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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.

Eifelheim - Michael Flynn Quantum physics, first contact with bug-like aliens, Jesuits, and the Black Death--what's not to like? Sure, the interweaving of the contemporary and historical strands is uneven at times, and I believe in the reality of the medieval characters and aliens more than the modern-day scholars, but at its best this is the science fiction structural version of Brooks's People of the Book, though frequently more hilarious. Read with any book on the plague, or Willis's Doomsday Book for science fictiony plague goodness, or with Blish's A Case of Conscience (or Miller's A Canticle for Leibowitz, or Russell's The Sparrow) for further reflections on the spiritual nature and moral status of aliens.Some GR reviewers take note: Yes, this is how scholars sometimes interact with each others in relationships. Trust me on this; that part is completely believable.