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Altered Realities by Alfred Bester
Angus and the Ducks
by Marjorie Flack
Batman: Year One by Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli
Battlestar Galactica by Jeffrey A. Carver
Bhangra Babes by Narinder Dhami
The Big Rock Candy Mountain by Wallace Stegner
Bone: Ghost Circles by Jeff Smith
Bone: Treasure Hunters by Jeff Smith
Coast to Coast by Catherine Donzel
Crazy Hair by Neil Gaiman
The Devil's Arthmetic by Jane Yolen
The Dyodyne Experiment by James Doulgeris and V. Michael Santoro
The Emergence of Maps in Libraries by Walter William Ristow
Finding Marco by Kenneth C. Cancellara
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
The Klondike Cat by Julie Lawson
Lavinia by Ursula K. Le Guin
The Little Rascals by Leonard Maltin
The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters
Monsoon Summer by Mitali Perkins
More Flanimals by Ricky Gervais
Mr McGratt and the Ornery Cat by Marilyn Helmer
My Guy by Sarah Weeks
Pass It Down by Leonard S. Marcus
Pure by Terra Elan McVoy
The Quest for Merlin's Map (The Jumper Chronicles) by W. C. Peever
Pure by Terra Elan McVoy
Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson
Somewhere Off the Coast of Maine by Ann Hood
Texas Tomboy by Lois Lenski
Thief of Shadows by Fred Chappell
Wildfire by Sarah Micklem

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Rating System

5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

Reading Challenges

My Kind of Mystery Reading Challenge 2017 February - January 2017-8



Comments for Finding Marco

Finding Marco: 10/05/10

 cover art (Link goes to Powells)Since I am in no financial position to travel right now, I do my traveling through books. I have book club friends who go to Italy on a regular basis so we tend to swap a lot of Italian themed books. Combine those to aspects of my life with description and gorgeous cover of Finding Marco by Kenneth C. Cancellara and the book seemed like a perfect read to snuggle up with.

Mark Gentile is a Canadian corporate lawyer on a career fast track. The first half of the book is full of his Marty Stu goodness. He's smart. He's dedicated. He's happily married. He's good at his job.

It's the most boring first half of a book I've read in a long time. Mark for all his perfection is a dull protagonist. There's no emotion, no conflict, no motivation to the plot.

Then just about the halfway point Mark suddenly remembers, announces for the sake of the blurb on the back of the book that he's Italian. He's actually named Marco and he moved to Canada as a young child. Now he suddenly wants to go home.

I'd find this change in events more plausible if it had happened sooner in the book and if his early childhood had been mentioned at the start of the book when he's a child. Every other nauseatingly dull piece of his childhood is there. So why isn't the relevant part included?

I didn't bother with the trip to Italy half of the book.

I received the book for review.

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