stacylaughs's review against another edition

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dark informative inspiring tense fast-paced

5.0


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rachelsheplak's review against another edition

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3.0


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alagasianflame's review against another edition

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adventurous dark informative inspiring reflective slow-paced

4.0

As one who was more interested in H. H. Holmes than architecture history, let me say the high rating is largely due to the fact that Larson manages to make committees and ledgers equally as fascinating as a man who built his own murder castle without anyone noticing. This is accomplished by the extensive backgrounds Larson lays out for practically every major player involved in the designing and building of the Fair. At the beginning, these winding expositions seem extraneous and, at times Iā€™ll admit, perhaps even a little dull, but they serve as a foundation upon which is built the later trials and tribulations of the Fairā€™s designers, much of which was apparently caused by interpersonal strife and not, necessarily, pure financial or physical deterrents. By turning flat facts into tragic or triumphant events in the personal lives of the men (and occasional woman) involved, they come alive and make this tale something more engaging than a dusty history text book.

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kellyofcali's review against another edition

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dark informative slow-paced

3.75

This is a well written book that crosses two related subjects - one, the world's fair, and two, a serial killer. I found both interesting, which means he did a good job, though I did find it dragged on a little long towards the denouement of both storylines. It's also a little confusing what is real vs. not, though I know that bothers some people more than others.

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magosti1's review against another edition

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dark emotional slow-paced

2.0

Deeply disturbing true crime novel about a serial killer in Chicago while the worlds fair was being built. Too disturbingĀ 

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sopranna's review against another edition

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dark informative mysterious sad tense slow-paced

3.5

Impressive research, not a good hang. Incredibly dark.Ā 

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joviyanna's review against another edition

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adventurous dark informative mysterious sad tense medium-paced

4.75


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suzquinn97's review against another edition

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dark informative mysterious medium-paced

5.0


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wheelygoodreads's review against another edition

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challenging dark sad slow-paced

1.75

I almost put this book down multiple times, as it's very slow to get going, and even then only half of the story, the serial killer portion, was really keeping me engaged.Ā 

Many parts seemed to drag on, no helped by the formattingā€”this book really could have used shorter chapters, rather than longer sections. Getting through this felt like work.

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challenging dark informative sad medium-paced

4.25


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