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Oct 14, 2007 Christian rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: those who don't know where they're-a gonna go when the volcano blows
Warning: this is not a book about volcanoes; it's a travel memoir with volcanoes as the prominent focus. I was hoping for more science, mythology and history; instead we get a chapter on the new age people at Mt. Shasta. A lot of potential as a subject, but wasted.
Great and expressively written view of volcanoes in terms of human history and culture. I thought it touched upon a lot of where my own fascination with volcanoes comes from. However, I was thrown off by the final chapter focusing on rather extreme new-age mysticism surrounding Mt. Shasta--it was a real departure from the rest of the book, and it just ended so abruptly. I had to dock a star for that.