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Ripper by Amy Carol Reeves
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Mar 02, 2012

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Read from February 27 to March 01, 2012

** spoiler alert ** The only other text I've read on Jack the Ripper is Patricia Cornwell's book. This was back in my teenage years, and I can't remember whom the author argued was the murderer. But I'm pretty sure it wasn't [Ripper's identity redacted].

Prostitutes, serial killings, surgery - these are hallmarks of a great historical, and Amy Carol Reeves's Ripper has them. Yet, those aren't enough to keep this novel exciting. The paranormal aspect just doesn't work for me. Not Abbie's visions, not the secret society, not even the dodo - I wanted more mad science and less chalice stuff.

I read this pretty fast, so it's a page-turner, but it's difficult to summon up enthusiasm.
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Reading Progress

02/27/2012 page 55
16.0% "Looking forward to reading about Jack the Ripper and Dr Bartlett. Not looking forward to the heroine's visions. Not every book needs paranormal activity, you know. Just mad science is fine/preferable/awesome ;-) "a glass tube with a rubber tube extension" - they use this as a milk bottle for babies, but it sounds a lot like a bong to me ;-)"
02/28/2012 page 136
40.0% ""The girl seemed like a caustic tart" - ha! ;-) Why must heroines be physically attracted to douchebags, even if they supposedly find the guy mentally repulsive? Evil dudes tend to be named Dante. Or at the very least, suspicious dudes tend to be named Dante ;-) Ah, mention of laudanum - just how I like my historicals ;-)" 2 comments
02/28/2012 page 146
43.0% "What's "prussic acid"? Ah, that's why it's specified that William Siddal was adopted - because he was adopted by the Rossettis, and it sounds like Abbie is the bastard child of a Rossetti. William and Abbie must hook up, though I was pretty sure she'd do Simon St. John. Maybe she'll do everyone."
02/29/2012 page 197
58.0% "So the secret society is trying to clone a dodo?"
03/01/2012 page 244
72.0% ""Sir Bertram has one of the largest, most extensive pornography collections in England. Possibly in all of Great Britain." Ha! :-)"

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message 1: by Kelly (new)

Kelly Walter Sickert. I read the Cornwell book too, and for whatever reason the name stuck in my head. Did vaguely creepy paintings.

message 2: by Tez (new) - rated it 3 stars

Tez No Walter Sickert in this name. Though there was an artist, Dante Gabriel Rossetti. I know Christina Rossetti was real, but I'm not sure about this bloke.

message 3: by Kelly (new)

Kelly He was real. He was Christina's brother.

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