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Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

Conditionally, this may be the best book you ever read

This book was amazing and I think it deserves a five star review. But only certain people would like it. First of all, you have to appreciate Mary Roach's style of sarcastic humor. I think it's hilarious but some people don't like sarcasm. Secondly, you have to have an ...
This book was amazing and I think it deserves a five star review. But only certain people would like it. First of all, you have to appreciate Mary Roach's style of sarcastic humor. I think it's hilarious but some people don't like sarcasm. Secondly, you have to have an open mind or a be able to suspend your disbelief. Narrow-minded people who don't look up when someone says "gullible is written on the ceiling" won't enjoy this book. You have to believe from the start that scientific experimentation can measure spiritual phenomena. Also, I'm one of those people who enjoys ghost/haunting shows so if you aren't an avid fan of Ghost Adventures or you're not at all curious about whether ghosts or the afterlife exist, you won't like this book. This book covers many different topics like does the body become lighter at the moment of death as the spirit departs, is reincarnation plausible, are seances legit, near death experiences, etc. I thought it was all very fascinating. You just need an open mind, some curiosity, and a sense of humor to like this book.

P.S. You don't have to be a crazy cat lady or psychic to enjoy this book. Also, if you read Stiff and liked it, Spook is narrated in the exact same way aka it is equally as awesome.

posted by TrickyTasty on December 22, 2010

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Most Helpful Critical Review

5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

Spook left me a little disappointed......

Having read and enjoyed Ms. Roach's previous effort "Stiff," I looked forward to reading Spook. I was a little disappointed however because at the end of the book, you come to realize you haven't really discovered anything. For a book to explore the possibility of life ...
Having read and enjoyed Ms. Roach's previous effort "Stiff," I looked forward to reading Spook. I was a little disappointed however because at the end of the book, you come to realize you haven't really discovered anything. For a book to explore the possibility of life after death, all you come away with the same realization that no one knows for sure what happens to the soul. But it took 200 pages to see I was pretty much right back to the same question. I don't profess to expect her to unlock the secret of course, but I thought the research left a little something to be desired. I guess "Stiff" could be better enjoyed considering it's subject is a tangible matter (even if that matter is corpses). I just felt the Spook was a wasted read.

posted by nycfs on April 23, 2009

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  • Posted November 19, 2012

    Engaging read.

    Engaging read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2012

    Spook is great

    Very informative

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  • Posted September 19, 2010

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    Obvious

    It's almost as if this book should not have been written. It comes to obvious scientific conclusions in every case. Not one iota of doubt in any situation. That being said, there was well documented research done in all topical areas concerened and the writing the spot on. This is the only title I've read my Mary Roach thus far, her further offerings indeed sound more compelling then this one turned out to be.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2006

    Funny and interesting

    Just as she did in 'Stiff,' Mary Roach delivers interesting information in a funny and entertaining way. While this book is more about debunking a few very specific ideas than actually going out to investigate the existence of the afterlife, I still found it to be a great read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2006

    quite disappointing

    I thought that'd I'd get into this but instead she enters each case study completely skeptical and hardly ever seems to give the possibility that what she researches is real. I was hoping she would find some conclusions and scientific proof, one way or the other, that would justify her pessimistic attitude toward the existance of the afterlife. In short it was somewhat of a bore and not very stimulating, I was fooled by the back of the book description. Not the worst book I've ever read but certainly not worth the price. I'd suggest checking it out of your local library if you really feel compelled to read it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2005

    Science Tackles Your Imagination

    This book is a pretty fun read, especially as we approach Halloween. I'd say it's a fun read for believers and non-believers alike. It's a must-read for people who are fascinated by the paranormal, because it presents interesting scientific arguments for ghosts, such as the fundamental idea that energy can neither be created nor destroyed. At the same time, the narration is skeptical, and therefore there is something for everyone. Roach shines a lot of light on the fakes and frauds of the Spiritualist era. Her wit keeps pace with her adventures. This is an easy book to put down and pick up again. It's not the sort of book you feel compelled to read for hours on end, but that's okay. Great for commutes or travels.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2005

    american Indian perspective

    Hi: No one has asked what the American Indian thinks on the subject. It takes 4 days to get to the Spirit world. The individual doesn't have a hell where the wicked go to. Everyone goes to the spirit world, including the wicked. They don't have to belong to a certain religion to become eligible for the spirit world.

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