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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 English Patient - Michael Ondaatje The first of two books featuring a burned man with a mysterious, plot-twisting identity I happened to read simultaneously in some weird kismet-y thing. I never saw the film, and this was so much better than anyone led me to believe that I must now a) re-evaluate everything I've ever been told; and b) read everything by Ondaatje that I haven't already. The complaints I'd heard were that "it's boring" and "nothing happens," neither of which were my experience of it. I did think the parallelism, symbolism, and complementary aspects of characters and actions were pretty obvious and overblown, but I didn't find that this detracted from my enjoyment. I kept thinking, "If they made a film of this, I'll bet they'd...," so I suppose I'll have to see if they did.