Review: Around the World in 80 Tales


Around the World in 80 Tales
Around the World in 80 Tales by Dave Tomlinson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is a great little book for those who love travel but have not been “around the world” like they probably wish. The author shares short journaled adventures from exotic places, from Malaysian island beaches, to Javanese volcanoes, to Cambodian temples to Himalayan base camps. It is not told in any kind of narrative form, so it lacks the kind of magical wistfulness you might get from Bruce Chatwin or Peter Matthiessen. In fact, the author even states that he randomized the chapter order to avoid the inevitable “trip” narratives. However, I enjoyed visiting these many exotic places vicariously. Also note that the book includes gorgeous photographs from these locales, so it is best when read on a full-color kindle (or physical copy, if available).

* I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. *

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Victor A. Davis has always loved reading and writing short stories. He is an avid hiker and even when away from the world of laptops and wifi, keeps a pocket paperback and a handwritten journal to keep him company on trail. He is the author of two short story collections, Grains of Sand and The Gingerbread Collection. Join his Mailing List for special announcements about upcoming works.