A Bookaholic, Pro-life, Pro-Family, Pro-Oxford Comma, Catholic (with Asperger's) who reads and writes as her obsession. I've been reading over 400 books a year lately. These are my ramblings on some of the books I read. To read about all the books I read and comment on, visit me at LibraryThing or Goodreads.

I've been blogging since 2007 and at this point (July 2015) am trying my hand at turning the theme of this blog towards mystery, thriller, and crime, fiction and nonfiction. I have some special interest topics and categories within this broad genre which include (but are not limited to) serial killers, scandi-crime, Victorian history and historicals, history of the criminally insane and asylums, psychopathology, death, funerary practices and burial, corpses, true crime and anything dealing with the real life macabre, or that portrayed in fiction.

I also read a short story a day from various collections, sometimes anthologies othertimes collections of a single author's work. These reviews are also posted here and while they are of mixed genre the mystery, thriller, horror, gothic and macabre often appear within their pages as well.

I also blog about
graphic novels and manga on a separate BLOG.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

142. The Fatal Bullet

The Fatal Bullet: The Assassination of President James A. Garfield by Rick Geary

Pages: unnumbered
Finished: Aug. 16, 2008
First Published: 1999
Genre: true crime, graphic novel, American history
Rating: 3/5

Reason for Reading: next in the series and this library book is due back tomorrow.

First sentence:

The President's mortal remains lay in state for two days in the great rotunda of the Capitol...

Comments: I have to say I wasn't too thrilled with this one before I even started it. An assassination doesn't seem like the same thing as murder to me, there's no detecting for a start. I had also never heard of this American president before (I'm Canadian) so I at least looked forward to learning something new.

The book follows the lives of both James A. Garfield and Charles J. Guiteau (the assassin) from childhood to death. Garfield is presented as a good president loved by the people and Guiteau is shown as a man who slowly lost his sense of reason and sanity and eventually plotted the death of Garfield to save the country. I found it quite interesting that a few people involved were at the assassinations of both Garfield and Lincoln.

As always with this series the artwork is tremendous. Very detailed black and white line drawings that use light and darkness to purvey the feelings of hope and gloom. This is my least favourite of the series so far simply because the story told was not in line with the murder theme of the previous volumes.

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