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, September 20, 2015

Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson

Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Hardcover, 430 pages
Published March 10th 2015 by Crown
Source: Review Copy thanks to Penguin Random House Canada

A very readable narrative on the sinking of the Lusitania but more importantly on the days leading up to it and how the US became involved in WWI. I knew nothing about this topic more than the basic knowledge any average reader would have and found it an entirely intriguing history and study of the cold-blooded callousness that exists during war. However, it certainly wasn't a page turner. My interest in history has always been at a social level and this book is more about an event, politics and the military than people so while I didn't find it hard to read, I also didn't find it hard to put down either. Once the book got to talking about the passengers my interest was more keen and I certainly read the second half of the book faster than the first. I'm glad to have read it, but not a page-turner for me.

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