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Extreme Encounters [Paperback]

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Item description for Extreme Encounters by Greg Emmanuel...

Brace yourself.
If you’re the squeamish type, turn back now. If you’re afraid of a little blood, read no further. But if you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to be struck by lightning, swallowed by quicksand, or stung by a jellyfish, then fasten your seatbelt and get ready for a wild ride.
Extreme Encounters offers blow-by-blow accounts of life’s most dangerous experiences in thrilling “you-are-there” second person—so you chill to the numbing effects of frostbite, you hear the ear-splitting roar of a tornado, and you feel the stomach-lurching drop of an elevator freefall. Full of harrowing adventure and surprising scientific insights, Extreme Encounters is a journey you’ll never forget.
Greg Emmanuel has written for MTV, VH1, GQ, ESPN the Magazine, Time Out New York, Stuff, and Maxim. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, and tries his darnedest to avoid anything remotely resembling an extreme encounter. 

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Pages   176
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 5.25" Height: 7.5"
Weight:   0.85 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 13, 2002
Publisher   Quirk Books
ISBN  1931686009  
ISBN13  9781931686006  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! GREG EMMANUEL is the author of Extreme Encounters: How It Feels to Be Drowned in Quicksand, Shredded by Piranhas, Swept Up in a Tornado, and Dozens of Other Unpleasant Experiences.He has written for ESPN the Magazine, GQ, Esquire, TV Guide, Time Out New York, FHM, Maxim, NYLON, and Stuff, as well as for MTV and VH1. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Greg Emmanuel currently resides in Brooklyn, in the state of New York.

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Extreme Encounters  Nov 10, 2006
For those who have always dreamed of moments after seeing Jaws, and the like, this book is perfect. Describing all the goriest details in the second person view. I found this book extremely interesting, along as educational with all the scientific phenomena associated with each painful experience.
Do you want to FEEL a quick thrill  Jun 8, 2006
This book was outstanding. The only complaint I have is that it wasn't longer. What I enjoyed most was that each story refers to the characters as YOU, and has enough scenerary information to give you a clear image in your head of where your suppossed to be, then BAM something crazy happens and your drowning in a lake in the middle of nowhere. I could literally taste the water in my mouth during that story. Then after the climax of each story the author throughly describes how each situation can kill you. He is very descriptive and interprets it in an easy to understand language. He must have done his homework to be able to describe those many different situations as he did. I loved this book, it is a quick fun and factual read for anybody at any age level.
So-so  May 7, 2006
I thought the concept for the book a little more exciting than the book itself. The stories seemed too short, and a few end abruptly without much explanation as to what happened next. It seems only obvious that extreme encounters should have extreme details, but that's not the case here. Overall, I think 5th through 8th graders would appreciate this book most.
A Quirky Reprise of Multifarious Demise  Feb 2, 2006
Quirky apropos of its publisher, Quirk Books, "Extreme Encounters" is formatted like one of those books to keep in the bathroom: the information is fascinating but not sufficiently in depth for anything more than morbid curiosity. Nevertheless, this is a fun little book to read, with anecdotes of demise as diverse as the effects of a shark attack to Civil War amputations. In a break from the subject matter (which mostly deal with death or dismemberment), author Greg Emmanuel also describes the experiences of sky diving and rocketing into space in a Gemini capsule.

Emmanuel is definitely on to something with "Extreme Encounters". We are drawn by our fears toward descriptions of what scares us the most, and the author does describe some of the neurological processes that govern our behavior while under life-threatening stress, but the book is a little haphazard and mixed-one can envision a series of books on this topic, more in depth, with the non-lethal, purely experiential anecdotes such as sky diving filling a book of their own.

A consistent theme in this book is our neurological responses to stress in life-threatening situations. Readers can get more information about these responses than Emmanuel offers with Laurence Gonzales' book "Deep Survival".

So what DOES it feel to die?  Jun 1, 2005
So what does it feel like to die? According to author Greg Emmanuel, it all depends on how you go. 39 separate, horrible fates are chronicled in this book, and though not all of them end in death, they do all make your skin crawl. The categories include When Animals Attack, The Great Outdoors, Somebody Get a Doctor, Crime and Punishment, Everyday Mishaps, and Going to Extremes. Most of the scenarios only last for 2-3 pages which makes this a great book to pull out at parties and read aloud from, or take with you on vacation. The story style is conversational and informal, and the book length is a scant 175 pages, so it's a quick read all around.

Yes, the stories are creepy and gross, and at times they'll make you laugh though you might feel a little guilty for doing so. This is a novel and fun book.

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