existence of ghosts?
Well, as Corey himself says, "I do not believe in God. How can I mock the existence of Jehovah and his creepy-winged minions while straight-facedly maintaining that there are ghosts, spirits, poltergeists and haunts among us? How can I go on record with a whole book for that matter, dedicated to my versions of the various events in my life, knowing full well that I might be regarded as a hypocrite at best, a nutcase at worst? If you're a believer of the paranormal, then you'll find his experiences captivating.
More so, if you're a Slipknot or Stone Sour fan, you'll find it incredibly cool that Corey is on the same wavelength as you and has the stories to back it. However, if you're a non-believer, this will read like a crazy man's ramblings. Luckily, Corey notes that himself. For skeptics though, those who sit in the middle ground, this is really interesting. Not sitting fully at one end of the spectrum, the reader can be swung from side to side, finding the stories themselves haunting and unsettling but also finding some moments a little hard to swallow.
But is the point to grab you by the shoulders and scream in your face that ghosts exist? Well, no. It's openly concluded that this is just a host of personal experiences, with hope of starting a dialogue into the subject. It's certainly got one person thinking, and probably a few others. The book is just Corey Taylor.
Though the stories may be dark at times, or the science-based stuff might feel a bit too academic to some, his humour and wit is ever-present, as well as his ability to deviate into random trains of thought, with a neat splattering of dick, fuck, fart and shit to boot. One book I will compare it to is James Kakalios' The Physics of Superheroes in that, when you accept a certain exception to how we view the world - the 'miracle exception' - then everything is completely plausible, from Superman's jumping abilities to the Flash's great speed.
Though Corey's proposal of 'intelligent energy' is likely just smart conjecture, if you make the relevant exception that ghosts are, generally speaking, completely real, his explanation seems completely plausible. A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Heaven seems like it's going to be packed with a mass of ghost hunting expeditions and doesn't quite live up to that particular hype, but delivers a lot of personal insight into a side of Taylor's life that many never really knew.
It also reads a bit like a personal tour through his homes over the years, with a number of anecdotes thrown in for good measure. For one, it's a really enjoyable read and - regardless of personal beliefs - was well worth it, and at no point do you lose his own personality in the process. Apr 08, Liz rated it it was ok Shelves: magical-creatures , non-fiction. This book was given to me by a friend after we'd had a discussion on ghosts and the supernatural. While occasionally entertaining I can't really say that this book is truly worth reading. It is something to read on a train, or a busride, or a flight just to pass the time and be done with it.
The write style is, obviously, simple and a bit crude.
It did not bother me except for the occasions when Taylor decided that it would be funny to write a sentence consisting almost solely of swear words. So This book was given to me by a friend after we'd had a discussion on ghosts and the supernatural. Sorry, my sense of humour is a bit more complicated than that. The ghost stories themselves were certainly intriguing although, as always, the problem lies in the question of believing.
A bit weird "filler" book for in-between. For those who like Corey Taylor, ghosts and ghost stories or both. Jul 10, Hannah rated it it was ok Shelves: ghosts , rolls-eyes. He's a very funny guy, who always seems to have some quirky snippet of info to share.
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Which is usually crazy and sometimes quiet enlightening. He is a talented musician, singer and all round a messed up guy. He's taken some dark paths in his life that have almost killed him but made him stronger in the long run.
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Which made me so very eager to read more of his inner workings. This however was in simple terms dull. He rambled on for pages about religion and don't get me wrong, I'm not religious but neither am I atheist. This is one issues that bothers me a lot when all facts aren't presented accurately, if you don't believe in religion then why write about it. Yes we all know people like to believe they are superior because, either A they are crazy religious or B they like to think they are far to intellectually magnificent to believe in any religion.
I truly don't care either way, Corey is obviously well read and we all know he likes to be heard. I just can't help feeling this was a lot of mundane waffle, rather than experience's that change or shaped his life. The arguments he highlighted through out the book were some what amateurish and not very thought provoking, which is what I guess he was aiming at achieving? The paranormal aspects, which were more or less put on the back burner, were quiet childish in their simplicity but I liked them, they felt raw and perhaps even real though I have no experience of anything supernatural myself, I could still see the potential for some great story telling.
I'm not quiet sure as to what the purpose was of this book, though perhaps there was none and it was just some light entertainment, though the subjects he presented were anything but light. I think one book was plenty from one of the most talented musicians in rock. Jan 25, Gail rated it it was ok Shelves: public-library. The encounters he had with the paranormal tended to lose all impact due to his tendency to prattle on and on and on. I often felt like he was generating cheap filler to hit "book length". This would've made an interesting short essay; it's a shame he didn't realize that.
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HIs analytical skills seemed lacking. He claimed to rail against god, but he was actually dissing religion. He consistently used "hung" instead of "hanged", which I assume was a deliberate choice or else his editor is a twit. He seemed sure his reader would find words like "entropy" above their level. The ghost sightings he discussed were not compelling, partially because he comes across as someone who lacks the capacity to deeply think about any given situation so I'm left assuming he didn't notice alternative explanations staring him in the face.
Around page I realized I really didn't care what else he had to say -- it would undoubtably be more of the same pointless blather -- so I closed the book and returned it to the library. Jul 16, Lita rated it it was amazing. I will say it, I love this book. I discovered Corey Taylor amazing vocals on Can to Can't through the Sound City project and as research does, I stumbled upon the fact that he is a writer. Anything about ghosts will catch my interest so I sought out the book and read it in one day. Corey clearly states his beliefs in the paranormal supported by his personal experiences, some with witnesses.
This is not a platform simply to prove he is right. The book, while entertaining the reader with his wit and fantastic stories, poses questions to make the reader think. Maybe I embraced the book because he brought out so many discussions that I have had myself and have come to the same conclusions. If you have an open mind and make it through the book, you'll have a whole lot of questions to ponder when you finish reading it.
That's a good thing. This books sets out to start a conversation and if it does, it has achieved it's goal. You might also find out why your lights flicker.