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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.

Rivers of Babylon - Peter Pišťanek, Peter Petro Slovakia. Pišťanek takes a romp through an almost-post-Communist state in which Communism and capitalism are equally and cynically skewered. The anti-hero protagonist mulishly pursues his own ends and tragicomically winds up a slightly anxious bourgeois with soft hands, a big house, and a cultured wife. I'd give it four stars but for the tremendous reduction of women's roles to virgin (one) or whore (all the rest), including gleeful exploitation of and violence toward virtually all. Not that men aren't exploited and hit, but they are portrayed as agents as well as objects.