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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.

A Distant Mirror - Barbara W. Tuchman, Nadia May Audiobook.I moved this up in my queue as I worked my way through Martin's A Game of Thrones because I correctly surmised that it would help elucidate some of the beliefs and behaviors on which Martin's characters' actions are based. This was true, and A Distant Mirror was enjoyable in its own right. I found the broader historical chapters more compelling. Though Tuchman's structure relied on following a particular person, this strategy only variably kept my interest. Sometimes it personalized the generalities, while at others it seemed to bog down in details. Still, overall a compelling, readable history with occasional humorous and acerbic comments that kept Tuchman present in the narrative.