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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 Fugitive - Pramoedya Ananta Toer Indonesia.Reportedly structured as a Balinese shadow play, though familiarity with that form is not necessary for enjoying the novel. It begins in medias res but the reader does not need the anxious and intrusive little introduction to orient to the plot. The narrative is simple and somewhat artificial, but engaging nonetheless. Read with Aw's The Harmony Silk Factory and Kim's Lost Names Scenes from a Korean Boyhood for a broader perspective on the Japanese occupation across countries.