Lately, I’ve had the privilege of reading some great books. I thought I would share them with you so you may have the same pleasant experiences. The art of “cracking open a book” seems to be dying due to electronic books and devices. There is nothing wrong with electronic books I assure you, but I believe books; their smell, feel and experience are still alive and well.
The first book I read lately I found particularly interesting and difficult to put down. The title is Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination that Changed America Forever. Killing Lincoln shared a lot of information about John Wilkes Booth and his life prior to and after the assassination. I know you are asking, “Is this just another book about Lincoln being shot?” Well, yes, it is a book about Lincoln being shot, but it is also written very well and does show documentation of a conspiracy. This book makes you think and makes you want to know more. There is a reason it still graces the NYT Best Seller list after 25 weeks.
My Name is Mary Sutter is a wonderful book by Robin Oliveira. Ms. Oliveira is a new author and I understand there is a sequel coming out next year. Check it out if you like Civil War history and strong female characters. I’m not going to spoil anything for you by saying any more.
The Anatomist’s Apprentice (Dr. Thomas Silkstone Mysteries), written by Tessa Harris, is also a wonderful read. I have it on her authority she is working on the next installment in a trilogy involving Dr. Thomas Silkstone. This book takes place in 1780s London before refrigeration of bodies was available. During this time it was extremely important to autopsy a body as close to time of death as possible. Read about her inspiration for the book here: http://www.kensingtonbooks.com/finditem.cfm?itemid=20428.
The last book I will discuss is Dreadnought by Cherie Priest. This is a book categorized as “Steam Punk” and is in the Science Fiction realm. I can’t say enough about the protagonist in this book. This book takes place in the Civil War era, but brings with it elements that are extremely modern. I wish Priest would write more about Nurse Mercy Lynch, but to date I don’t believe she is working on anything with her as the central figure.
All of these books are electrically charged and are very difficult to put down after you begin and please let me know if you’ve read any of these book and your opinions. I love hearing from you. Happy Reading!