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Rising Fire: Volcanoes and Our Inner Lives

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  15 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
An eloquent journey through the fantastic world of volcanoes and volcano lore.
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published August 1st 2004 by Lyons Press
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Christian
Sep 29, 2007 rated it it was ok
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.
Rossdavidh
Jun 08, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: purple
So, here's a book about volcanoes, written by a guy who would rather be writing fiction. It's hit or miss.

Apparently, the author was called into service to write a kids' book on volcanoes. This he did, but the research he did for that book had bit him with a bug for volcanoes, and he kept researching. He goes to see volcanoes (current and former) in Europe, Mexico, the Pacific, Alaska, and the Pacific Northwest. He sees the remnants of a tiny Caribbean island of Montserrat (a British protectorat
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Smitha
Feb 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
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.
Stacy
Jul 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
I would love to see an updated version of this book, as the one I read came out in 2004. It's an elegant travel take of volcanoes, not so much of the science but the myth/legend/romance of them.

Which is probably why I liked it.
Riley
Nov 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a good intro book on volcanoes. Very simple, not written by a scientist. Almost more folklore than science. But this made it more accessible. Also had a fair bit of more modern history in it.
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