I started reading this, and decided that it wasn't really my cup of tea, so I gave it to my dad. He's an oceanog...moreI won this as a Goodreads first read.
I started reading this, and decided that it wasn't really my cup of tea, so I gave it to my dad. He's an oceanographer, and is always ready and willing to read books about waves and all that cool ocean stuff. Here's what he thought.
I would not recommend this book to anyone. The author was very disjointed and lacking in continuity. It was like she sat down with a pad of paper and made an unorganized list of everything she wanted to talk about, and then wrote her book in that order. She was jumping around from situation to situation, location to location. I couldn't keep up with her. She also repeated herself a lot, so I had a hard time knowing where she was.
Her facts were accurate, but to the average person who had not studied oceanography, I'm not sure they would understand. Sometimes her use of the science itself made no sense.
I would have enjoyed more imagery and detail. I wished she had described her experiences in the water in more detail. I wanted to know how she felt, and how she reacted. This was written like a play-by-play with no emotion or connection to the reader.
I only finished it because I was intrigued, and I love the science.
UPDATE: July 26th, 2010 - It's here in the mail and it says "Advanced Reader Copy" on the cover! I feel so speci...moreI won this is a Goodreads first read.
UPDATE: July 26th, 2010 - It's here in the mail and it says "Advanced Reader Copy" on the cover! I feel so special!! :P
September 6, 2010 - This book is very interesting! I enjoyed reading about the history and the artistic qualities of this bridge. Because I got an ARC, which did not include the 8-page color insert, I don't think I can really critique the pictures of lack thereof. I did see a few small B&W pictures, but they were not very good quality. I'm assuming they will be better quality in the final publication.
It's an interesting book that covers an interesting topic. The Golden Gate Bridge is an icon for not only California, but many other people throughout the USA and the world. The writing is done very well, and I like the division of the chapters. One reviewer mentioned that each chapter is like a small essay on a particular subject involving the bridge and I totally agree. Great read! (less)