- Fizzy Thoughts: Ghostwalk


Thursday, August 07, 2008

Rebecca Scott
322 pages

Have I ever mentioned I’m not a science person? Well, I’m not. It was my least favorite subject…because I think it’s boring and I don’t understand most of it. And maybe just a little bit because all of my high school science teachers were scary.

I bring this up (my disinterest in science, not the scary teachers part) because there are whole sections of Ghostwalk about optics and light and neuroscience and metaphysics, whateverthehell that is. I feel obligated to offer that up, you know, as sort of a public service announcement. Because reading about that stuff made me want to poke myself in the eye. Oh wait no. There was a very graphic description of Isaac Newton doing that very same thing (seriously…he poked himself in the eye with a wooden needle thingy to see how it affected his vision…I told you scientists were scary!!). Since I’m no Isaac Newton, for a variety of reasons, there was no poking of the eye. There were, however, naps.

Anyhoosie, besides a bunch of science-y stuff, this book is also about a mystery. See, there’s this writer. She’s writing a book on Isaac Newton the eye-poker and his alchemy habit. Then she dies. Mysteriously. So her son hires his former lover to finish the book. Said former lover is also the narrator. She uncovers secrets, falls back into bed with her former lover who is married with kids, finishes the book, uncovers more secrets, and has mysterious woo-woo things happen to her. And by the way, the woo-woo stuff works in this book, as opposed to it not working in the last book I read.

So, a good, if convoluted, mystery that just so happens to be filled with science gobbledygook and the occasional, memorable eye-poking scene. Seriously, it still gives me goose bumps to think of Isaac sticking a wooden needle into his eye. I don’t remember squat about what all he’s famous for, but I do remember that. I told you I wasn’t a science person.

5 comment(s):

Dar said...

I am definitely not a science person-never have been. I don't know that I'd be jumping up and down to read this one. lol. The eye poking thing-big time yucky!

softdrink said...

Dar, I was making some pretty good icky faces during that scene! The premise of the story was good, and the writing was good, and it's received lots of praise, but there were still too many science-y happenings for me.

chartroose said...

You may not be Isaac Newton, but you're a shoe-in for Einstein because he liked to take naps too!

Now that you know you're a genius, what are you going to do with the rest of your life?

softdrink said...

chartroose...I'm following you to that world where we're all rich and don't have to work. Either that, or Disneyland.

M said...

i like science and i like mysterious gothic sorts of books. i think i would like this book. will have to see if my local libary has it.

In a real sense, people who have read good literature have lived more than people who cannot or will not read. It is not true that we have only one life to live; if we can read, we can live as many more lives and as many kinds of lives as we wish. ~S.I. Hayakawa

The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.
~St. Augustine

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.
~Mark Twain

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