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The Devil in the White City
The Devil in the White City: A Saga of Magic and Murder at the Fair that Changed America | Erik Larson
Erik Larsonauthor of #1 bestseller IN THE GARDEN OF BEASTSintertwines 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.From the Trade Paperback edition.
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FantasyChick
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I'm going to give everyone until the end of the night before I count all the points for the #WinterGames mostly because I'm too lazy to grab my laptop 😂

Back to work tomorrow so I'm going to enjoy my last few hours of freedom with my first book of 2020 😊😊

#JingleBallers

@erank58 @MoonWitch94 @Laura317 @LaurensLibrary @Book.ish @IndoorDame @SmartSassery @TheDrunkenLibrarian @CSeydel @amcollins @wideeyedreader @EadieB @SamAnne @TheBookDream

EadieB @FantasyChick Great book! Loved it! 3w
FantasyChick Oh good to know @EadieB I've been wanting to read this for so long! 3w
EadieB @FantasyChick I pretty much like all his books! Excellent writer! 3w
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SamAnne It‘s been on my list for awhile! 3w
wideeyedreader Oh I love this one! It‘s so good! 3w
book_em_danno One of my favorites! 3w
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TheJuj
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“Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men‘s blood.”

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cassiopia
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Hey Littens! This Christmas season is crazy at work, but I have to take a moment and brag about one of my booksellers. Not only is she passionate about books, but she's super creative too! Case in point, this AMAZING endcap. The details are crazy awesome... even the ornaments are themed! I'm one proud manager.

Crazeedi That's very creative, awesome employee 🎉 1mo
vivastory This is really awesome 🤘📚👏 1mo
Cinfhen Really good!!!! Thanks for sharing 1mo
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Lynnsoprano
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My #SantaThing package came today. Thank you to my Secret Santa for these great choices. Unfortunately, the gift card from Amazon says @michelynn2016 and that tag doesn‘t come up in a Litsy search😕

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Pretty photo!!! 1mo
Lynnsoprano @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thanks! It‘s been a dreary, rainy day, so I lit a bunch of Christmas candles and thought this would make a nice backdrop. 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Lynnsoprano it‘s perfect ❤️ 1mo
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SquidgetsRoom
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Been looking forward to this one! BONUS: I can use it in my Hunt the Serial Killer (HSK) Challenge on GR!

CoverToCoverGirl I‘ve been told it‘s really good! 2mo
SquidgetsRoom I have seen it around for a while but didn‘t look into it until recently. Something else I read was more or less based on the story of H. H. Holmes so, now I‘m fascinated!! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2mo
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TamTracy
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Pickpick

I honestly thought the book was supposed to be more about HH Holmes than it actually was. The story was about the development and construction of the Worlds Fair which didn‘t interest me as much. I did learn a lot and was intrigued about parts but I guess it just wasn‘t what I expected. Well written and very historical. Glad I ended up reading it. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

RamsFan1963 I guess I'm the only person, who read this book, who found the parts about the World's Faire far more interesting the the serial killer parts. 2mo
AnneCecilie I found both parts interesting since it is the Faire that makes it possible for him to continue for so long without being noticed or causing suspicion. @RamsFan1963 2mo
TamTracy @RamsFan1963 I found it more interesting than I thought. I‘m not a history buff but I am a fan of true crime. I did learn a lot! 2mo
TamTracy @AnneCecilie I agree! I did enjoy the whole book. It just wasn‘t what I expected. 2mo
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Lizpixie
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Finishing the tagged book gives me the #History prompt on my #NFNov #BingoCard #TIL - the Mayor of Chicago that presided over the fair was assassinated two days before the closing ceremony by a paranoid delusional man who thought the mayor owed him a high ranking job. Well, it‘s 6am here so I‘m heading off to bed for a few hours. See y‘all soon!🙋🏻‍♀️ #MrBook1InAMillion #24B4Monday #readathon #LitsyPartyOfOne

Clwojick 9 pts 2mo
Andrew65 You‘ve certainly earned that sleep! 2mo
MrBook Gotta get to this book. You‘re awesome!!! 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻☺️🤗 2mo
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Lizpixie
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#NFNov This book was fascinating, not just for the true crime aspect but also for the behind the scenes accounts of the 1893 Chicago Fair. That they managed to pull it off & made it as spectacular as it was was miraculous. As for Holmes, I can‘t believe he got away with what he did for so long, he had a devil on his shoulder for sure. #TIL - The designer of Central Park was the Landscape architect for the fair. #MrBook1InAMillion #24B4Monday

Lizpixie Pic is also of my snacks for #LitsyPartyOfOne 2mo
Lynnsoprano Snacks look yummy! Now I‘m even more anxious to read this book. 2mo
vivastory I actually found the passages about the world fair a lot more fascinating than the sections on Holmes. Great book. 2mo
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julesG You are a machine!!! 2mo
Clwojick 4pts! 2mo
Andrew65 Words fail me! 🍾🥂 🏆 2mo
MrBook Oh yeah!!! 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻🤗 2mo
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Lizpixie
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#NFNov Just a quick update, I‘m at less than 100pges left and I‘m totally gripped by the stories. I‘m pleasantly surprised to find that the White City portion of the story is just as interesting as the Devil portion. Who knew that 1890s architecture & construction could be so thrilling? How‘s everyone else doing? #TIL - the first ever Ferris Wheel was built for the fair & had a height of 264 feet. #MrBook1InAMillion #LitsyPartyOfOne #24B4Monday

wanderinglynn Ooh, this one is on my TBR for this weekend! 2mo
Clwojick Amazing time! 4pts 2mo
Andrew65 😍😍😍 2mo
MrBook 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2mo
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Lizpixie
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I fell asleep before posting this morning, I managed over 5 1/2 hrs and am over halfway through this book. It‘s midday here & I‘m still tired(staying up till dawn reading does that to you!)so I‘ll probably do an hour or so of an audiobook before getting stuck back into this. How‘s everyone else doing? #MrBook1InAMillion #24B4Monday #readathon

Andrew65 Well done , a great start. 2mo
jb72 Great job! 2mo
FantasyChick That's awesome! How are you finding the book? It's been on my TBR forever but I keep forgetting to grab a copy 🤦‍♀️ I'm fascinated by H H Holmes 2mo
MrBook Wow!!! You are rocking it!!! 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻😎🙌🏻 My midnight starts soon! 2mo
Clwojick Love that booksleeve 2mo
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Lizpixie
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Just about to take a quick break to make a cup of herbal tea so I thought I‘d get in a time update. Almost at 3hrs & on pg115 which is a pretty good time for a NF book(I always read them slower🤷🏻‍♀️) Totally in love with the book sleeve from last months FairyLoot, it‘s a quote from Dracula, it‘s waterproof & has a zip so books stay where you put em. Back soon🙋🏻‍♀️ #MrBook1InAMillion #24B4Monday #readathon #NFNov

jb72 You are doing great! 2mo
Amiable I loved this book -- so good 2mo
Andrew65 A great start. 👏👏👏 2mo
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julesG Great start! And I'm slightly jealous of your time zone right now. 😁 2mo
Alora Woohooo great start! So jealous of your early timezone start! I‘m ready to go! Lol 2mo
Rachel.Rencher Good job! And a great book 😁 2mo
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Lizpixie
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It‘s past midnight here in Sydney so it‘s officially the start of my #MrBook1InAMillion #24B4Monday #readathon The hubby‘s going up to his sisters for the weekend so I‘ll be able to read without anybody bugging me! Let‘s see if I can make double the time this ‘thon! Kicking off with this NF about the Chicago Worlds Fair & the serial killer that stalked it. Who else is joining in this weekends fun?🥳

jb72 That‘s been on my TBR for a bit. I hope it‘s good. Good luck! 3mo
MrBook WOOHOO 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻! This one‘s on my TBR! 3mo
Clwojick Whoop whoop! Good luck dear! ♥️♥️ 3mo
Andrew65 Look forward to seeing another great total from you. 👍😊 2mo
Lynnsoprano Thanks for getting this party started! 🎉🎉❤️ 2mo
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SquidgetsRoom
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Book mail!!

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Lizpixie
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I was planning on starting another library book this morning but I‘m falling behind on #NFNov so I‘m giving this one a try instead. I very much enjoyed Dead Wake by the author, a NF about the sinking of the Lusitania, plus I‘ve heard great things about this so I have high hopes. It could fit a few prompts on the #bingo card, True Crime, History, Found On Litsy or Suggested By A Friend so we‘ll see how we go!😈🏰🏗🏢

vivastory I greatly enjoyed this one, I've been meaning to read more by this author 3mo
Reagan Erik Larson is one of my favourite authors. I can confidently recommend all of his books! 3mo
Lynnsoprano This is one that‘s piqued my interest whenever it‘s come up. I‘m almost finished with my current NF, may have to consider this. 3mo
rsteve388 1 pt 3mo
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Kshakal
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I love a really well written non-fiction book!!! #nonfiction #gratefulreads @OriginalCyn620 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

OriginalCyn620 🙌🏼📚❤️ 3mo
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BibliophileLibrarian
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Starting this book on my honeymoon while my husband takes a nap❤️ We have visited many Frank Lloyd Wright houses this week and I finally picked this one up.

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hike.read.repeat

Started listening to the audiobook but had to give up. I just can‘t get much of a boner for history. 🤷🏽‍♀️

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calhoun_jake
Pickpick

Scary to think this is based on a real story, but great read

Lifeisasnap I felt the same way. Creeped me out. 3mo
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ladygrey
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Incense lit. Tea made. This makes a good October read!

Bklover Love this book! 3mo
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the_next_chapter101
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Mehso-so

Didn't see the point in all the extra history when it was supposed to be about a man who murdered a bunch of innocent people and children. Not the best Nonfiction I have read this year. 3/5⭐

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emz711
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Pickpick

Sooooooo good. HH Holmes!
In The Garden was interesting but Devil had me hooked! Nonfiction was never so frightening and riveting. Can't wait for the movie!

thank you for the add @SanjanaGhosh
#moviewasbetter #devil #hhholmes #worldsfair #ferriswheel

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savvy24
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Surprisingly enjoying this even though it's a little slow and full of a lot of facts. I've been on a true crime kick since watching the new season of Mindhunter.

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erinreads
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I‘m finding both storylines super fascinating and I get the alternating chapters bit, I do, I just wish I could keep going with one instead of being thrown into the other after every chapter. I guess it does allow me to digest the book slowly, which isn‘t a bad thing. I have read 4 other books since starting this one earlier this week. 🤷🏼‍♀️

Lcsmcat As a practical matter, how else could he have organized it? 5mo
erinreads @Lcsmcat Well, ideally, since I‘m into both, I‘d want two complete books for each. 😂 But I know by the end of this I‘ll appreciate how he structured it since I captivated by all of the events. 5mo
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erinreads
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I‘m off work this week and giving myself 3-4 tasks to accomplish every day to have productive, yet still relaxing, days. The first one will be the easiest, I think, especially with my sleepy, little companion next to me. 😻 #staycation #damnfinecooper #catsoflitsy

Crazeedi Have a relaxing week!! 5mo
nelehelen Love this book! And what a cutie! 😍 5mo
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CoffeeNBooks
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#LetsTravelAugust I learned so much about both #Chicago and H.H. Holmes from reading this book.
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @OriginalCyn620

KathyWheeler One of my favorite books! I picked it up for the H.H. Holmes story but found I unexpectedly enjoyed the architecture parts even more. (edited) 5mo
OriginalCyn620 Sounds really good! 5mo
ladym30 Love this book!❤️ 5mo
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EadieB
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Day 25 - #Chicago #DevilintheWhiteCity #ErikLarson #LetsTravelAugust

This excellent read immediately came to my mind for Chicago!

Bringing Chicago circa 1893 to vivid life. A book that intertwines the true tale of two men - the brilliant architect behind the legendary 1893 World's Fair, striving to secure America's place in the world: and the cunning serial killer who used the fair to lure his victims to their death.

OriginalCyn620 Sounds good! 👌🏻 5mo
Twainy I‘m still laughing about this book. I finished this book thinking what a horrible horror novel it was cuz it read more like true crime. LOL (it was recommended to me as a great horror novel) ... as true crime it was really good. 5mo
EadieB @Twainy That's funny! 5mo
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mreads
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Pickpick

Mostly of a history of the 1893 World's Fair, which is quite fascinating with a large dash of serial killer added for spice. #audiocrafting for the #cozyswap

#nonfiction2019 something with an unlikable character (that would be the serial killer Holmes, though by all accounts he was incredibly charming 😉) @Riveted_Reader_Melissa

Amiable I loved this book 5mo
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rambiepaige
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Very excited to start this one again! Maybe I should‘ve waited until the spooky season started? 🧐☠️🎃👻

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wideeyedreader
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Centered around the Chicago World‘s #Fair, this is a blast to read! So. Much. History! #letstravelaugust

Crazeedi I totally enjoyed this one 5mo
OriginalCyn620 👌🏻📚🎡 5mo
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erzascarletbookgasm
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Chicago 1893. The city was hosting the World‘s Fair (officially named World‘s Columbian Expedition). The book is based on the true story of how the #fair was designed and built to become an attraction for people, the story of the architect‘s fight to build it, and spine-tingling stories of murders and deceit.

#LetsTravelAugust

marleed What stays with me a couple years after reading this book are the smells - what to do with all that manure! 5mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🖤🖤🖤 5mo
Cathythoughts I see I have this one stacked! 5mo
OriginalCyn620 👌🏻📚🎡 5mo
Lcsmcat I loved this one. 5mo
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LiterarySloth
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Pickpick

Definitely a page turner. Switching back and forth between the architects and designers of the Chicago World‘s Fair and H. H. Holmes made this a very interesting read. It‘s insane how Holmes could be so persuasive and get away with what he did for so long.

⭐️: 5/5

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LiterarySloth
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With how suspicious the circumstances were, I can‘t believe how long it took for him to be caught. Charm got him so far. I may end up assuming everyone is a serial killer by the time I finish this book lol

gradcat I loved this book! 📖 ♥️ 5mo
lynneamch I've read 3 more of his books, because I liked this one SO much. None were as good. 5mo
LiterarySloth @gradcat same! I‘m recommending it to everyone. 5mo
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LiterarySloth @lynneamch I get so annoyed every time the phone rings at work. I don‘t want to stop reading 😂 5mo
LiterarySloth @gradcat I‘ll look for that one. Thanks! 5mo
gradcat 😉 5mo
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LiterarySloth
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Interesting ailments for a fair...

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LiterarySloth
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Smart woman. Ugh. So creepy.

DrawingSustenance What a creep... 6mo
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LiterarySloth
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I just learned that Hulu is making a series based on this one. Leo DiCaprio is playing H. H. Holmes and Scorsese is directing. Should be pretty good!

📚: 36/52

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Readswithcoffee
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Pickpick

This is a fascinating book about the 1893 World‘s Columbian Exposition in Chicago. Interwoven in the story of the world‘s fair is a gruesome story of a serial killer. A great audio book.

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Mitch
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Ive read Illinois, Kansas, Maryland, New York and Oklahoma - where shall I go next??

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/26/books/50-states-of-true-crime.html

Suet624 Oohhh, interesting. 6mo
AmyG Colorado! I just bookmarked this. I‘d love to read all 50 states. Some....day. (edited) 6mo
Bookzombie I‘m saving this list. The one for Alaska sounds interesting! I have several on my TBR already. 6mo
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Mitch @AmyG me too! 6mo
Mitch @Bookzombie 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 6mo
vivastory Thanks for posting. I'm really tempted to do a read through of all 50 6mo
cathipink You post the best links. I think you might like Maine. Lots of books on this list I have but haven't read or finished yet. Surprised the Jeffrey toobin book was chosen for California - I know there's a lot to choose from, but it seems like Michelle McNamara's book is the obvious/better choice (in my opinion). 6mo
Mitch @cathipink stacked! Thanks 🙏 6mo
Karkar Colorado is a great book. He spent a lot of time researching it and it shows. 6mo
Hooked_on_books Good list! I‘ve actually read 13 of these and have another. I guess I really like true crime. 😂 6mo
Mitch @Lcsmcat 👍🏼 6mo
Mitch @Karkar 👍🏼 6mo
Mitch @Hooked_on_books 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 6mo
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BekaReid
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Mehso-so

While interesting, I found this book to be a bit tedious and slow at parts. The author's style did not engage me as I had hoped.

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Twainy
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Mehso-so

Yuck. I‘m not sure what I just listened to. On one hand it read like a true crime story ... on the other like historical fiction about a serial killer. I‘m not sure how I feel about it. Has anyone read this that can better explain it to me? Well this is a completely unhelpful review. Despite the cold technical aspect of it & lack of character development ... I live in the Chicagoland area so it was interesting ... now I‘ve got to do some googling.

britt_brooke This book‘s title is so misleading. It‘s really heavy on the worlds fair, light on HH Holmes. Something about it didn‘t mesh well even though both aspects happened simultaneously. It felt like two separate books forced together. I rated it “so-so” as well. 6mo
violabrain Erik Larson‘s books are amazing! They are all 100% true and meticulously researched, but read like historical fiction. This book is no exception. The serial killer part is unsavory, I agree! But I never judge a book by whether the subject matter is pleasant or not, but rather how well written it was. 6mo
Lea Agreed. I didn‘t care for the book or the writing style (I‘ve read a few of his books and it‘s not really for me). It was just a so-so for me too! 6mo
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Twainy @violabrain oh my, this was recommended to me as a novel with magic & horror aspects not true crime. This explains a lot. As a true crime book it is really interesting. I‘m talking to a co-worker right now that loves true crime & she‘s interested in reading it. 6mo
violabrain @Twainy That‘s hilarious! Yes, Erik Larson is a well-known historian who writes history books that read like fiction. :) This book would definitely be weird if you didn‘t realize that! 😂😂 6mo
Ericalambbrown I believe Scorsese got the rights to this several months ago and plans to make a movie. I enjoyed the book, but I also had a good idea what I was in for before I read it. 6mo
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andioop
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The chapters in the first half are slow-moving. I didn't need every architectural detail. Still giving a 🤘🏼 because I flew through the ending and learned a lot and thought it was cool. The characters are all immensely interesting, it's nuts (and maybe hard to believe) Larson found so much detail.

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Songbird72
Mehso-so

I enjoyed the sections on HH Holmes and think the book would've been much better had it all been about him. The chapters about the design and building got a little tedious and dry. I thought it would eventually all tie together but it never really did.

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GidgetsTreasures75
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6-30-19: My 52nd finished book of 2019! #devilinthewhitecity #eriklarson 👍🏼📖#️⃣5️⃣2️⃣

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jckphnx
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Mehso-so

Its inclusion in popular "narrative nonfiction" lists may seem a bit strange, but upon the conclusion of the two overlapping, complementary tales, fans of Chicago, futurism, and serial killers will all be pleased.

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wideeyedreader
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1. Roses! I love them
2. Tagged! I just can‘t believe how good it is
3. Reign—a teen drama about Mary Queen of Scots, what could be better?
4. Nikky Finney! The coolest part is I got to meet and talk to her because she visited my school
#humpdaypost

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wideeyedreader
Pickpick

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I really enjoyed this read for the most part, though it dragged towards the middle of the World‘s Fair preparations. Still, I‘d totally read it again!

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wideeyedreader
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1. Tagged!
2. @1001BooksPodcast ! I‘m really loving it so far lol
3. I was talking about The Handmaid‘s Tale with a coworker today! She‘s never read it, so of course I recommended it
#weekendreads

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wideeyedreader
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Decided to put down The Queen‘s Fool for now, and picked up this one instead! I‘m excited to read it.

Shakespearience It is very good! It blew me away how many people (famous at that) were at the World‘s Fair at that time and what all went into making it happen...on top of the murders of course. Very good read! 7mo
wideeyedreader @Shakespearience Oooh, that just makes me more excited! 7mo
Crazeedi Oh this was a good one, IMO 7mo
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Butterflyamore
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More books arrived in the mail today! Did I need them? No. 😂

These are all from my favorite secondhand bookshop, The Book Drunkard! You can find her awesome resale group on Facebook!

Kate.Braithwaite News of the World is a brilliant book! 8mo
marleed It‘s like saving a kitten purring in a box at the entry to your grocery door - you have to do it. 8mo
Butterflyamore @marleed You‘ve made such a good point! 8mo
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Expandingbookshelf
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My dog is unsure if reading about a serial killer is the best way to spend my night. He argues my time would be better spent feeding him treats and rubbing his belly. He makes many good points and I would like to subscribe to his newsletter.

marleed Hahaha! 8mo
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EmilieGR
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Engrossig