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.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Thunderstruck by Erik Larson

Thunderstruck by Erik Larson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Hardcover, 463 pages
Published October 24th 2006 by Crown
Source: Purchased at thrift store

I've read two other (here and here) of Larson's books and enjoyed them but this is the first one that I was riveted to. The subject matter is absolutely fascinating. Dr Crippen, who I was surprised to find out that I really knew very little about the case. This was my favourite part of the book. The other story is about Marconi and the whole invention and practical use of the wireless telegraph. This got a bit sciencey for me at times, but since Marconi himself never claimed to be a scientist it was mostly quite fascinating as this was a subject I knew nothing about at all. And learning about Marconi, who wasn't exactly that nice of a man was entertaining. The two topics are interwoven together as they cover the same time period and cross paths with each other. Like Larson's other books, this is not just a history or biography, but a social history of the time period, early 1900s mostly in England but also in the US and Canada. The other two books I had settled in for a slow read of each, but "Thunderstruck" had me turning the pages and reading just one chapter more until I had it finished in a matter of days. I will continue to read his backlog as I still haven't read the one I covet the most about HH Holmes and the Chicago World's Fair.

1 comment:

  1. I am glad you enjoyed this so much. It is on my TBR!