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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.

Legends of New Caledonia: A Collection of Legends from the Isle of Pines - Jean-Claude Staudt,  Hilary Roots New Caledonia (not a country, but they'll vote on this in 2014-2019!)This collection of folk tales from New Caledonia may be illustrated by children, but it is not for children with delicate sensibilities. The stories have not been sanitized to make them less grim (or Grimm). People are eaten, animals chopped up, and in one case, a monster is defeated by a mighty enema blast. A fun little collection if you can get hold of a copy. Color paintings by children illustrate the sometimes-grisly text.