As you might guess from some of my other posts, I am enough of an Internet Old that this was a re-read for me. I thought it held up beautifully.
Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania is another piece of historical non-fiction by Erik Larson, who brought us The Devil in the White City. It isn’t quite as gripping a read as its predecessor, but it’s definitely worth your time. Told from about four points of view (the German U-boat that sinks her, the passengers on the Lusitania and her captain, President Woodrow Wilson, and Room 40 of the British Intelligence Service), the book addresses the build-up to the US’s entrance into The Great War (World War I). The submarine as a weapon had come a long way […]
This was a CBR Book Exchange gift from a couple of years ago; I thought I found it from a review on here but apparently not! I’m not quite sure what to make of this book, which isn’t to say I disliked it.
It would be heartening to believe that the misalliance between myth and medicine is at an end and that today murders are examined only through the prism of the scientific method, but this is a comfort we may not have. – Kindle Edition location 2253 It took me a while to finish this one, and in the end it wasn’t really the book I wanted, alas.
A Study in Scarlet Women is not a book I expected to like, not really. But yesknopemaybe’s review made me curious enough to download a sample and the writing made me curiouser enough to download and very nearly devour the book. It’s not what I thought.
Alice hated being interesting. (a couple of times throughout the book but p. 287 is where I recorded it.) I didn’t love it. I didn’t hate it. I’ll probably seek out the follow-up books, but I already know that the thing I think needs to happen–Alice becoming the Queen of Hearts–won’t.
Lookit what came in my mail yesterday!
Short review: Kind of but not exactly Leverage in space. I liked it; not as much as The Martian but hey — economic caperism on the moon. Hard to argue with that.