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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.

The Hungry Tide - Amitav Ghosh BangladeshA chance meeting between a young American woman and a local businessman, and their subsequent divergences and intersections, form the core strands of this novel, set in what is today rural Bangladesh. The story's two strands intertwine like the rivers in Bangladesh's tide country, parallelism that is clearly deliberate. Ghosh evokes both characters and landscape very well, and skillfully sustains both overtly and subtle tensions throughout. Ghosh does a good job of resolving the basic storyline. However, the larger themes related to foreign versus domestic concerns, who controls the land, and environmentalism versus progress are simply dropped, significantly weakening a novel that, with a little more thoughtful effort, could have been much more powerful and complex.