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I read widely and in most genres but romance and westerns. Here you'll find my reviews since 2007, with a few reviews of previously read books as well.


In 2012, I completed an "authors of the world" challenge, reading a book for every country (and a few other entities) by someone who'd lived there for at least two years. I expect to tag these books by challenge and country in the near future. I'm still refining my list by adding books that better meet my challenge criteria.

100 Birds to See Before You Die - David  Chandler, Dominic Couzens Big format with big photos make this a browsing pleasure. The text (one page per bird) varies from interesting and engaging to repetitive and jocularly anthropomorphically sexist. There are a few in-page editorial errors (for example, "elicit" when "illicit" is intended), and some overall continuity problems (for example, a page defining "lek" after leks have been referenced a number of times). Some descriptions end with weak and repetitive filler text to round out a full page. B+ for text, A for photos.I've seen 8 and hope to pick up a 9th that's not rare but is location-specific in 2012.