I’m a sucker for in-universe books, and as a lifelong fan of the Ghostbusters, I felt obligated to check this out.

And I’m glad I did! This is a great little book, with a legitimately informative first half that gives a great overview of the real-world history of paranormal research before gently transitioning into the in-universe history (and fictional scientific theory) of the Ghostbusters world, all while written in a really, fun, laid-back conversational style.

This is a good refresher for adults who are into casual supernatural science stuff, an even better introduction to paranormal history & science for, say, middle school-aged kids, and an all-round great treat for any Ghostbusters fan who wished a book like this had existed when he/she was kid when the first flick came out 30 years ago. In fact, it’s kind of a shame that the new movie takes place outside of continuity with the old films, because the author(s) of Ghosts From Our Pasts would’ve undoubtedly had a field day incorporating stuff like Tobin’s Spirit Guide and the works of Ivo Shandor into this thing.

Anyway, yeah, thumbs-up. This is a way more entertaining book than you’d expect a one-off bit of licensing to be. In the very least, if you know a kid who digs the new flick (especially if that kid happens to be a little girl and/or is a science nerd), grab them a copy of this thing ASAP.