The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
Nope, not finished yet. I’m supposed to have read this by 7/3/2013 for nonfiction book group. Everyone I’ve talked to says this is their favorite Erik Larson book. Not mine. I would pick Isaac’s Storm myself. Higher body count and a better read in my opinion. There seems to be no connection between the architects working on the Chicago World’s Fair and H.H. Holmes (the serial killer) except that they happened to be in the same place at the same time. If I wanted to read a book on buildings and the World’s Fair I would buy a book on buildings and the World’s Fair. Owning, as I do, a large collection of true crime books, I’ve already read of H.H. Holmes’ homicide hotel many times. It’s not that it isn’t well written. It is. It’s just. . . . unnecessary.
I’d Know You Anywhere by Laura Lippman, copyright 2010, published by HarperCollins
A pretty fun read but an annoying writing style. Back and forth, back and forth. Past-present, past-present. I hate that. Start with one, then progress into the other. It’s like reading the original arcade game Pong. Remember that game?
When I was in junior high I loved this game. Of course, it was pretty much the only game so it’s not like you had much choice. I’d give you a website for more info, but really it’s just as boring as it looks.
Finished both books. My assessment of The Devil In The White City stays the same. I’d Know You Anywhere however only got worse. The lamest, most dumbass ending ever! According to Stephen King it’s the “best suspense novel of the year.” Really? Only if your reading for the year consisted of Beatrix Potter.