A city is so much more than a list of places to visit and that can make planning a vacation to a new place a challSo much more than a travel guide
A city is so much more than a list of places to visit and that can make planning a vacation to a new place a challenge.
It is great to know the best restaurants and hotels to visit, but travel guides that list page after page of restaurant reviews don't help visitors to understand the "place" they are visiting. 251 Things to do in Tofino is so much more than a travel guide - it IS Tofino in a book.
Embracing and explaining the historical significance of the indigenous animals and tribal populations, personal accounts from the residents and small business owners, and hilariously worded headlines ("What the heck is the difference wild and farmed salmon?") sets this guide apart from the rest.
The cultural aspect of this guide, I think, are incredibly important to the conversation and sustainability of this area of the world. The guide explain's the significance of the Tla-o-qui-aht tribe, the animal sanctuaries within Clayoquot Sound, and the tribal parks. As a potential visitor to Tofino, it is important to understand and respect the area you visit and I imagine the residents of Tofino are appreciative of the time put into this aspect as well. There is plenty of levity and fun facts, places to go and nature to explore - this a travel guide, not a history book, but I do appreciate the balance.
This guide encourages tourists to not only visit Tofino, but makes them excited to meet an interact with the locals by providing a few "slang terms" to blend right in.
Written in a personalized yet respectful and educating tone, Kait and her contributors nailed this travel guide and introduced me to a town in Canada I hadn't previously been interested in traveling to.
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The Sultan's Heir takes you on a vivid and gripping adventure beginning in the Summer of 1205 between neighboring towns of Zaityra and Ronan at war wiThe Sultan's Heir takes you on a vivid and gripping adventure beginning in the Summer of 1205 between neighboring towns of Zaityra and Ronan at war with each other. The Sultan's son, Erezhad, watches the death of his father and vows to never be the brutal ruler, or philadander that his father was, but after the birth of five daughters, he knows he has to leave an heir - a son, to keep peace within Zaityra.
A harem woman promises to give him that son, Zamaya, but she has far more ambitious goals in mind when their child Ezhad is born.
The Sultan's sister and closest friend within the palace is far from safe Seraya, even as she has befriended the Ronan soldier stationed inside of the Zaityra palace at the cessation of the war. Zamaya will make certain that her child, even out of her wedlock, will be the one true heir to the Zaityra throne.
The Sultan's Heir is an epic fantasy of battle, love, deceit and betrayal and a genuine page turner with new characters at every turn.
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The Great Gatsby stands the test of time in American literature and remains one of the great classics. The wealthy Jay Gatsby had everything he couldThe Great Gatsby stands the test of time in American literature and remains one of the great classics. The wealthy Jay Gatsby had everything he could need in the excess of the 1920s, except his true love, Daisy Buchanan. In New York, the parties were bigger, the drinks were stiffer, and the parties were louder. Fitzgerald guides the reader through the love story with the help of Daisy's cousin, and Jay's neighbor, the naive and friendly Nick Carraway. The themes in this book demonstrate the utter beauty and tragedy of the human condition that were simply magnified during the Jazz Age to make this a story that will haunt you long after the last page. ...more
Dennis Lehane knows how to tell a story and how to keep you glued to the end of your seat ripping the pages back because you HAVE to find out what hapDennis Lehane knows how to tell a story and how to keep you glued to the end of your seat ripping the pages back because you HAVE to find out what happens next. In Shutter Island, he keeps that tradition going with a whirlwind story that unravels until the very last page and a psychological mystery that will make you think back through everything you've read. One of my favorites. ...more