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3.0


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dark informative sad tense medium-paced

3.0


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adventurous challenging dark informative mysterious tense medium-paced

3.5


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dark informative mysterious sad slow-paced

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3.5


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challenging dark mysterious medium-paced

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informative inspiring slow-paced

4.0

90% architectural history, 10% true crime.

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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. 

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

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3.0

This is basically a book about the Chicago World's Fair with a longform essay about a serial killer smooshed between chapters. Both have some interesting moments, but the writing is also a bit overwrought and speculative for my tastes in nonfiction. There are some assumptions about different people's mannerisms and inner thoughts that he could not possibly know, most of which do not add anything substantial to the narrative. The overall effect is just an ok book. I learned a few things.

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