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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 Pilgrim's Progress - John Bunyan, Robert Whitfield This is not a review of the religious sentiments expressed in this early allegorical novel. The allegory itself was heavy-handed, perhaps because the art of fiction was still young. There is much in the way of deus ex machina, miracles and the like, while the plot is not much developed. It falls somewhere between Jaynes's "The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind and Forster's description of a plot (rather than a picaresque series of "and then... and then..." events). Part 1 is far more engaging. Part 2 ("oh, yeah, women can be saved, too") seemed repetitious.Emotionally, it was similar to reading the Left Behind series in that I have a hard time viscerally understanding why faith trumps acts. That, I suppose, demonstrates that I was raised in a very different spiritual and philosophical milieu.