So far in this blog I have written about every form of entertainment except one. Movies, music, sports and television have been covered, but I have yet to discuss any books. Yes people, actual books are still in existence. Even though less and less people are reading books these days, it is still one of my favorite forms of entertainment. I know that at this point most people are going to stop reading this, because yes, reading takes actual time and effort, but it is well worth it because a great book can inflame the imagination and scare, enchant, sadden or liven its reader in a way that a movie never seems to be able to do.
In this post I am going to discuss two books that I have read recently. These two books were so captivating
that I read them in record time and I honestly believe that they could win over the most wary critic.
The title of this book is deceiving, I promise! Although The Historian is somewhat lengthy it is well worth the read, the author had me hooked within the very first chapter. The Historian is about Dracula, but not in the same way that Bram Stokers “Dracula” is (which is boring), nor is it a stupid teenage love story where the vampires are shiny. The Historian is set in late 1970’s and follows the story of a professor and his daughter as very bad things, and death, begin happening to them, and around them, as they start to research the folklore legend of Dracula. This book is not technically in the “Horror” genre but it is super eerie and creepy in the best possible way! I am not going to lie, when I first started reading this book, I got so freaked out by it that I ended up sitting in the middle of the living room with all the lights turned on. The point of all of this preamble is- read this book! It is so well written, highly addictive, entertaining as hell and creepy!
The Devil in the White City–
I am going to start out by saying that this book can be found in the Non-Fiction section. After I read it, that
fact was pretty damn disturbing. There are two parallel stories going on simultaneously during this book. The first is the real story of America in 1893, after the Eiffel tower was built to be shown off at France’s world fair. America decided to try and out shine France, and announced their intention to do so, to the French people and the world. What they came up with was definitely different. — Every other chapter tells the different, (true) story of a man, Dr. H. H. Holmes, who moved to Chicago during this exact time of the planning for the world fair. During the mayhem and stress of planning something that could show off America to the world, Holmes flew under the radar. This serial killer lured many victims to their deaths with an elaborate ruse, becoming more infamous than Jack the Ripper. The book is so well written that I had no idea it was non-fiction. If you don’t want to read the chapters about the planning of the world fair, just skip them, its every other that deals with the, apparently true, murder stories. But if you are up for it, the juxtaposition of the two stories is really well set up.