Ng but the rest f it certainly tickled the giggle glands While I was in the Middle East there was this story trending about a preteen child usually a girl who suddenly disappears in a shopping mall The frightened mother informs the mall staff and immediately they down the shutters and start searching After a frantic hour the kid is discovered in a toilet hair cut dress changed and drugged An apparent attempt at daylight kidnapping has been averted at the last momentI think all Cleopatra's Palace: In Search of a Legend of us across the globe can relate to such stories They always happen to a friendf a friend Enquanto a Inglaterra dorme or foaf in this agef abbreviations just beyond Happy Ever After: Escaping Narrative Traps About How to Live one s reachf personal corroboration The person who tell you the story will swear by it however heshe will Werewolf PTA only be lost when you ask for concrete evidenceThese are the famous Urban Legends tales which are frightening funny disgusting awe inspiring they apparently start spontaneously and spread like wildfire and have amazing tenacity The story I uoted above apparently had its beginning something like half a centuryr ago in the US It s still going great gunsIn this book Scott Wood chronicles the legends that envelop and define the iconic city The Little Demon of London Manyf them are not really urban as they have been carried Prince From Her Past over from history but their currency makes them a valid addition to the genreThis book is a light read The author does not delve deep into the psychological aspectsf legend creation rather he is interested in tracing how and why such a legend might have started In the process he gives us fascinating insights about London a city I have visited four times in my life and would love to visit again as it lies inundated in history and mythSome stories I loved1 Sculptors who commit suicide because they made a mistake2 The devilish gargoyles Vademecum Per Gli Operatori Nei Beni Culturali Ecclesiastici of Cornhill3 The ravens in the Towerf London4 The London Stone5 The creepy corpse in the tube6 The plague pits scattered all ver the place7 All the cr. Lades hidden and where did all these parakeets come from Did they really belong to Jimi Hendrix Urban legends are the funny frightening and fierce folklore people share Just like the early folk tales that came before them which were attempts to explain the spiritual world these tales are
I d probably give it 35 starsIt s not actually a collection f legends as you may think according to the name Mass Murders of the book it s like a research dedicated to urban myths The book is divided into 22 chapters eachf them tells us about some particular kind Blessed Are You Who Believed of urban legends There are uite a lotf them the legends about famous landmarks and people about public transport the Tube about animals and much Scott Wood not Archeologia del Sottosuolo Metodologie a Confronto (2 Vol Set) only writes about the most popular urban mythsf London he also confirms if they are based Buried Secrets on real factsr not According to this book not all Operación Primicia: el ataque de Montoneros que provocó el golpe de 1976 of those legends are invented by people s sick imagination Something strange really happens in London from time to timeAt first I thought there will be different short stories in this book but the author himself says the following Some urban legends are straight narratives the Corpsen the Tube and the Accidental Theft are stories that can be told retold and remodelled according to their teller Others are composed Why Pandas Do Handstands of ideas that float in the ether waiting for an event to bring them all together again and it explains everything perfectly The legends are still nice and the book is informative enough And a bit funny The uotes which precede each chapterf London Urban Legends really suit the stories I especially liked Charles O Hegarty s song The Body in the Bag I couldn t help laughing while reading the textScott Wood also says that it might be hard to read his book for the people who s never been to London but personally I felt uite comfortable while reading maybe it s because I m familiar with the history f the city London The Biography by Peter Ackroyd helped me with that I didn t feel lost r confusedTo sum up it s a nice book for those who is interested in the history The List: el día en que mi vida cambió of London and urban mythology and for anyone who loves this place It definitely wasn t a wastef time for me A fascinating book n the myths f London Needed it for some research I am doi. How long has a corpse been staring Submission With a Stranger out at passengersn the tube Was London Bridge really shipped abroad by an American thinking he’d bought Tower Bridge Did the ueen really mix with the crowds as a princess n VE Day And did Hitler actually want to live in Balham Where are there razor
Eepy tales f criminals8 Spring heeled Jack and Jack the RipperA nice book to while away a lazy afternoon A look at urban legends surrounding London covering everything from plague pits to dead passengers n the tube to Jimi Hendrix s parakeets Wood s definition The Rat and the Tiger of urban legend is a little loose at times some just being rumors that lack the story elementf a true urban myth but his style is amusing and the facts about London are fun to know Could have used a little tighter copy editing as there are some irritating typos There is something deeply mysterious in the air Pirate Princess of LondonAm I biased uite possibly yes but I ve had the blessing to find myself walking in its streets many times and what I felt there I haven t felt in anyther cityThe shadows that are cast Otogi Zoshi: Volume 1 over its buildings during the Blue Hourthe mist that arises from the waterf Father ThamesWhen darkness fallsthe visitor expects to hear the sound Arcadia of carriages upon cobblestoned streetsmysterious passengers headingn shady endeavors men in top hats and the butterflies The Essential Elizabeth Montgomery: A Guide to Her Magical Performances of the night standing under the flickering lightf the lamp posts Yestoo much Dickens and Tom Hardy s Taboo can have that effectbut anywayWhat is really special and interesting with this book is that there aren t Il bicchiere scrivente only urban legendsf Damaged our recent times but also tales that would have been considered urban legends in the 16th century andnwardsmost Table For Two of them basedn actual events that had a significant impact Disney Manga: Descendants - The Rotten to the Core Trilogy Book 2 on the London societySculptures that are considered cursed and buildingsf misfortune whose creators ended their lives with their L'ispettore Alì al Trinity College own handinns and public houses with mysterious passageshidden alleys that lead nowherewater that runs through the wallsf the cityUrban tales about Alexander Mcueenabout the Beatlesthe Lots Kejsarn av Portugallien of interesting stories about London the kindf thing that a friend Fol of a friend had happen to them Written by a local SE author as well so that s an extra bonus poin. Ormed from reactions to spectacular events in the modern world and reflectur current values From royal rumours to subterranean legends Scott Wood has researched and written about them with a sense f wonder humour and a keen eye He finds the truth the myth and the lies amongst these tale.