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. Volume XII Number 9 . . . . January 6, 2006
If you're looking for stories with engaging plots and characters you care about, Premonitions and Psychic Warnings is not the book for you. It is a compilation of 38 reports (in less than 200 pages) involving either fortune-tellers, psychic phenomenon, freakish premonitions, or pretty wild coincidences. Given the number of signs I see advertising psychics, palm readers, etc., there is obviously an audience somewhere for this type of book. Although author, Edrick Thay, is Canadian and lives in Toronto, almost all of his anecdotes appear to take place in the United States. And, while some of the chatty, documentary-style, cliché riddled reports recount youthful periods in the protagonists' lives, most of them centre around adults. From the beginning of virtually each account, the reader knows how it will end: the psychics may be a little hazy on the details at times, but they are never wrong. Had Thay focused on developing any of his protagonists, their settings, and their stories, he may have achieved ‘the very least' of his wishes stated in his introduction: “In the end, these are just stories, which will prove, I hope, entertaining at the very least, and enlightening at the very best.” If you want a mass of anecdotes to bolster your belief in psychic phenomena, then Premonitions and Psychic Warnings is the book for you. If, on the other hand, you're more of a skeptic about the topic, then a few well-crafted stories would, no doubt, be far more convincing than this collection of sketchy reports.
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