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Fodor's Virginia & Maryland, 11th Edition
Fodor's Virginia & Maryland, 11th Edition
by Fodor Travel Publications
Edition: Paperback

2.0 out of 5 stars Well intentioned, but not enough detail for travellers, 16 Mar. 2015
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If I start with a positive, it is good that Fodor have published a guidebook on these two states, as I've searched for a long time and only been able to find 2-3 other books covering the same region. The book appears to cover most of the large tourist sites and other region al attractions. Unfortunately that is where the good news stops. In my opinion the book is unbalanced, offering lengthy reviews of hotels and restaurants, but with far too sketchy coverage of attractions. For a UK traveller visiting the US, I would have liked more information on the history, food and culture of the region. Let's be honest, one Hilton is very much like another. The information on the Skyline Drive, one of the key attractions, is very limited. I also think the rendering of the maps is dreadful. They are printed in greys and unless you know the geography of the area it is difficult to know what is sea, land or rivers. By contrast, I recently purchased the Moon guide to Virginia and Maryland, which I have found to be excellent.


One More Mountain
One More Mountain
by Caroline Frost
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Three books in one, 21 Feb. 2015
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As many of the other reviewers have noted, this book weaves together four separate threads, giving the book a rare pace and creating a page turner. The two most compelling threads are the account of the author's and her husband's time travelling, which demonstrates the old adage about the best laid plans, and the account of her husbands' struggle with cancer. This latter story is at times heart-rending and serves as testimony both to the miracles of modern medicine and also the strength of the human spirit.
The book will also serve as a useful guide to anyone considering a round the world trip as it contains lots of useful advice on planning, packing, finance and so on.
The book is very much a personal account, but if I have one small regret about the book it is that we rarely hear the voice of the author's husband. He endures a terrible ordeal. Few go to the edge and lean over in the way he has and it would have added interest to know how he felt and how he found the strength to keep going. We learn he kept a diary - perhaps a sequel beckons.


211 Things a Bright Boy Can Do
211 Things a Bright Boy Can Do
by Tom Cutler
Edition: Hardcover

4.0 out of 5 stars Gently Witty, 22 Dec. 2011
This is a perfect book for Christmas. You can dip in between opening presents and eating mince pies and learn something useful, like how to mow the lawn or how to appreciate wine. Gently witty throughout and laugh out loud on ocassion. An ideal stocking filler.


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