Communion Mass Market Paperback – Feb 1 1988
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From School Library Journal
YA Strieber has a reputation for writing well-researched nonfiction. Were it not for this reputation, readers would be more tempted to dismiss as fantasy this account of visits he has received from a non-human group. In the winter of 198586, the visits became both more frequent and more visible. Strieber sought the help of a counselor/hypnotist, who did not accept the alien hypothesis. Eventually Strieber's wife was also hypnotized. The accounts both Striebers gave under hypnosis and the memories that surfaced after hynosis, as well as several witnesses to aspects of the visitations all corroborate that something abnormal occurred. Strieber is careful not to jump to any conclusions; in fact, he philosophizes at length about the possibilities which include aliens, an as yet unidentified aspect of the human mind, or some generally invisible earth inhabitant such as fairies. The book is fascinating as long as it sticks to the basic account, and the ways in which the Striebers chose to research the phenomena. The passages of hypothesizing are more longwinded and will be of less interest to young adults, but they do remind readers that the Striebers have not accepted a single answer to the puzzle even now. Any readers who have interest in the unexplained will appreciate this book. Dorcas Hand, Episcopal High School, Bellaire
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“Powerfully written and involving!” (New York Times)
“Strieber comes through as both sensible and sincere...His book deserves to be taken seriously.” (Boston Herald)
“Powerful...Strieber’s storytelling ability makes his own terror and confusion feel real to the reader...Compelling reading.” (Seattle Times)
“...COMMUNION is surely the most throught-provoking book on UFOs and alien visitation published so far.” (Rocky Mountain News)
“Patently honest...There is no doubt this man has endured experiences of compelling realism.” (Vermont Sunday Magazine)
“Vividness of detail and depth of feeling...Convincing!” (New York Tribune)
“A fascinating story...And it certainly could be true.” (Detroit News)
“Should give second thoughts to even the most hardened skeptic!” (Dow Jones News)
“A convincing case.” (Houston Chronicle)
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I found the most chilling aspect of Communion to be the transcripts of hypnosis sessions. These are truly terrifying and it is easy to imagine what Strieber saw on those nights, so clear are the descriptions.
Most important here are the descriptions of Strieber's actual encounters. When taken at face value they mesh perfectly with other accounts, and are hard to dismiss. If one digs deeper, there is very little here to sooth the questioning mind -- merely more questions. Strieber never discerns his visitors' intentions. There is a common theme of apocalyptic warning (which apparently inspired Whitley's earlier novel, Warday) but not much else to divine exactly what these visitors are here for, or even where they come from.
The other books in this series are not essential. This is the one. Get it. You should be able to polish it off in a couple days, it is a page-turner!
As the other reviewers mentioned, it is a chilling story. Yes, I also suffered from nightmares after reading it. Strieber was already known for his other books before "Communion" ("The Hunger", "Wolfen", etc.) Interestingly, Strieber claims that his horror novels were based on his subconscious fears caused by his lifelong abductions, unbeknownst to him when he wrote the novels. Because it is so well written, I think even skeptics would find it at least entertaining if not enlightening. Without a doubt, it's one of the scariest books I've ever read.
Readers of "Communion" might also find "Report on Communion" by Ed Conroy also interesting. I also recommend any book by Budd Hopkins, or "The Andreasson Affair" series by Raymond Fowler.
I had dreams of my parents being abducted as a kid, but I don't remember seeing these creatures, but their faces are really unnerving to look at. I've never seen one that I can remember, except in pictures and drawings. It's their eyes, they're so big and dark.
I think part of what contributed to my emotional response to this book is what I perceived as a very strong underlying tone of Whitley's own terror, expressed in the words of his book. Whitley has a radio program now and he's certainly toned down quite a bit and sounds much less fearful nowadays.
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I also peed myself reading this because I waited so long for it to get interesting when I should have just went to the bathroom instead.Published 12 months ago by some guy
I love this book. Whitley Strieber takes you deep into his abduction experience with the 'Visitors'. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Tracey L Ferguson
The book did not "blow-my-socks-off" but I am still pleased to have it in my collection of books to read.Published on Jan. 23 2014 by C. Boisvert
This book is a well written account of alien sightings and abduction. Even for non believers. I read it when it was first released and have since sent it to a friend.Published on Sept. 17 2013 by Beckey Langley
I read to page 50 and the bad grammar and atrocious spelling took it's toll.
The subject matter (alien abductions), is being used by a hack writer to make a buck. Read more
It is important to go into this book with an open mind.
For me, the entire premise seems to exist outside of the realm of fiction and nonfiction, as both of these genres... Read more
The events described in the book are hard to believe, the author admits as much. But what you learn from Communion is that there is a lot to learn if you can keep an open mind. Read morePublished on May 4 2004 by Thomas Bonar
I was twelve years old when I first saw the image on the cover of this book worn on a novelty button by one of my friends. I promised myself to one day read it. Read morePublished on April 19 2004 by T. M. Mewborn