Amy L. Campbell's Reviews > The Wave: In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks, and Giants of the Ocean

The Wave by Susan Casey
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bookshelves: advanced-copy, 2010, blogged, reviewed, non-fiction
Read from September 09 to 12, 2010

Note: This review is for a galley copy and may not accurately reflect the finished work.

Casey presents a solid work on waves from both the scientific community and the surfer community. Chapters tend to switch from over-the-top surf wipeouts and successes to even more fascinating analysis of wave data and what it means for the ecological and economic nautical future.

It is a bit light and fluffy on the science side, people with an 8th grade knowledge of science will have no problem digesting this, but Casey was definitely more focused on the surfers. Some of the surf portions do become a bit repetitive, but it offers a good look at surf culture. Casey is a bit butt-kissy to the surfers, but she does try to present jerk behavior when it is present, the biggest example being during the award ceremony near the end of the book.

Because the was a galley I wasn't able to evaluate the sources used. This is a huge oversight on the publishers part. However, there isn't enough science or hard facts to really make this a useful part of a research collection. However, the writing is fairly compelling and it would be a great addition for a library that needs to update this particular section of the Dewey.

The reviewer is a 2009 graduate of Kent State University's Master of Library and Information Sciences program, an alumna of Antioch College, and the author of the blog A Librarian's Life in Books.
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