nancylebov (nancylebov) wrote,

The clue

I've been reading the most recent Lee Child/Jack Reacher novel, Make Me (library book borrowed from a friend) and even though I've been a big fan of the series, I'm just not terribly interested in this one. I've been continuing to read it somewhat out of stubbornness, and I just remembered I'd dreamed about selling a (store-bought) copy of it to a friend, and I think that was before I'd finished reading it. Well, actually, I also dreamed about realizing that after I'd sold it, I'd previously promised it to another friend, but that plot thread wasn't addressed before I woke up.

I have no idea why I'm not devouring this one, though I remember the previous one was less fun than most of the series.

I think I've been given a message to not bother reading more of it.

This being said, I'd noticed that some of the books have emphasis on particular mental skills-- there was one that had Bayesian reasoning (making percentage predictions of what you think is going to happen and then adjusting them up or down carefully as you get more evidence), one that had keeping track arithmetically of the quantities in the information you've got, and this one seems to be focused on making deductions from close observation and a high level of background knowledge (yes, like Sherlock Holmes, but I think Child is playing more fair than Doyle did). Anyone notice specific mental skills in other books?

Also, I've seen discussion about remembering on dreams immediately after waking up, but nothing about remembering a dream later in the day. Any thoughts, experiences, or resources about this?

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