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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.

Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science

Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science - Atul Gawande "Re-read" as an abridged audiobook.I like Gawande and I liked this book when I read it a few years ago. The audiobook, which is abridged, was less enjoyable for me. Not having the physical book in front of me when I listened, I can't say where the abridgments took place, but I did notice that at a number of points, I thought, "That's an oversimplified explanation" or "That's a romantic interpretation of that data." Perhaps the boring scientific stuff, which is what makes a book like this for a reader like me, is what was cut. Or perhaps the cuts were elsewhere and the lacunae jumped out because the speaker goes through the material so much more slowly than I read that there was more time for me to notice thoughts that seemed incomplete. Or maybe I've hit that point in academia where I follow the logic more than the passion.I'll say this for listening to the book: It's a great diet aid. I can read a phrase like "I sliced firmly with my scalpel into the glistening yellow fat" and not have much response. (That's a made up sentence, though Gawande does like his fat to glisten). Hearing it aloud, though, turns out to be viscerally distressing. This makes me want to get a lot of medical narratives on CD so I can listen to a segment every time I want dessert.