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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 Tragedy of Arthur - Arthur Phillips I ought to write my review in blank verse, but I have a cold so you'll have to endure my prose. I enjoyed this faux memoir, but it wore on me after awhile. Arthur is whiny and aggrieved without much payback for the reader for having endured this. It should have been half the length. I don't at all buy the veracity of the family confrontation at the end. Why would his mother go along with it? Why is Arthur made solely responsible for the consequences of his sister's out-of-relationship kiss? In addition to my incredulity about the event, it also smacks, as does a lot of the family constellating, of John Irvings's [b:The Hotel New Hampshire|11768|The Hotel New Hampshire|John Irving|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1318013543s/11768.jpg|1786995].The "Shakespearean" play that forms the second half is less Arthur Rex than just whiny Arthur Redux. A notable flaw of the audio version is the omission of the footnotes to the play, where the fight between positions on the play's authenticity is continued. Leaving out these notes is like leaving out the notes from [b:Pale Fire|7805|Pale Fire|Vladimir Nabokov|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1327871689s/7805.jpg|1222661] and suggests a profound misunderstanding of the book's structure by whoever made such a poor editorial decision.