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review 2015-05-20 08:04
Inventing Madness
Inventing Madness - J.G. Schwartz

I'm still not sure what to think about this book. On the one hand, it's a very interesting premise and the story makes it work quite nice, but on the other hand it's really dark and at places a bit too easy for me.

 

The author goes to great lengths to explain why this 'new' side of the inventor Thomas Alva Edison isn't described before 2015. (It's probably for the best this wasn't known, for he's a very unsympathetic character). After a troublesome youth he goes on to become the famous inventor and kill a lot of people whilst trying to achieve that. An honourable mention should definitely be awarded to the sauna. It was certainly something I'd never read before. It also made me cringe.

 

For the worst is of course, that it is so painfully clear that he's doing it for fun. He's the completely crazy psychopath inventor. This works quite well in the story. The graphic descriptions of his different crimes make this book less suited for the faint of heart and/or stomach.

 

I had some troubles with the writing style. It took me quite some time to get used to. Also, at first I didn't particularly liked the interview style of the narrative, for it seemed to drag the story and felt like an easy way to leave things unanswered for a longer time than is necessary. Besides, the story is, as I mentioned, dark. And while I'm not necessarily looking for books that provide me a happy - all's well that ends well-  kind of ending, this was quite depressing. Probably even more so as it all seems to come so extremely easy towards Edison. He was no doubt a smart man, but no one ever seems to suspect him, at least not really or to the extend that he deserved it.

 

An interesting read for sure, but I'm not sure what to think about it...

 

Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

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text 2014-12-25 14:00
TBR Thursday #20
Wish You Weren't - Sherrie Petersen
Bridges Burned (Entangled Teen) (Going Down in Flames) - Chris Cannon
Under My Skin - Shawntelle Madison
The Mussorgsky Riddle - Darin Kennedy
The Acolytes of Crane - J.D. Tew
The Oathbreaker's Shadow - Amy McCulloch
The Vanishing Girl - Laura Thalassa
Inventing Madness - J.G. Schwartz
The Swap: A Mystery - Nancy Boyarsky
Some Fine Day - Kat Ross

Moonlight Reader started the TBR Thursday, and I think it's a good way to a) show what new books I've got and b) confront myself with my inability to lower my TBR. In fact, since I started recording it, it has risen significantly. I get the feeling I'm doing something wrong here...

 

I hope everyone's having a wonderful Christmas! I'm listening to the Top 2000 songs on Radio 2, a Christmas tradition that will accompany me all the way to the start of the new year.

I've been really busy these last few weeks, but luckily have been able to read some books anyway so I'm proud to announce that I've passed the 200 mark! I never expected to read this much books, but the last month it has been something of a goal of me. (To imagine I started the reading challenge this year on 65 books! I've tripled it!)

Some new books this week as well (it's one of my goals for the next year, lowering my TBR significantly, so I should probably just enjoy myself this last week :) ).

 

TBR pile currently stands at 262. (+4)

(Netgalley ARCs at 96 (+6))

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