The Last Days of Night by Graham Moore
Who knew patent litigation could be so fascinating? But that is exactly the word I would use to describe Graham Moore’s new book about the light bulb wars and the fight for dominance between alternating and direct current. Moore expertly brings to life the sometimes mythical characters of Thomas Edison, George Westinghouse, and Nikola Tesla in a historical tale that follows actual events. The novel is set from the point of view of Westinghouse’s young attorney, Paul Cravath, who, fresh out of law school takes on the Herculean task of defeating the ruthless Edison. Moore’s deft storytelling brings just the right amount of polish to an already dramatic story that is well worth your time.
The Spider and the Stone by Glen Craney
“The Spider and the Stone” takes place during the Scottish War for Independence in the 14th century. It follows the fictional account of historical characters James Douglas and Isabelle MacDuff who were key figures in the crowning of Robert Bruce as King of Scotland. Author Glen Craney has spun some impressive prose in this book. It is beautifully written. Although I don’t know many details from this time in history, the novel seemed well-researched and where it dovetails from actual known facts, the story still seems plausible. It is an excellent historical novel. My only complaint would be that time moves very quickly in the book as it covers over thirty years. Sometimes the time jumps were confusing. but overall I would recommend “The Spider and the Stone” for its tale of star-crossed love and sacrifice in the name of independence.
*Disclosure: I was provided a free copy of this novel with a request for an honest review.*