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Hild by Nicola Griffith

Karen from SF, October 23, 2014

This lovely book takes you back in time to the 7th century, the so-called dark ages, in Britain. From page 1 you are immersed in the atmosphere, culture and even language as you follow Hild's remarkable rise to status and power. Packed with exquisite detail, this dense book pulls you in and delivers an amazing, unforgettable story. Hild is a fascinating protagonist, all the more so because she was a real woman. Griffith has done her homework: I painlessly learned more about the Anglo Saxons than I ever thought I could from a novel. Rich, rewarding, and so, so good.
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The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York by Deborah Blum
The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York

Karen from SF, April 3, 2013

Do you shy away from non-fiction reads, feeling that they're too preachy, teachy, or dry? This book will make you a convert. With each chapter devoted to a different poisonous substance, Blum wraps science, medicine, politics, and history in compulsively-readable anecdotes of outlandish and fascinating characters. Here you'll find more murder, mayhem, mystery and forensic medicine than an episode of CSI. Did the shy, polite husband kill his heiress wife for her money? Why did the famous movie ingenue drop dead? How does the immortal man finally get done in? Reading this true history of one of the most colorful times and places in US history--New York of the early 20th Century--you'll learn about the birth of forensics, the unintended consequences of prohibition, the fascinating effects of poison on the human body, and the dark side of the human psyche, all while being thoroughly entertained.
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Angelmaker (Vintage Contemporaries) by Nick Harkaway
Angelmaker (Vintage Contemporaries)

Karen from SF, January 30, 2013

The urban proto-steampunk fantasy noir zombie book is soooo done. Or so it seems. Then this book comes along and blows the genre out of the water. What a fantastic ride! This book is enjoyable, well-written, and startling imaginative from beginning to end. It's got a little Gaiman, a little Chandler, a little Stevenson, but derivative of no one. The characters are wonderful, believable, and well-drawn, even the passing side characters. My bookclub read this and, though we have 7 members and 14 opinions, we all loved it. That NEVER happens.
If any of this appeals, do pick up Angelmaker. You won't regret it.
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Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand
Seabiscuit: An American Legend

Karen from SF, August 6, 2012

Ms. Hillenbrand is one of the loveliest non-fiction writers working today, and this book is proof. Whether your interest is horses, gambling, sports, early 20th-century culture, or just a great story, this book will entertain and enlighten you. By the way, the movie was lovely, but it doesn't give you the complete story. The truth is even more interesting.
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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Karen from SF, January 3, 2012

Amazing story, fabulously researched. Rebecca Skloot subtly makes her pursuit of the story part of the story, and it is the hook that drew me in. I happen to love science and medicine, but I think anyone with an interest in human beings would find this story fascinating.
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