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by Bill Ward on November 30, 2009

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Gay Degani November 30, 2009 at 9:25 pm

I love when you post these. Haven’t read any of these though I did check Ivan out of the library once. I struggle with those Russians. lately I’ve been reading Lee Child (Persuader right now) as well as The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford, People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks, and hmmm, Olive Kitteridge while I was in Vermont. Oh and The Girl who Played with Fire. Now that was a fun read but spotty and sloppy in places especially toward the end. Looking forward to reading Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

Bill Ward November 30, 2009 at 11:25 pm

I don’t think I know any of those, Gay.

Nice thing about ‘Ivan’ is it’s very short, not at all intimidating like, well, just about everything else written by famous 19th century Russians.

And I’m glad you like my Roundups!

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