It’s pretty obvious from the recent proliferation of television shows about the paranormal that people are really starting to be interested in this stuff. (Where where you all 10 years ago when we tried to make a go of newagecities.com?) I think this is a good thing, as I have been interested in the paranormal since I was a teenager.
While perusing the ghost shelves at the public library I happened upon Mary Roach’s book, Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife. Being a “former” scientist I thought this might be a good read. The summary on the inside jacket and reviews of her prior work on the back cover made me think it might even be a fun read. I was not disappointed. The book offers a unique history of the search for ghosts, both by mediums and scientists, presented in a way that is at times laugh out loud funny. Ms. Roach has a way of interjecting humor into serious subjects that make them readable without information loss. Although she covers some modern scientific methods of ghost hunting, such as EVP, to me the focus seemed more historical in nature, like mediums who made tables move and psychics who vomited ectoplasm. I think a more comprehensive review of current ghost investigations would probably have stretched the book out too far and taken something away.
Overall, I liked this book. I would recommend it to anyone with even a casual interest in the possibility of ghosts. Will it help shape your opinion, probably not, but it’s a fun read!