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review 2018-03-02 16:21
Visually appealing, but uninformative
Wings Over Water: A Chronicle Of The Flying Boats And Amphibians Of The Twentieth Century - David Oliver

What David Oliver offers in this book is a graphically-appealing description of the development and use of flying boats and amphibious airplanes over the course of the twentieth century. Beginning with the earliest craft, he details their use in the First World War, their development as race planes and long-distance passenger transport in the interwar period, their roles during the Second World War, and their evolving use in the postwar era. All of this is supplemented with a generous use of photos and maps which help capture some of the glamor and majesty these craft so obviously have for the author.

 

All of this makes Oliver's a book an enjoyable enough read, but it is also a frustrating one. While he describes the many ways in which these planes were employed, he never really provides a context for his information. What readers get is the what and the when, but not the why of flying boats and amphibians. Such a context might better explain some of the outsized fascination these planes have held for people, as well as how they were eventually superseded in many of their roles by other craft. Anyone interested in answers to these questions has to look elsewhere, as Oliver's book ultimately serves as little more than a visual introduction to these fascinating and functional creations.

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review 2016-12-16 00:00
Boats
Boats - Byron Barton Boats - Byron Barton Boardbook for toddlers. Simple pictures and phrases.
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review 2016-08-19 21:05
If this was Shark Week I'd be super relevant
The Fin: Fate, is only waist deep... - Adam Horeth,Konrad Miekina,Matthew Danza

The following book was kindly sent to me by the author, Matthew Danza, who requested a review.

 

I'm going to come right out and say that I didn't care for The Fin. I can see why some people would enjoy it but this just wasn't the book for me. There's a lot of teenage angst combined with gore which sounds like a good time but I felt like it didn't really go anywhere. The story follows Lee, an annoying and obnoxious teenager, living on a small island with her twin brother James and her father. (There's a secondary storyline about her estrangement with her mother which was awkwardly included but ultimately went nowhere.) Her good friend (who obviously likes her and who she likes back) is named Adam and he rounds out the main cast of characters. Based on the title of this book and the cover art, it's obvious that this is a story about a shark attack. Firstly, I felt the storyline was excruciatingly slow especially for a novella. Also, totally predictable. (And I think the author was going for a Jaws homage but it felt super forced and corny to me.) The only good thing about this book was that it was mercifully short. I think that the author was trying to do too much for the length of a novella. This was a 1/10 for me.

Source: readingfortheheckofit.blogspot.com
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review 2016-01-10 14:52
Boats for Papa
Boats for Papa - Jessixa Bagley

1/10/2016 ** Beautifully poignant tale of love, loss, and appreciation for the person in our life every single day. Caldecott contender?

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quote 2015-12-07 15:07
"So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”

~ F Scott Fitzgerald (The Great Gatsby)

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