My Blog has moved. Not because I wanted to move it, but because my web host is discontinuing the service. Thus the title of this post. So far, I’ve not been able to import my old posts. Instead of going down to the basement in search of a baseball bat, I’ve decided to make this a fresh start. You know, the old thing about making lemonade out of lemons….
What the heck have I been doing:
The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History by John M. Barry
While reading The Great Influenza I kept having to remind myself that this happened. It doesn’t seem possible that a virus could kill over 50 million people. There were probably more deaths, but some countries had no record keeping or very limited records, so it’s hard to determine the full magnitude of the pandemic. World War I was raging and troops were being sent across the globe. They were infecting and spreading the disease as they traveled. The press wasn’t reporting on the virus as it should. They didn’t want to hurt the war effort. It caused people to not trust what they read. It caused them to be even more terrorized by the virus that was killing their relatives and neighbors in a matter of days. It caused them to remain behind closed doors and not reach out to their neighbors in need.
There are stories of whole families dying because there was no one to care for them. How the bodies of the dead were left in corners and back rooms and porches, because their weren’t enough caskets. Of mass graves being dug with backhoes.
I learned of the abysmal standards of medicine before the early 1900s. How “healers” used all sorts of outdated and dangerous methods. How a group of philanthropists spurred on by the virus funded universities and medical schools and research facilities that moved the United States to have some of the best medical care in the world.
This book will haunt me for quite some time, because it happened, and it could happen again. Viruses mutate. People travel all over the globe. I see now why the CDC and WHO are so cautious about viruses. Right now MERS is moving from country to country and they are watching it carefully to see how it will change.
This is an amazing book and I would urge anyone who loves history to give this a read.
And Watching Great Shows:
Game of Thrones is back on HBO. Though I love this show, it just isn’t clicking for me this season. What is working are the costumes. OMG!!! They are fabulous.
Penny Dreadful on Showtime. Did you know penny dreadfuls were a type of 19th century cheap British fiction novels? I surely didn’t. This series draws upon the many characters of this time period, including Dorean Gray, Mina Harker, and Victor Frankenstein. What was in the water at that time? So many great novels written about characters that continue to fascinate us.
And Finishing My Edits:
The Last Guardian Rises, the second book in The Last Keeper’s Daughter Trilogy, has been handed from my editors hands to publisher. I will, of course, post here when I have a cover.
That’s all for now.