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The Seattle & Vancouver Book, A Complete Guide: Includes the Olympic Peninsula, Victoria & More (Great Destinations) Paperback – June 7, 2005


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Ray Chatelin is a prolific travel writer with numerous articles in magazines, newspapers, and online journals. He has written a long list of books, including travel titles covering the Pacific Northwest and Canada. He lives in Kamloops, British Columbia.
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Product Details

  • Series: Explorer's Great Destinations
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Countryman Press (June 7, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581570279
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581570274
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 0.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 1.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,460,865 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'm toying with the notion that 2 stars is too harsh. But the bottom line is that I was a little disappointed. Is too much to expect an intimate treatise on the clouded, recondite splendors of a newly encountered land? I sought a guide through the underground, a regional map to hidden gems. Instead, this book provided suggestions that a simple Google search would yield. Perhaps this was published before the ubiquity of 4G & wi-fi, and the thought was that it would benefit people 'on-the-go', who couldn't remember the name of that taxingly trite restaurant they wanted to visit without the aid of a reference book.
In the era of Yelp, one doesn't need a book to discover these sort of things-- one needs a local account in order to get past them, to cross into the Land of the Local as though breaking through a Red Rover chain. You need a likeminded vanguard with a thirst for adventure to answer the superficially tame question, "So, what do you guys do for fun around here?"
Maybe the answer is, "Nothing. We're in BFE." In which case, the author did his damnedest to catalog it, working miracles to fill the bounty of pages with fairly detailed content. Perhaps he could have warned us in the prologue, "Have you asked yourself WHY you want to travel to the Northwest?" or in the epilogue, "Yes, really, that's all there is," as a sort of prank. But he didn't, and so now we (I) wonder if this really is his, or even most people's, idea of a good time.
I should have known better - it didn't market itself as a specialty book. It was just one of the few I could find for that specific region.
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