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The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
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I'm discovering that I really love books that marry the actual history of something with an imagined, fantastical world. In the case of The Historian, both the real and the imagined world are well established, and the author ties them together through her own novel. The way she mirrors the structure of Dracula (letters, found documents, etc.) is brilliant, and there are several other nods to the classic text that made me smile as I read. Thoroughly, thoroughly enjoyable.

I adore finding books that are smart thrillers that I can suggest as alternatives to The Da Vinci Code. While this has its flaws, it really is a love letter to academia, and makes scholarship into an exciting adventure. Plus, I don't think I've ever read a book that has made me want to travel more. The first time I read it, I put Budapest and Romania at the top of my travel wish list. That didn't happen, but now I'm determined to get to Istanbul in the next couple of years.

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