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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.

Tools and Practices: Change and Continuity in the Cambodian Countryside - Ly Daravuth,  Ingrid Muan This profusely illustrated catalogue includes an introductory essay and commentary throughout. It depicts two types of tools found in Cambodia: Traditional tools and implements still in use (for example, palm sugar collectors made of bamboo, because bamboo can be smoked to give the palm sugar the traditional flavor), and those that have been modernized (such as plastic soda bottles used as fishing net floats). It gives a terrific sense of the resourcefulness and versatility of the people, as well as sounding a cautionary note about non-biodegradable objects. Village waste is typically left to rot or is burned, and neither of these is a satisfactory solution to plastic waste.