#ReadHarder challenge 18: a book of non-violent true crime
#ReadHarder challenge 18: a book of non-violent true crime
Who knew there was such drama in the fly fishing and fly tying worlds? The author did a fantastic job bringing all the research and interviews into a great story.
This was such a bizarre story. It would be difficult to believe if it weren't a true story. A man broke into a branch of the British Natural History Museum in order to steal rare bird skins. He sold these to fellow fly-fishing lure-making enthusiasts, as well as using some in his own work.
Library haul! Which one should I read first?
Another one seen, then purchased, because of the beautiful cover. It also sounds quite interesting.
Finishing up this one this weekend for the book challenge prompt *Non violent true crime*
It is a wild ride and really educational to boot.
Coming in at the eleventh hour, after radio silence all day. I‘d like to thank audiobooks, for making it possible to read while grocery shopping, and Overdrive, for making it possible to read during long Sunday afternoons at the reference desk. Maybe one day I‘ll make it through #24in48 #readathon without accidentally resetting my timer, but don‘t hold your breath.
I really enjoyed this book. My Daddy is a master fly-tyer so I completely understand the obsession of wanting the most perfect specimen for fishing. I just can‘t see my Daddy breaking into a museum to steal the feathers for such perfection. Thought the book was very well written but it left a lot of unanswered questions in my mind Looking forward to discussing in my next library bookclub meeting
#24in48 Hour 12 Challenge: I don‘t listen to a ton of audiobooks, but when I do, they‘re non-fiction. I‘ve tried listening to fiction and (with the exception of The Ocean at the End of the Lane, because Neil Gaiman), I just can‘t do it. I‘ve also been a Scribd user for years now, and their audiobook selection is well worth the price.
This nonfiction account of the 2009 theft of irreplaceable preserved bird skins from the Tring museum near London had me hooked from the beginning. Kirk Wallace Johnson wrote this story in such a captivating way that it reads very much like fiction. And the audio version of the book was great. I was surprised at just how interesting I found the world of fly-tying to be! 4/5⭐️
I disagree with the adjective “rollicking” given by his publisher, but it was an interesting book. I‘d heard him speak about it on NPR so there was no mystery as to what happened, but I liked getting all the details of how he got there.
“Dinner” and a book in this hot, rainy 4th of July. #currentlyreading
The story of a young fly tier who became obsessed and stole countless bird from a nature museum in hopes of using and selling the feather was one I never knew about before seeing this book. The author did such a good job telling the history and importance of these birds, the reported events of the theft and then the background and research he did into trying to understand the missing pieces of the case
#audiobook #scribd #mpls #twincities
Really enjoyed this book!! The narrator was great. The story was super interesting and the outcome was bizarre and unbelievable!
Audio-walking on this hot, hot afternoon. Needed a break from the sun for a few minutes, but the breeze and shade is so nice that I think I have been sitting here for close to 45 minutes! Also- this book is fascinating! 🦆🐓🦃🦜🦢🦚
Great True Crime! I really liked this one! Who knew that a book about stolen feathers and the obsession of fly tying (for fly fishing) could be so interesting! It covers the history of the commercial trade in feathers too. I recommend the audiobook!🎧 4/5🦜s
Sorry for all the “catch-up” posts today. I‘ve been semi-unplugged for a few weeks. I also want to thank all the #litsylove and #jb for the lovely birthday cards. Replies in progress. 💌❤️💌
The fly-tying underworld? Who knew? This book was fascinating and disturbing because of what people would do to acquire the feathers of protected and endangered birds just to tie a fly that won‘t even be used.
Read this one in only about a day! Super fast moving and so interesting to learn about something I'd never heard of.
It was pretty sickening to read about the extinction of birds in the past, and today the usage of feathers for such (I think) silly things
Reading more non-fiction is one of my 2019 goals, and this one has been on my TBR for a while now. The jury is still out on it...
I bought this audiobook on the strength of the reviews and was not disappointed. Who knew there was such a market for feathers?!
The true crime art heist‘s book‘s natural history cousin. I found this book to be quite interesting, particularly in the exploration of a natural history theft (rather than art) and the motives and deals behind it. I had no idea feathers could be so captivating.
What a great read! It combined my love of natural history, conservation, personal story, fly fishing and fly tying. If you don‘t have time for the read (but it‘s pretty quick) listen to the excellent This American Life podcast on the Feather Thief!
What an amazingly fantastic talk! The author is a great and engaging speaker.
#BookMail Pt5 This is yet another #BlameItOnLitsy purchase, which admittedly over half of my #MountTBRStacksOfDoom are! A non fiction, it‘s about a 20yr old musician who steals 100s of rare bird specimens from a museum so he can use the feathers for his fly-tie obsession & the pursuit by an investigator after justice. It‘s also about how we destroy nature just to catalogue it. Can‘t wait to read it🦜
Author Kirk Wallace Johmson does an event of his true crime novel.
An interesting read. Really just an exploration of the world of Victorian fly tying and strange obsession, tied in with the author‘s own interest in the case. My favorite quote came from a once-mentioned character who was convicted for a similar crime, who said that he thanked the justice system for curbing his obsession and ignorance. This story is ultimately fascinating, disturbing, and disappointing, but it‘s true to humanity.
I finished this book last week, but I've been behind on posting my reviews on Litsy.
Before randomly finding this at my local library, I knew nothing of this book or the crime it was written about. However, I really enjoyed reading it. To think that people just steal artifacts, such as birds, from museums, baffled me. I was frustrated by the outcome in the end, but I still learned a lot from this well researched, well written book.
Wow, what a crazy story. What blows my mind is people buy all these rare bird feathers and spend thousands of dollars and then don‘t do anything with them!!
Such a weird, intense, frustrating story. I don‘t read much nonfiction, but really enjoyed this book.
#ReadHarderChallenge - Book of nonviolent true crime
Perfect weather out at our pond today. My nephews were playing in the water and I got in some much needed reading time. 💚
The feather heist and the author‘s attempts to learn the rest of the story are just fascinating, but the author takes too long to get to them. Instead of weaving the history of human collection and use of feathers through the narrative, he blobs them in the first section in an uncompelling way that nearly made me bail. This would have benefited a great deal from editing.
My latest thrift shop finds. (Don‘t tell my kitties I bought a book about Scotties!😹)
This is a fun, quick read. I enjoyed learning about the birds. Edwin Rist should be in jail.
Happy National Women‘s Day!
I had to walk or run a mile today in order to get the Women‘s Day Award on my Apple Watch!
It‘s still not safe to walk on the streets, 15” of snow and no sidewalks. It hasn‘t been warm enough to melt any yet. So I listened to my audiobook and trudged through my backyard, pictured above.
Exhausting! I think walking in snow is more tiring than walking in sand.
Don‘t let the beginning of this book throw you off. The Feather Thief is very much a true crime mystery with a cast of characters and motives that seem too ridiculous to be true. A fascinating read about ornithology, fly-tying, naturalists, museum preservation, criminal investigations and psychological evaluations. It took a little while to fully connect with the narrator but by the end I grew to appreciate his intonation.
If you like bizarre true-crime stories, this one is the right one. You will be drag down to the feather underground, exploring the fly-tie art. Boring? Not at all! Author has successfully combined his personal story with natural history, humans nature - obsession with the birds (well, obsession with the feathers) into the very coherent and readable story.
1. Probably once a week.
2. Only 8!
3. All print books, all fiction.
4. No, my library renews them for me unless there‘s a hold on them.
5. 10, but 3 of those are ready for me to pick up. And 5 Audiobooks on Libby.
6. Tagged book. That one is on hold via Libby.
Absolutely fascinating 🤓Who knew?!?! I‘m listening on audio 🎧and I‘m ready to join the Audubon Society 🦚🦜
Such a fascinating read about birds and one‘s obsession with them that ultimately led him to a museum heist. As someone who had no prior knowledge about birds or fly-tying but as a lover of animals of all kinds, I found this book captivating and haunting. I realized how little I know what goes on in the world with wildlife trade.🙁 Recommend for those who want non-violent true crime mixed with history and a bit of ornithology.
Who immediately thought of the scene of the birds of paradise doing their mating calls/dances on Planet Earth? 🙋🏻♀️ 😂
Completely unputdownable. Who knew the story of a museum being broken into for rare feathers would be so enthralling??
1. Mystery short stories: Miss Marple, Ellery Queen, Sherlock - love them
2. Color Guard competition with my daughter
4. I can fit my whole hand inside a Pringles can
“You‘re going to Whistler but you don‘t ski or snowboard? Are you crazy?”
I‘m sitting with a glass of wine and my book while I wait for my golden beet salad at the start of my self-guided lunch (six restaurants!) with a book. Who‘s crazy now?
Today I walked in the footsteps of Edward Rist..I went to Tring by train, walked the road into town ( I could almost hear the wheels of his suitcase on the pavement), took the footpath to the museum and spent the afternoon looking at the Birds of Paradise.. #booksonlocation