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July 14, 2011


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Great post, Robert!

Just looked at my copy of Life After Life by Dr. Jim B.Tucker, and sure enough, it depicts a child opening a door leading to the sky.
Nice artwork, but surely a creative artist could find newer, more compelling ways to illustrate reincarnation.

I hadn't paid attention before, but you're right Robert, there does seem to be a lot of redundancy in paranormal literature covers.

(My copy of psi Wars has a bent gun on its cover but the latsest ed. of Wiseman's "Paranormality" also has the spoon and Birdgstock's "Beyond Belief: Skepticism, Science and the Paranormal" also has a bent spoon on its cover).

I think one of the most beautiful covers would be a human eye with a background of stars, representing the connection between human being and the universe, between mind and matter. Sure there are books with a similar cover but I can not think of any.

Philip K. Dick's http://www.amazon.com/Eye-Sky-Philip-K-Dick/dp/1400030102/ref=ntt_at_ep_dpt_11

Eye in the Sky.

My favorite book of his -- albeit the only one I've read.

Off topic, but for those intellectually malnourished folks that don't follow Michael Prescott's blog, this link to a hilarious short skit by John Cleese is featured in his current post, courtesy of Greg @ The Daily Grail.

Make your day - Check it out:

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