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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.

For All the Tea in China: How England Stole the World's Favorite Drink and Changed History - Sarah Rose This history seemed scant compared to what I was expecting as the norm in the history/natural history/biography genre, though it had its moments. Overall, it was more biographical and much less informational than I hoped for. I would have been reasonably happy changing my expectations, but I'm surprised and annoyed that so little of the book was devoted to the legal and philosophical context that made it seem legitimate to steal another country's proprietary secrets, particularly those on which a great portion of its livelihood depended, or on the implications of such policies. Since this behavior persists, it seems useful and topical to deliberate more, and I was disappointed at what short shrift it received.