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Eager reader of history, mystery, classics, biographies, steampunk, lit fic, science, scifi, and etc. My reviews are mostly positive--I rarely finish or write about books I don't enjoy. My TBR is too high for that.


Swamplandia! - I absolutely loved the first half of the book--the alligator-wrestling, independent Bigtree family, the swampy island/decaying amusement park setting, and the wonderfully evocative writing. But my interest and enjoyment fell flat about the time Ava set off with the sinister seeming Bird Man in search of Osceola, her ghost-eloping sister. For me, the plot started to drag and the details and digressions became both too long and too uninteresting. Also, Ava's incongruous trust of Bird Man felt so unlikely I lost the ability to sink into the story and finished the book as an aloof observer.