What I’m Reading: Devil in the White City

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I just finished listening to the audio book of The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America by Erik Larson.

Here’s what Amazon had to say, “Erik Larson—author of #1 bestseller In the Garden of Beasts—intertwines the true tale of the 1893 World’s Fair and the cunning serial killer who used the fair to lure his victims to their death. Combining meticulous research with nail-biting storytelling, Erik Larson has crafted a narrative with all the wonder of newly discovered history and the thrills of the best fiction.”

Well that wasn’t much of a description…so I guess it’s up to me to give you a little more.  The book is really two books in one.  The one tells all about the building and time in Chicago during the World’s Fair.  One of the things happening in Chicago at the time was that there was a serial killer on the loose.  The two stories don’t mix though.  The serial killer attended the fair and his businesses were close to the fair but that’s about all the two parts of the story have in common.

If you want to know about the World’s Fair, the book has a lot of detail…if you want to know about the murders, there is limited detail.

Amazon readers give the book 4.3 stars…I am having trouble mustering that many stars.  If the book had been split into two-one telling of the fair and the other of the murders I would have been so much more happy.  As is, it’s a little dry.  I’ll say 3.5 stars.  Unless you like history, I don’t think there’s much there.  For me the book seemed disjointed.  Looking back, I wonder why I finished it.

What I’m Reading: Badlands

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I just finished up listening to the audio book Badlands by C. J. Box.

I liked the book.  There were a couple things that I didn’t love though.  In the end a child is put in danger to get the bad guy.  In real life that would have never happened.  Also the book is completely set up to have a sequel.  Two mysteries are presented but only one is solved.  The other is left hanging and will (I presume) be solved in the next book.  I wish I would have known that from the beginning because I kept asking myself..well what about that other part of the book.  All in all not a bad book…I’ll likely pick up the next book once it’s out.

Here’s what Amazon had to say, “Twelve-year-old Kyle Westergaard dreams of getting out of Grimstad and leading a better life. Even though Kyle has been written off as a “slow” kid, he has dreams deeper than anyone can imagine. One day, while delivering newspapers, he witnesses a car accident and takes a mysterious bundle from the scene. Suddenly he’s in possession of a lot of money―and packets of white powder―and Kyle can’t help but wonder whether his luck has changed…for better or for worse.

When the temperature drops to 30 below and a gang war heats up, it’s up to Cassie to help restore law and order. But is she in over her head? As she is propelled on a collision course with a murderous enemy, she finds that the key to it all might come in the most unlikely form: a boy on a bike named Kyle. He keeps showing up where he doesn’t belong. And he seems to know something that Cassie does not about what lies beneath the surface of this small and troubled town… ”

Amazon readers give the book 4.4 stars.  I think I’ll give it a 4.  I just wasn’t quite happy that the book couldn’t stand alone if the reader wished it to.

Quilt Book Review: Foolproof Crazy-Quilt Projects

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C&T Publishing is so kind and sends me review copies of some of their quilting publications.  They come as ebook versions and I have loved taking a little time before bed and “paging” through them.  Recently I checked out a copy of  Foolproof Crazy-Quilt Projects by Jennifer Clouston. (photos courtesy of C&T)

I saw the cover of this book..and I saw these slippers and knew I wanted to take a look at this book. [Read more...]

What I’m Reading: Pretty Girls

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I just finished up listening to Karin Slaughter’s newest book Pretty Girls: A Novel.  I was so excited to see that she had a new book out.  She had been won of my favorite authors that I have read everything from.

Sadly I didn’t love it.  The book does not include any of my old favorite characters that I have come to love.  The book is a complete stand alone…but that’s not all that didn’t excite me. [Read more...]