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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.

The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner - Stephenie Meyer Bree is one of the "young" Seattle vampire horde that battles the Cullen coven in Eclipse. She is a Mary Sue character; it seems like every vampire is darned nice and rational if we see the world from his or her perspective. I have no argument with this, except that it suggests a different world than the one Meyer asserted existed in the Twilight novels. It can be said of Bree that in comparison to whiny, self-absorbed, problem-causing Bella, she is alert, resourceful, and low-maintenance, even if she, too, falls instantly for a sparkly vampire boy. I leave aside, and to the reader's imagination, how, if vampires kissing each other equals unyielding stone on stone, they manage to have sex, or put on clothes, play piano, or pick up a pencil to do their homework when they pretend to be in high school.