Thursday, 30 April 2015

Tales of Tinfoil

This is an amazing set of stories about those conspiracies that refuse to lie down.

Tales of Tinfoil Tales of Tinfoil

My review -

Sometimes you just fall in love with a title! This is an anthology of stories on the theme of conspiracy theories. They are not simply rehashes of the theories themselves but fictional extrapolations or possible explanations of the things that won’t lie down. We’ve all heard about the JFK theories, of how many people think Elvis didn’t die and the suspicion that the Apollo 11 moon landing was a fake. You’ll probably have heard of Roswell and Area 51 and you may have heard of the HAARP project. If you haven’t, each story is followed by a little piece on the current theories which abound on that topic.

This is a slightly off-the-wall collection in which each story is very well told and the historic setting explained but the whole idea is quirky and imaginative. The title comes from the idea that conspiracy theorists are middle-aged men who live in their mothers’ basements and wear tinfoil on their heads ‘so nobody will read their thoughts’. It’s tongue in cheek but the introduction is written by an academic who studies conspiracy theory – and there’s a lot of it out there. If you’re looking for a collection of well-crafted stories, many of which will make you smile and all of which will give you pause for thought, this is the book for you. It’s an extraordinarily good read and I enjoyed it immensely.

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