Mythical Monsters of the World

Description
From the Loch Ness Monster to the Jersey Devil, the Japanese demon Oni to the Inuit ogress Amautalik—the world is full of mythical monsters. Our List of the Month this October is devoted to their stories. Each participant may vote on ten titles. Please only downvote titles if they do not fit the theme.
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42,601 members
709 reviews
3.8
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35,390 members
624 reviews
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17 Members
hipdeep, conceptDawg, anglemark, deckla, kleo, malloyd, Cecrow, Heather39, sturlington, gypsysmom, al.vick, ahef1963, Boand, Charon07, DoomLuz, Thelamon1, awerling
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Boand: The original classic tale of a vampire which is the source material for many subsequent modern stories.
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25,345 members
333 reviews
3.8
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94,257 members
1,187 reviews
½ 4.3
10 Members
hipdeep, deckla, malloyd, FAMeulstee, al.vick, ahef1963, Book-Man-CMA, Thelamon1, awerling, AmbientSpiritLamb,conceptDawg , ,elahrairah
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malloyd: More than anything else, I think this book resurrected the dragon as a legitimate monster, not just an allegory for Satan.
elahrairah : great book but not our world!
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6,047 members
107 reviews
3.8
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7,845 members
104 reviews
3.8
7 Members
deckla, abbottthomas, sinki, tnilsson, ahef1963, ManWithAnAgenda, AmbientSpiritLamb
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abbottthomas: The Green Knight is usually portrayed as very human-looking but he is green and can carry his lopped off head around so I guess he qualifies as monstrous.
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7,518 members
191 reviews
4.2
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33,606 members
932 reviews
4.1
7 Members
deckla, ahef1963, ManWithAnAgenda, elahrairah, Yuki-Onna, Thelamon1, AmbientSpiritLamb,
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elahrairah: All of the myths, all at once.
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15,464 members
713 reviews
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6 Members
conceptDawg, Morphidae, vwinsloe, elahrairah, DoomLuz, Thelamon1,ahef1963
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elahrairah: i really enjoyed the zombie-apocalypse-as-sunday-supplement style of this. it turned an otherwise run-of-the-mill story into something special.
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5,141 members
105 reviews
½ 4.4
7 Members
terran, Cecrow, EMS_24, ahef1963, jsebrasky, ManWithAnAgenda, awerling, ,yoyogod
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: I'd vote for this in a heartbeat for metafiction, but while Grover is undoubtedly a monster he is not mythical.
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504 members
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5 Members
hipdeep, stealth.librarian, EMS_24, Elyssa523, Book-Man-CMA,ahef1963
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hipdeep: Banshees and fairies and selkies, oh my!
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4,831 members
190 reviews
4
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473 members
½ 3.6
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20 members
3 reviews
½ 4.5
3 Members
Aquila, EMS_24, Kesterbird
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Aquila: Kurangaituku is the bird woman in the tale of Hatupatu and the Birdwoman from Aotearoa
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188 members
4 reviews
½ 4.3
4 Members
paradoxosalpha, elenchus, rrjchristopher, Elyssa523,ahef1963
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paradoxosalpha: "the old race throwing angry primordials": a heady brew that makes you wonder what monsters are and whether you know any
elenchus: A monster from prehistoric times is found to be much closer than you might ... think.
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34,756 members
788 reviews
½ 4.3
5 Members
lquilter, jsebrasky, Boand, sarahkhl, AmbientSpiritLamb,yoyogod
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Boand: The devil and an archangel toy with humans in this fun loving romp
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53,012 members
473 reviews
4
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15,325 members
299 reviews
3.9
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5 members
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4,078 members
19 reviews
½ 4.6
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9,868 members
119 reviews
3.8
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4,774 members
75 reviews
3.8
3 Members
paradoxosalpha, EMS_24, maschi
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paradoxosalpha: The centerpiece of this late-antique romp is the fable of Cupid and Psyche, which is the germ of later monsters like Bluebeard and the Beast of Beauty and the Beast. (Yes, Eros is a monster of myth!)
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5,641 members
243 reviews
4.1
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2,254 members
138 reviews
4
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57 members
1 review
3.9
3 Members
paradoxosalpha, deckla, stealth.librarian
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paradoxosalpha: Current scholarship on Medieval demonology
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3,107 members
53 reviews
3.9
3 Members
dougb56586, rrjchristopher, ForAttentionPress
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ForAttentionPress: The Wheelers and Princess Langwidere
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973 members
31 reviews
½ 3.7
3 Members
anglemark, lquilter, ahef1963
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lquilter: Lovely story about trolls.
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1,022 members
3 reviews
4.1
3 Members
hipdeep, Morphidae, malloyd
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malloyd: The deep influence of D&D on the video game industry, and hence modern media in general, gives even the inauthentic monsters here a shot at immortality...
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1,793 members
16 reviews
½ 3.7
3 Members
paradoxosalpha, EMS_24, Patricia.Ralston
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paradoxosalpha: An adult fantasy that draws on biblical and other ancient Hebrew myths
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1,191 members
18 reviews
3.8
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391 members
3 reviews
½ 3.6
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4,010 members
34 reviews
½ 4.6
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5,421 members
360 reviews
4.1
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4,016 members
146 reviews
½ 3.6
2 Members
terran, tnilsson
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8,624 members
225 reviews
3.8
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7,004 members
158 reviews
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2 Members
EerierIdyllMeme, stealth.librarian
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EerierIdyllMeme: A fun take on the vampire myth.
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1,245 members
99 reviews
3.9
2 Members
lquilter, gypsysmom
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lquilter: Into the Drowning Deep features a discovery of mermaids - who are not the creatures of yore.
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12,403 members
478 reviews
½ 4.3
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1,102 members
72 reviews
½ 4.3
2 Members
conceptDawg, EerierIdyllMeme
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EerierIdyllMeme: The narrator imagines herself and the people around her as various mythical monsters.
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939 members
71 reviews
½ 3.4
3 Members
kleo, Boand, Patricia.Ralston,pstgeorge2
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Boand: A modern take on an ancient mythic monster
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4,141 members
237 reviews
3.9
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5 members
2 Members
Aquila, Kesterbird
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Aquila: Taniwha from Aotearoa
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1,952 members
46 reviews
3.8
2 Members
ManWithAnAgenda, Boand
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Boand: A modern fairy tale based on characters from the ancient Welsh book The Mabinogion
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687 members
5 reviews
½ 3.7
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1,061 members
11 reviews
4
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2,302 members
46 reviews
½ 3.6
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3,220 members
73 reviews
½ 3.4
2 Members
hipdeep, DoomLuz
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5,722 members
459 reviews
½ 4.4
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21,439 members
756 reviews
½ 3.7
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14,833 members
93 reviews
3.9
2 Members
Morphidae, malloyd
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malloyd: My first (long ago elementary school) exposure to the monsters of Greek myth.
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392 members
19 reviews
½ 3.7
2 Members
lquilter, vwinsloe
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lquilter: A wonderful story of a 19th century woman and her cryptozoological adventure ....
vwinsloe: Featuring Bigfoot, or Bigfeet, or Sasquatches?
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86 members
4 reviews
3.2
2 Members
yoyogod, sturlington
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yoyogod: A "classic" 70s horror novel about a killer bigfoot.
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17 members
1 review
½ 3.7
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2,256 members
18 reviews
4.1
2 Members
EMS_24, Book-Man-CMA
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EMS_24: Will they find the owner of these big paw marks?
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961 members
42 reviews
3.8
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24,924 members
578 reviews
4.1
2 Members
elahrairah, AmbientSpiritLamb
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elahrairah: monsters of london below
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37 members
1 review
½ 4.3
2 Members
hipdeep, Ciarda
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14,334 members
111 reviews
4.2
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malloyd
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2,696 members
30 reviews
4
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Ciarda
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1,956 members
28 reviews
½ 3.6
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RaeCreated
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RaeCreated: Death and terror in the woods and Bigfoot may be the cause.
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1,824 members
51 reviews
½ 3.7
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dewasus1
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1,349 members
35 reviews
3.9
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789 members
33 reviews
½ 3.6
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noveltea
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695 members
34 reviews
3.8
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619 members
27 reviews
½ 4.3
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nrmay
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128 members
9 reviews
½ 4.3
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slimikin
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113 members
3 reviews
½ 3.7
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106 members
1 review
3.8
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71 members
2 reviews
4.2
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elahrairah
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elahrairah: sometimes the monsters are us.
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41 members
2 reviews
4.2
Member
yoyogod
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yoyogod: The albatwitch is a cryptid said to be native to my area of Pennsylvania. It is essentially a small bigfoot that throws apples at people.
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21 members
2 reviews
4
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SLVMuseum
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12 members
1 review
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paradoxosalpha
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paradoxosalpha: Insightful scholarship concerning Rabelaisian giants and their conceptual forebears
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10 members
1 review
4
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JalenV
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JalenV: This is an illustrated (cartoon style) guide to mythical monsters of many countries, most of which I had not heard of before.
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timspalding
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timspalding: Ctesias was the first author to describe the "Manticore," among other criters.
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22,901 members
332 reviews
3.8
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gypsysmom
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16,281 members
295 reviews
3.9
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tina1969
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1,499 members
113 reviews
3.9
Member
Morphidae
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Morphidae: (Ignore the cover. It's atrocious.) Whenever I hear "monsters", I think of Verity Price, who has been raised to be a cryptologist (monster hunter) since she was old enough to hold a knife in her tiny fist. What she wants to do, however, is to be a professional ball room dancer. Now if those pesky monsters would simply stay out of her way...
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1,028 members
12 reviews
½ 4.4
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Heather39
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867 members
22 reviews
½ 3.4
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yoyogod
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608 members
27 reviews
½ 3.5
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sturlington
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sturlington: An abandoned amusement park that is a labyrinth, a monster at the middle of it, and a sacrifice.
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419 members
16 reviews
½ 3.4
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karenb
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408 members
2 reviews
½ 3.6
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JalenV
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JalenV: It's very scholarly, even if the author made a habit of quoting in original languages without always translating them.
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339 members
14 reviews
4.1
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nrmay
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263 members
15 reviews
4.2
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EerierIdyllMeme
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EerierIdyllMeme: One of my favourite surprise appearances of this mythical creature.
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96 members
11 reviews
4
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slimikin
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24 members
5
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19,255 members
1,134 reviews
½ 3.7
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terran
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17,970 members
518 reviews
3.9
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sarahkhl
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1,638 members
101 reviews
3.9
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gypsysmom
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1,335 members
77 reviews
3.8
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sturlington
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sturlington: A troll living in a cave in the heart of Queens.