Orion Reads
a diary of books etc.

Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Stiff - The curious lives of human cadavers

Have finished Mary Roach's Stiff. It's pretty good. Especially if you like gross stuff. Disection, Weapons Testing, Car-Crash Testing, Rotting, Eating, Composting, Other kinds of Rotting.
As Lucia put it, she writes with just the right amount of irreverence and jokes so that you're able to keep your distance (and keep reading) while at the same time not being too flip and levitous.

Also, i have to add that of the various ways of being disposed of after i'm dead, Susanne Wiigh-Mäsak's organic composting is very appealing. They freeze you in liquid nitrogen, vibrate you to powder, freeze-dry you and then compost you. It's fabulous. You can be mulched in under the tomatos.

And of course she somehow missed life gems.

Have started Heaven Eyes by David Almond. Initial impressions are that it may not really be for me, but i think i'll finish it. It's about a trio of foster home children who run away, so far.


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