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A 96-page anthology of some of the most astonishing oddities in the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! collection, written and illustrated by an equally mind-blowing mix of comic book legends and rising stars. A collection of 8-page stories and fun facts in the inimitable Ripley style! You’ll have to see it to believe it!
I received an ARC through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
I hadn’t heard a lot of Ripley’s stories, some of them I learned about during my bachelors since they were medical miracles. Most of them were still new to me, at least, the story behind them was.
While it was fun to learn more about Phinneas Gage and the tallest man, even about Beauty and the Beast, it all just feels a bit immature. Which isn’t bad, but since the only things I’ve heard about Ripley’s stories was that they were gory and unbelievable and astonishing, I guess I had expected something more.. gory maybe? And more astonishing?
I am a sucker for happy endings though and I’m glad some of the stories ended on a good note. I have no idea if it’s actually true, if they actually ended this way.. but at least I didn’t feel sad for all the people in the stories.
Another thing I liked was the sort of fact sheet at the end of every story. It contained a bit more backstory, or told the reader what happened after the story. It was great for people who came across these stories for the first time!
All in all the stories didn’t make me want to look up more after I finished it. I liked the stories but they weren’t all ‘unbelievable’. Maybe back in the day when so many things weren’t medically proven yet. I think I would have liked it more if this contained some more condensed versions of the stories and then more stories in general, aswell as more gore. It’s probably better if you’ve known more about Ripley’s before and wanted to read them again, or maybe for kids that want to know more about the stories. What I’m trying to say is that it just wasn’t for me.