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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Added to Wish List and Two R.I.P. Books

Just added two books to my wish list after reading Wendy's post about Stiff:  The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach.  I wasn't familiar with Mary Roach, but found several other nonfiction lay science books that she has written that sound fascinating.  I love lay science!

The other book Wendy mentioned was The Mind at Night: The New Science of How and Why We Dream by Andrea Rock.  I've read a couple of novels lately about dreaming (The Vault of Dreamers-post scheduled for Aug. 20--loved, and The Anatomy of Dreams- post scheduled for Sept. 2- not so much).  I also read articles in The Guardian like Sleep May Help Memories Form by Creating New Synapses and Sleep's Role in Memory Formation and Lucid Dreaming Can Be Induced by Electric Scalp Stimulation (my own lucid dreams are rare, but appreciated).

Sleep and memory are also discussed in How We Learn by Benedict Carey (this one was so good, but I haven't scheduled my review yet).  In fiction and fact, dreams are intriguing to most of us.

I've got two great possibilities for Carl's R.I.P. Challenge lined up:

The Pierced Heart by Lynn Shepherd.  "The shadow of Bram Stoker’s Dracula looms large over the darkest mystery yet faced by Victorian detective Charles Maddox—as the acclaimed author of The Solitary House and A Fatal Likeness once again pays homage to a literary classic, in a chilling tale of superstition, dangerous science, and shocking secrets."  

I've read both The Solitary House and A Fatal Likeness by Shepherd and expect this one to be a perfect R.I.P. book.

The Lazarus Prophecy by F.G. Cottam.  A copy cat Jack the Ripper, a connection to the Templars, and a prophecy that is even older.  

I've never read this author before, but the content and the cover make
it look suitable for R.I.P. 

Now, I must leave these two alone until the Challenge begins.  I MUST not go ahead and read them UNTIL the Challenge begins.  


  1. I've got Mary Roach on my wishlist, but haven't quite got there yet: I will be very interested to see what you think.

  2. Vicki - I added Roach to my wish list, but I don't know when I'll get to it. Glad to know you already have her on yours.

  3. The Pierced Heart sounds like it will be really good!

    I hope you enjoy Stiff and The Mind at Night, Jenclair. Stiff is my favorite by Roach of the two I have read by her. I tried Bonk in audio format, but I didn't like the narrator. So, I'm hoping the print version is better.

    I am so fascinated by dreams. I can't wait to read your review of The Vault of Dreamers.

  4. You remind me that Lynn Shepherd is an author I have been meaning to read for simply ages. I must put her on the library list for Thursday.

  5. Wendy- The Pierced Heart and The Lazarus Prophecy are both from NetGalley.

    I'm looking forward to both of your recommendations. I just need time to get to them! :)

  6. Thinking in fragments - A Fatal Likeness had Maddox involved in an investigation for Mary Shelley. Very Victorian, Dickensian style. :)

  7. I added Stiff and The Mind at Night to my list too.

  8. As I'd commented to Wendy's post that I rarely read nonfiction, I find those two books she reviewed are intriguing, and not to mention fascinating. I look forward to your reviews, Jenclair. :)

  9. Irene - They should prove interesting!

    Melody - I'll get to them at some point. :)

  10. I've read many great things about Mary Roach's work.

    The Pierced Heart sounds great...especially being the lover of Bram Stoker's Dracula that I am. R.I.P. IX hasn't even been officially announced and my list is already growing!

  11. Carl - I'm eager to try Mary Roach's works as soon as I knock out a few more books that wait in the que.

    The Pierced Heart does sound good. Since I've enjoyed the previous books by Shepherd, I expect to enjoy this one as well!

  12. LOL, I'm already thinking of books to read for the RIP challenge too! Glad I'm not the only one anticipating it!

  13. Stefanie - I'm all set for the challenge this year, and I'm still resisting reading the ones I've chosen. Although, it is getting harder and harder to keep away from them!