Being a lover of Seattle and local history, I was ashamed (ashamed!) that I'd never watched Here Come the Brides. Last year, I decided I needed to sitBeing a lover of Seattle and local history, I was ashamed (ashamed!) that I'd never watched Here Come the Brides. Last year, I decided I needed to sit down and watch the show, which then led to me becoming curious again about the Mercer girls, the women Asa Mercer brought from the East Coast to Seattle for all the men who were settling the town. I knew who/what they were, but not a whole lot about them, and especially not the trip. I think I sort of knew they took a boat, but when I saw it on the TV show, I was surprised that they didn't go by land, so I obviously didn't remember my seventh-grade history all that well. I did some searching for books about Mercer, the girls, and the trip, and one of the books I came up with was this account, in the form of a journal kept by Roger Conant, a reporter for the New York Times who took the voyage to document it for the NY newspaper.
I also read The Voyage Of The Continental, a YA historical fiction about the trip, and unfortunately, this book pales in comparison. That's not surprising, given that Conant's book is a journal, and The Voyage of the Continental, while written in the form of a journal, is a novel, which means more plot, and more storyline and character development. Conant's account, however, is interesting for the fact that it was an actual, I-was-there account of this mass (not so mass) migration from the East Coast to the West Coast, traveling down to the tip of South America and back....more
Well, this is one of those books that's interesting if you're a superfan/completist, but only so you can say you read it, and maybe picked up an interWell, this is one of those books that's interesting if you're a superfan/completist, but only so you can say you read it, and maybe picked up an interesting tidbit or two.
There's not much that fans (even casual fans) don't know, and the book is riddled with errors. For one: Under the Barenaked Ladies entry is a picture of a group DEFINITELY not the Barenaked Ladies. If the fact-checkers of the book can't even get a picture correct, replacing a group of five thirties-ish Canadians with four people I've never seen before (possibly boy band members), what else did they screw up?
Secondly, they have some very strange listings, like "Broken Legs and Bad Driving" (Kaley Cuoco's injuries) and "Canuck Love" (ratings in Canada). (Also, "Farrah Fowler, Amy" -- shouldn't it be "Fowler, Amy Farrah"?)
Another reviewer mentioned the use of exclamation marks that make it seem like this is a teen fanzine. I hadn't noticed them until I read that review, but then I started to become aware of them! They're everywhere! Like OMG!
Also, some of the pictures look like the author or someone at the publishing company just sat outside the actors' houses and waited to take pics of them on the street, paparazzi style. That in itself isn't horrible, but it definitely takes credibility away from the book, especially given the other issues.
Plus, oh so many grammar and punctuation errors -- repeatedly leaving out "the," leaving out other words, repeating words and phrases in a sentence, comma issues... ohhh, it's sooo not good. This seems like they tried to just bang (ha!) a book out quickly to capitalize on the success of the show, and didn't spend a whole lot of time checking anything. ...more
It was an okay book. I mean, it's basically a dictionary/encyclopedia, so it's not the most engaging read when you're reading it straight through. It'It was an okay book. I mean, it's basically a dictionary/encyclopedia, so it's not the most engaging read when you're reading it straight through. It's informative, so that's good.
One thing that got me, though, was that there were lots of confusing sentences, either because of the wording or punctuation, like commas in strange places or no commas where I was expecting them.
I also didn't love some of the cross-referencing, or lack of it. There might be entries that referred to a person with an alternative name, but if you looked up that alternative name, in some cases there was nothing to refer you back to the first version of the name. For example, if there were a person Bob, also known as John, as named by Mythographer X: in some cases, you could look up both Bob and John and get *some* sort of information (either the full story, or a cross reference to the other name); in other cases, though, you could look up Bob and see the story there, but there'd be nothing under John to tell you to go look up Bob. ...more
I was really excited about this book coming out, but didn't want to read it until I'd finished rewatching the enErmmm... Well, the pictures are nice.
I was really excited about this book coming out, but didn't want to read it until I'd finished rewatching the entire series. As soon as it came out and people started reading it, though, I began hearing not-so-great things about it, mostly examples of things the authors got wrong (e.g. http://lostpedia.wikia.com/wiki/Lost_...). So reading the book, I was taking it all with a grain of salt. Things I was reading and things I was learning may or may not be true, and how good of a review can you give a book that may or may not be correct?
Plus, there were lots of editing issues. There were way too many times when chunks of text were repeated within an entry. It's really annoying to read the same text over and over, and it made me wonder why no one noticed such obvious issues. Additionally, there are also punctuation and grammar errors, and poorly- and confusingly-worded sentences. Picky things, I know, but publishing companies are supposed to have editors -- where were the editors when this was being put together?!?
I'd still recommend this book to fans of Lost, but I would warn readers (especially people who don't know Lost inside and out) to proceed cautiously and not take everything in the book as gospel (even though it's endorsed by Damon Lindleof and Carlton Cuse!)....more
A nice little reference-type book about why each state is shaped the way it is. Each state gets roughly 4-8 pages of small maps and text laying out thA nice little reference-type book about why each state is shaped the way it is. Each state gets roughly 4-8 pages of small maps and text laying out the history of the state's borders.
The only thing I didn't like about the book was that the states are listed alphabetically, even though it often seemed like it would have made more sense to have them chronologically (perhaps chronologically according to year of statehood). There were many times when one chapter referred to the chapter of another state whose adjacent border affected the border of the state you're reading about, but since they states are alphabetical, you either read that state a long time ago, or haven't gotten there yet. ...more
Good advice for looking for rare books, selling rare books, and caring for books. Lots of other reference guides discussed, too.
The one thing that I dGood advice for looking for rare books, selling rare books, and caring for books. Lots of other reference guides discussed, too.
The one thing that I didn't like about this book is that the title is slightly misleading. There's not as much about finding and buying rare books that you're looking for; it's much more about how to find books that you can turn around and sell. It's about finding *any* book to turn around, rather than finding those specific books you're looking for for your own collection....more
A quick but quirky and witty guide through some of the most basic catchphrases of an English class, and how to understand what those elements mean toA quick but quirky and witty guide through some of the most basic catchphrases of an English class, and how to understand what those elements mean to a story -- symbolism (e.g. rain is baptismal, eating is communion); setting; irony; if a story's plot seems vaguely familiar, think Shakespeare or the Bible; etc.
If you've taken many literature classes, this book is a cute companion to all those class times, and serves as a trip down memory lane, but nothing you didn't know already; if you weren't an English major or a literature geek, it's a nice introductory/refresher course to "how to read" a book. (I put the scare quotes around it because I have never been one to believe that authors *always* [or sometimes ever] mean what English teachers/students interpret them to mean.)...more
An interesting reference-type book of events in US history, told through first-hand accounts.
The first-hand accounts are what make the book really inAn interesting reference-type book of events in US history, told through first-hand accounts.
The first-hand accounts are what make the book really interesting -- it's not just another history book or book about history, but it has little snippets of accounts (taken from autobiographies, collections, newspapers, court reports, 911 calls, etc.) from people who were actually there....more