17. Hallucinations by Oliver Sacks, 326 pages, Non-fiction, Hardback, 2012. This is a comprehensive, yet accessible, book on hallucinations of all sorts – visual, auditory, etc. We consider hallucinations to be exclusively for those with mental illness. But the brain is a complex organ, and it processes sensory data differently, depending on circumstance. It took a long time to get through this book; there is a lot of data here. But it was a fun, informative read.
18. Imitation In Death by J.D. Robb (a.k.a. Nora Roberts), 342 pages, Mystery, Hardback, 2003 (In Death, Book 17). A killer is imitating some of the greatest serial killers of all time, starting with Jack the Ripper, and he is leaving behind notes taunting Lieutenant Eve Dallas, by name, to find him. I loved the story, but I found it hard to keep track of all the suspects.
19. Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void by Mary Roach, 334 pages, Non-Fiction, Hardback, 2010. Mary Roach is my favorite non-fiction author, hands down. She brings a sense of humor along with her desire to give a complete picture, knowing how to explain for those of us without a background in science but not afraid to use to the big words when they are called for. This book, she takes on space, from its early beginnings to its possible future.
20. Divided In Death by J.D. Robb (a.k.a. Nora Roberts), 357 pages, Mystery, Hardback, 2004 (In Death, Book 18). Lt. Eve Dallas is faced with a series of staged murders meant to throw suspicion on someone else. This was a nice, quick read.
21. The Zombie Autopsies: Secret Notebooks from the Apocalypse by Steven C. Schlozman, MD, 210 pages, Horror, Paperback, 2011. This is a tale of the zombie apocalypse from the viewpoint of a researcher trying to figure out how to stop the contagion. The few “autopsy drawings” are more horror comic than anatomical. But the concept and the disease vectors are very interesting.
22. Visions In Death by J.D. Robb (a.k.a. Nora Roberts), 338 pages, Mystery, Hardback, 2004 (In Death, Book 19). The killer is brutalizing young women in parks, and then taking their eyes after they die. I’ve become quite attached to the main characters of this universe; I cried while Eve and her inner circle gathered and waited for news about one of their own at the hospital. And I certainly didn’t see the last chapter coming at all; quite a twist on the story.