Ugh. I am sick. It’s also rainy and cold, which makes this a perfect day for just laying around and reading. There’s also a hurricane/tropical storm coming, so I’m in the mood for disaster stories!

I’ve been reading Curse of the Narrows by Laura M. MacDonald, and finally finished it yesterday. I gave it four stars on Goodreads. It’s a very dense book; the author tells you every. little. detail. possible. which is impressive, but sometimes boring and badly-paced. The Halifax Explosion is a fascinating subject: the largest (manmade) explosion prior to the invention of the atomic bomb. Two ships collided in Halifax Harbor, and one of them, carrying explosives meant for the battlefields of WWI, exploded and wiped out a good chunk of the city while killing and wounding thousands of people. I recommend the book to anyone who likes a good disaster story, but those who aren’t nonfiction fans will probably find it slow and difficult to finish.

I’m currently reading The Day the Earth Caved In by Joan Quigley, which tells the story of the mine fire under Centralia, Pennsylvania, which is slowly undermining the city and has caused a gradual abandonment of the town. The author has seen fit to give an exhaustive history of the town and her ancestors’ roles in it, which I will admit to skimming through. Hopefully the pace will pick back up soon.

I’ve got a couple more disaster books lined up for this weekend. Hopefully the hurricane/tropical storm will give my area a wide berth!


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