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If this book had been written by somebody else I likely wouldn't have bought it as the subject is merely of passing interest to me. However, I really enjoy Ms Roach's witty and engaging style of writing and I felt sure that she would entertain me as she has in other books. In truth, I didn't quite enjoy this one as much as
Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers
Packing For Mars
. A lot of the book focuses on scientific investigations and details a number of experiments so it is not that surprising that the author was not always able to keep her characteristic light and jaunty tone throughout. Still, I did enjoy it on the whole and will likely read it again. By the way... prospective purchasers should be aware that this book is actually a re-release under a new title of Roach's
, published in 2005.
I really enjoyed this book. Mary Roach is one of my favorite authors. The book touches on what might or might not happen after we die. I did not know that her book "Spooked" is the same book with a different title. I would not have asked for both had I been aware. At least I now have a copy I can loan friends without the worry of it being lost and needing to replace it.
Like other reviewers I got both Spook and Six Feet Over: Adventures in the Afterlife expecting them to be different books. Wrong. Same book different title. I rate it 1 star for the abject dishonesty involved, although I enjoyed Six Feet Over despite the fact that she got Edison and the Elephant wrong. Edison was the investor of the electric chair, see "Edison and The Electric Char" and that was far from the first elephant he zorched.
Mary Roach é o tipo de jornalista que vai fundo nos assuntos que decide abordar. Em Six feet over ela chega a viajar muito para descrever as ideias locais sobre a vida após a morte. A leitura é absolutamente deliciosa.
I really wanted to like this book. And I enjoyed Mary's writing style and the book wasn't too bad. It just didn't hit the mark for me - the only chapter I found particularly interesting was the discussion of when the soul enters or leaves the body and how the discussion has been influenced by and influences religion and medical practice.
The rest was mainly descriptions of interviews with others about their experiences (eg: re-incarnated children and their families) along with some investigation into areas such as spiritualists.
It wasn't full of interesting anecdotes / historical facts or anything that was more in depth than you might get in the Mail on Sunday.
I finished the book though so it worth the effort but it promised so much more!