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Subject: Thunderstruck by Erik Larson
Date Posted: 6/2/2009 11:08 PM ET
Member Since: 7/24/2005
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I don't usually finish books that I don't like, but for some reason I trudged through this very boring and disjointed book.  Well, at least it was to me.

Date Posted: 6/3/2009 11:25 AM ET
Member Since: 10/27/2007
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Sheryl,

I tried desperately to get through "Devil in a White City" by the same author and just couldn't do it.  I was very, very dissappointed because so many people have told me they loved this book.  It sounded really good too but I thought it just dragged on and on.

I was curious about "Thunderstruck" because it does sound really good (at least in the synopsis).  I don't think it is the subject matter that is boring I just found the way the author writes to be - IMO

I will wait to see what other people say about this book...I am not sure if I should order it or not.



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Date Posted: 6/3/2009 3:49 PM ET
Member Since: 6/19/2007
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I love Devil in the White City, its absolutely my number one favorite ever.  No other book I've ever read illuminated the sheer depths of horror and heights of creative genius that humans are capable of.  Thunderstruck was good, well-researched and interesting, I just thought the story behind it wasn't as compelling as Devil.  I never read Larson's other book, Isaac's Storm.

Date Posted: 6/3/2009 9:40 PM ET
Member Since: 8/20/2006
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I loved both of them. Devil In The White City is just so well crafted and the concurrent storylines meshed perfectly. Thunderstruck was equally compelling for me, especially the history of the wireless.

One girl's boring book is another girl's treasure :-)

Date Posted: 6/4/2009 9:45 PM ET
Member Since: 4/7/2007
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Devil in the White City did drag on for me too, but I was very satisfied when I reached the end.

Date Posted: 6/5/2009 5:35 PM ET
Member Since: 6/19/2008
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I loved Issac's Storm.  I saw the documentary on the History channel and went immediately to the book store for the book.

Date Posted: 6/5/2009 6:26 PM ET
Member Since: 11/24/2005
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