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Book Dump: July 2008

These are the books I read in July:

The Lincoln Murder Conspiracies: Being an Account of the Hatred Felt by Many Americans for President Abraham Lincoln During the Civil War and the First Complete Examination and Refutation of the Many Theories, Hypotheses, and Speculations Put Forward Since 1865 Concerning Those Presumed to Have Aided, Abetted, Controlled, or Directed the Murderous Act of John Wilkes Booth in Ford’s Theater the Night of April 14. by William Hanchett
I remember seeing a movie called The Lincoln Conspiracy many years ago. I don't really remember any particular details about it, which according to this book is just as well, since the movie was chock-a-block with historical inaccuracies. Oh well.
 
Chasing Darkness by Robert Crais
A new Elvis Cole is always a reason to cheer. It's not as good as some of the others (Indigo Slam and The Forgotten Man, to name two), mostly because I found it a little too obvious. It's still better than most of the other private eye thrillers out there.
 
Hit and Run by Lawrence Block
I think this is my favorite of the three Keller novels, probably because it's an actual original story instead of a collection of short stories with a bit of new material stitching them together into a loose narrative.
 
Walking to Canterbury: A Modern Journey Through Chaucer's Medieval England by Jerry Ellis
Meh. A bit too mystical for me, and I'm always a little dubious of memoirists who have nothing but meaningful encounters with fascinating people.
 
The Road by Cormac McCarthy
See, I told you I was going to read this! It was good, though it took me a while to get past my instinctive aversion to the presentation of dialogue without quotation marks.
 
Galileo's Daughter: A Historical Memoir of Science, Faith, and Love by Dava Sobel
What I said here.
 
Back When We Were Grownups by Anne Tyler
There's often at least one character in any given Anne Tyler novel that I just can't stand; that wasn't the case with this one. I don't know if that's a good thing or a bad thing.
 
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