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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.

Paradise Lost - John Milton, Frederick Davidson A good reader (Frederick Davidson) on this edition. The blank verse resonates and emphasizes without overpowering, and he does a good job with both rhymes and enjambment. This exegesis of Genesis relies fairly heavily on the Greek and Roman pantheons for symbolism and plot points. It's interesting to see how much more psychological this is than that other stalwart of Christian allegory, The Pilgrim's Progress.There is also more imagery, more shown than told, and more theological argument in the manner that we will later see in de Sade's The 120 Days of Sodom. Eve is weak-willed, while Adam is just a darned nice guy. They feed and angel lunch and hear its expositions.