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The Voyage of the Short Serpent by Bernard du Boucheron
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Aug 18, 2008

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The small Christian colony in Greenland has dropped out of touch as the ice gets heavier, and a bishop/inquisitor is dispatched assist them -- and to punish such sinners as he may find. Needless to say, he finds plenty. And needless to say, it becomes obvious that he's one of the biggest sinners of all.

This is a short book and one I tore through -- I can't say it wasn't engaging. Maybe I've just read too many novels about people struggling and suffering in the Arctic, but that aspect of it seemed very familiar to me, and the hypocritical inquisitor never became a vivid character in my mind. Boucheron certainly packed plenty of atrocities into 200 pages, but the effect is more disgusting than enlightening.

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