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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.

In the Shadow of Papillon: Seven Years of Hell in Venezuela's Prison System - Frank Kane, John Tilsley Venezuela.Kane, who seems to think Papillon was a real memoir, was imprisoned in Venezuela after getting caught trafficking drugs. While the treatment he received appears to have been brutal, he is also an aggressive, racist, sexist narrator who doesn't seem to have learned much from the experience. The flavor was very much that of A Million Little Pieces in that it seemed inflated and not genuine. I have no idea what Venezuelan prisons are like, but my point is about emotional veracity. Brother One Cell: An American Coming of Age in South Korea's Prisons and The Damage Done: Twelve Years of Hell in a Bangkok Prison tell a similar story while also answering the question, And why are you telling me this?