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Reading widely since 1972.

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A London Family, 1870-1900: A Trilogy
Molly Hughes
The Cellist of Sarajevo
Steven Galloway
Lives of a Cell: Notes of a Biology Watcher
Lewis Thomas
All the Names
José Saramago, Margaret Jull Costa
A History of the World in 100 Objects
Neil MacGregor
Down the Garden Path
Beverley Nichols
Virtue Betray'd, Or, Anna Bullen
John Banks
Year of Wonders
Geraldine Brooks
Swallows and Amazons
Arthur Ransome
Illusion in java
Gene Fowler
Sport - Louise Fitzhugh I read Harriet the Spy and The Long Secret in grade school and it was only a couple years ago that I discovered there was this other book, Sport. I was excited because I'd liked Sport in Harriet the Spy and was looking forward to reading more about him. Sport reminded me of myself because I was also the only child of a single parent and I took on a lot of worry and responsibility about money. But when I finally managed to lay hands on a copy, I was disappointed. Her writing wasn't nearly so pithy and the plot was thin and predictable. The characters were one-dimensional. It was like when a series becomes a franchise and other authors start writing sequels, except this actually was the original author. It's too bad because Sport could have made a great main character. Perhaps publishers pressured Fitzhugh into writing this sequel, I don't know. But her love for the characters seemed to have gone.