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I read widely and in most genres but romance and westerns. Here you'll find my reviews since 2007, with a few reviews of previously read books as well.


In 2012, I completed an "authors of the world" challenge, reading a book for every country (and a few other entities) by someone who'd lived there for at least two years. I expect to tag these books by challenge and country in the near future. I'm still refining my list by adding books that better meet my challenge criteria.

Pretties (Uglies Trilogy, Book 2)

Pretties - Scott Westerfeld Part 2 of the series, and weaker. The plot is quite similar to that of the first book, and the characters don't seem to have grown emotionally or matured. This may be chalked up to the brain lesions introduced in the first book, but it's still tedious. This volume seems more superficial even as it raises issues like self-mutilation that, while important to the plot, are not adequately resolved. Think of this volume as a bridge to part 3, and possibly as the shadow of a treatise on cognitive therapy.