Traveller's Guide to Planet Earth (Lonely Planet Traveller's Guide to Planet Earth) Paperback – 5 Nov 2010
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The "Planet Earth" TV series from 2006 set out to film some of the most remote and uninhabited (by humans) places on the planet, so a guidebook that attempts to give you tourist information about all of them is always going to have a tough job. If you were serious about a 'holiday' in any of these places, you would be looking at many thousands of pounds, and several weeks of travel- there are no weekend breaks here.
Such holidays are so unique and usually customised by expert travel agents that there's very little real 'guidebook'-style information here- there are almost no hotel listings (because there are usually no hotels in these places), very little travel information, and certainly no prices. As the book itself says, "you can't put a price on adventure" (p146), though it's probably also a case of "if you have to ask then it's out of your range" as well. What you do get is a few web addresses for some travel operators, and that's it. As well as feeling a bit short of useful information, it's also a little bit lacking in real character- there's not a lot of proper travel writing in it and what there is doesn't often invoke a real sense of any of the places being discussed. So as a Lonely Planet guidebook, it's a bit thin on the ground.
As a TV tie-in book it works better.Read more ›
Had the book been structured so that it followed the actual BBC Planet Earth program then it would be a different story entirely, but for now, you're far better off finding a book that is entirely dedicated to describing our planet.
This is supposed to be a companion to the series, which was billed as part of the BBC's science/nature output but was really a very luxurious travelogue. Younger children will like the book as it's a wonderful visual feast, older children will look at it once and then ignore it as there is nothing really informative in it. Adults will find it migrates to the toilet library and stays there until you throw it way. A missed opportunity, again, just like the series.
The structure of the book is as follows:
Mountains - 3 including the Simien mountains, the Rockies and the Torres del Paine, Chile
Fresh Water - 9 including Angel Falls and the great salmon migration in Canada
Caves - 4 including Lechguilla cave and the underwater cave in the Yucatan
Deserts - 6 including the Gobi, Sahara, Death Valley and the Australian Outback
Ice Worlds - 3: Artic, Antartica and Arctic Canada
Great Plains - 6 including the Himalayas, Mongolia and life on the Tibetan plateau
Jungles - 4: Borneo, New Guineau, the Amazon and Kibale Forest, Uganda
Shallow Seas - 6 including humpback migration in Hawaii and Penguins on Marion Island
Seasonal Forests - 6 including the call of the Lemur, Madagascar and Valdivian forest, Chile
Ocean Deep - 3: Dragon chimneys, Japan, Guatemala Bains and Pacific Volcanoes, off the coast of French Polynesias
Each destination has six pages with stunning photos, an Experience section which places you in the destination and some facts and lonely planet type orienting information. The photos are wonderful and the book plays to the armchair traveller or to someone who wants inspiration for one of their own jaunts.
I found the Experience section disappointing - written in the second person - eg 'It doesn't take long for you to sink into a daily rhythm of sunbathing, snorkelling, chilling in the village....you give in and sign up for a scuba diving course'.Read more ›
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This book is a companion to the planet Earth series. That series is great on-screen, not so good in this rather small paperback. Read morePublished on 20 Mar. 2011 by Many Beans
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