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Communion Mass Market Paperback – Feb 1 1988

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Avon; Revised edition (Feb. 1 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380703882
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380703883
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2 x 17.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 662 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #314,215 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


“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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By LeBrain HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on April 25 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Whitley Strieber claims to be an abductee -- a person taken by aliens against their will for their own unknown reasons. Strieber, a talented author in both fiction and non-fiction, admirably peels back the layers on a few mysterious evenings in his life and finds a lot more than he bargained for. Strieber previous to this was not interested in the subject of UFOs at all. In order to read this book, one must accept Strieber at his word. He is the first to admit that his recollections may be flawed, but here they are stripped bare.

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!

5 stars.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 17 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I was afraid to read this book and finally I did, it helped me bring back memories of my own abduction as a 4 year old child and also strange things that happened in the same vein when i was 12 years old. It still scares me to death and it seems as Whitley says, there is no escape, if you are marked, they will come after you, and it's no fun being one of the "chosen." Also I have personally seen the saucers in the skies on different occasions. Scarey!! How can it be denied?
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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 connate a certain type of book. Communion is neither. It is to be read and absorbed, not analysed or debated for its veracity. The premise of the story, for me, exists outside of what is "true" and what is not.
Rather than being a story about an alien abduction, it is much more about Strieber's own journey of realisation, discovery, and healing. The reviewers who say that this book frightened them, I can see why: The first fifty pages or so are fairly frightening. However, the other threehundred-odd pages deal with Strieber's grappling with how to heal himself, how to deal with what he had perceived to have happened.
It is important to read this book not as a science fiction or science fact book, but rather as a man's struggle to heal. I found some parts of this book to be slow and occasionally confusing. Additionally, Strieber's writing can be difficult to follow and repetitive. Finally, he tends to get a bit too "new-agey" for me at points. Despite this, however, you cannot help but to feel the resurgance of hope, the renewed faith and tenacity which he experiences with his facing of the unknown.
This book is not meant to be frightening, it is meant to be a testament to inner strength.
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Wake up and smell the surgical fluid people! Whitley Strieber was, and still is, a fiction writer. He writes fiction! This is just his "Blair Witch Project" or "Fargo". To be honest the whole alien abduction thing is probably best looked at from John Mack's observations as a psychiatrist who has worked with these people. The other guy Budd Hopkins is just plain dangerous and is suggesting things to people during his therapy sessions.
Strieber has done brilliantly with this book but unfortunately he went the extra mile and did not say that is was a load of bunk after the release. He did however reverse his whole position on it one time...
from "The Communion Letter"
Whitley Strieber's cover letter from the Spring Issue, 1991; Volume 3, No. 1.
Dear Reader:
I would like to thank you for your patronage of the Communion Letter. Your subscription ends with this issue, and we are not taking new subscriptions or renewals. A list of available back issues is printed on the reverse of this letter for those who may be interested in collecting.
I had always intended to run the newsletter about two years, and that amount of time has now passed. During this period the Communion Letter has gained a large circulation and, I believe, published some remarkable articles.
But all good things must come to an end. I am not a UFO researcher and do not wish to endure the continued media attack that is associated with being involved in this field. In addition, the so-called "UFO-ologists" are probably the cruellest, nastiest and craziest people I have ever encountered. Their interpretation of the visitor experience is rubbish from beginning to end. The "abduction reports" that they generate are not real.
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