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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.


Shantaram - Gregory David Roberts Criminal with a heart of gold and active conscience seeks love, which he throws away, and the esteem of father figures. I didn't mind the purpleness of the prose as much as some reviewers have, and I give Roberts credit for writing this as a novel. Still, it is written in a memoir style and has a whiff of James Frey about it and would have been a tighter novel if it were half the length or less, and the narrator were sometimes clearly, badly, wrong.