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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.

Boneshaker (Clockwork Century Series #1)

Boneshaker - Cherie Priest I found this less engaging than many YA fantasy novels, especially with such promising components as poisonous gas and zombies in a Northwest steampunk context. My big problem (other than the thought, Really? You need poisonous gas and zombies to bring it alive?) was that the characters seemed to exist only to push the plot along. I had little sense of identification with most of the players. They spent much of the time that might have deepened them, or shown how events changed them, in walking, running, chasing, or being chased. I don't mind that to a point, but I'm hoping that the next in the series has less perambulating and more psychology. I'd like the next one to build on this promising beginning by being better than okay.