The Devil in the White City Murder, Magic and Madness at the Fair That Changed America - Scott Brick, Erik Larson

I can't believe I'm only halfway through this thing. It'll likely have to be paused when the audiobook I have on hold comes in. 

 

It is just so tedious. Larson gets into so much freaking minutiae — of everything. It gets to be quite boring. I just don't care that much about architecture and every little detail of building the fair and of the lives of those building it. Just open the damn thing already!  There are some really great and interesting anecdotes (like the origin of the Pledge of Allegiance and Walt Disney's father), but they're buried in all the minutiae. 

 

Then there's Holmes. His story kind of feels incomplete. Even with so much detail. I don't necessarily need torture/murder porn but this story is half about him and I feel Larson skips over what he does to his victims. Meanwhile, he went into horrifically graphic detail of what Jack the Ripper did to his last victim. Odd.