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Old 03-16-2017, 02:18 PM
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Default TTBC March 2017 - The Devil in the White City by Eric Larson

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The book is set in Chicago in 1893, intertwining the true tales of Daniel H. Burnham, the architect behind the 1893 World's Fair, and Dr. H. H. Holmes, the serial killer who lured his victims to their deaths in his elaborately constructed "Murder Castle."
To help you get in the mood for the book may I suggest this episode about the Murder Castle on one of my favorite podcasts, Lore

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I guess I should read this since I suggested it?
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I read this book a few years ago and it was so much more than I thought it would be! It's not just a dry historical retelling of this, there's so many scenes that are straight out of a horror novel. The (don't read this until you're far in the book or already know the story) residue left by the woman's bare foot from trying to kick the door down was chilling.

And the World's Fair details which should be honestly so boring are really cool as well. I hadn't realized how challenging the geology of the area was.
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Yes.
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I'm finishing a book now but I'll start next week.
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This is one of my favorites! Like VV said, a lot of the details really stick with you and are haunting.
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I recalled having a copy, had a minor in-apartment archaeological dig, and found it. I'm in!
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I started this today and I've only read the first few chapters, so the meat of the story have only been hinted at. Still, the early stuff about Chicago's development and selection to host the fair has been an interesting read. Larson's a good writer.
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I started this today and I've only read the first few chapters, so the meat of the story have only been hinted at. Still, the early stuff about Chicago's development and selection to host the fair has been an interesting read. Larson's a good writer.
Yeah! Both of the subjects of the book are ones that normally wouldn't interest me. But Larson's writing and storytelling make the boring and the macabre more compelling to me.
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