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Lonely Planet Africa (Travel Guide)
Lonely Planet Africa (Travel Guide)
by Simon Richmond
Edition: Paperback
Price: $28.45
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Scanty information on 11 countries, November 24, 2013
Before ordering this book you should be aware of what is not included. In this 2013 edition the coverage of 11 lightly-visited African countries has been cut to four pages of Wikipedia-style background information on each. This applies to Angola, Central African Republic, Chad, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Guinea, Libya, Mali, Niger, Sao Tome, and South Sudan. For hotel and transportation listings and even sightseeing details on any of those you'll need to turn to the 2010 edition of this book.


Lonely Planet Madagascar (Travel Guide)
Lonely Planet Madagascar (Travel Guide)
by Emilie Filou
Edition: Paperback
Price: $18.66
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Comores Not Included, July 14, 2012
It's a pity that Lonely Planet has seen fit to drop Comores from this 7th edition. The era when Lonely Planet covered every country in the world has passed and these days travelers who venture too far off the beaten track are forced to fall back on the internet. The web is a great thing but much of the free online information is inaccurate and very little of it will have been vetted by a professional editor. If you're going to Madagascar, you'd be foolish not to buy this book. But if you're heading for Moroni or Mayotte, you'll have to look elsewhere.


Central Asia (Lonely Planet Travel Guides)
Central Asia (Lonely Planet Travel Guides)
by Bradley Mayhew
Edition: Paperback
58 used & new from $0.01

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars an essential guide to the region, July 16, 2009
I cannot imagine anyone visiting Central Asia without this guide. I used it on a one-month trip around Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan and found most of the information to be remarkably complete and accurate. The authors obviously did not travel overland between Khojand and Osh via Batken but even the few sketchy references were enough to see me through. I saved $20 by hiring a taxi only to Kyzyl-Kiya rather than right through to Osh, a tactic they will probably include in the next edition. In Dushanbe, the Vakhsh Hotel has tripled their prices but all of the other hotel listings I used were right on. The good news is that tourists no longer need to bother with OVIR registration in Tajikistan. I found Central Asia safe, friendly, and inexpensive. It was intriguing and I am grateful to this book for showing me around.


Shangri-La: A Travel Guide To The Himalayan Dream (Bradt Travel Guide)
Shangri-La: A Travel Guide To The Himalayan Dream (Bradt Travel Guide)
by Michael Buckley
Edition: Paperback
Price: $23.39
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Legendary Places, May 26, 2009
If American novelist James Michener invented Bali Hai, Shangri-La was created by British novelist James Hilton, author of the 1933 novel Lost Horizon. Now Vancouver-based travel writer Michael Buckley has produced Shangri-La: A Travel Guide to the Himalayan Dream, published by Bradt Travel Guides. The scoop of the book is impressive, covering a 12-country oblong rectangle bounded by Kabul (Afghanistan), Kashgar (China), Chongqing (China), and Bangkok (Thailand). I have been to many of the legendary cities covered in the guide, including Leh, Lhasa, Kathmandu, and Thimphu. and I share Michaels passion for the region. My trip to Nepal was incomplete and this book has given me the urge to return. Shangri-La: A Travel Guide to the Himalayan Dream is brimming with National Geographic-quality photography and cultural trivia, and although travel routes and logistics are touched upon briefly, you would need to another guide for specific hotel and restaurant information and Buckley has a 300-page Tibet (Bradt Travel Guide)for Tibetan plateau coverage in great detail from same publisher.


Do Travel Writers Go to Hell?: A Swashbuckling Tale of High Adventures, Questionable Ethics, and Professional Hedonism
Do Travel Writers Go to Hell?: A Swashbuckling Tale of High Adventures, Questionable Ethics, and Professional Hedonism
by Thomas B. Kohnstamm
Edition: Paperback
Price: $10.87
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Guidebook users pay the price, June 4, 2008
I can personally relate to this book as I was forced to flee Sao Luis to escape scamming cops just as Kohnstamm does toward the end of his book. My trip was in 1973, Kohnstamm's was in 2004, some things never change. As an ex-Lonely Planet author, I can also relate to Kohnstamm's expose about how LP updaters are grossly underpaid. I stopped writing for them in 2002 when I realized I was only breaking even. Of course, it's easy to badmouth Lonely Planet for exploiting their idealistic young researchers, but are guidebook users willing to pay the real price of their guides? When you consider all the helpful detail available from Lonely Planet, Moon, Let's Go, Rough, Footprint, etc, travel guidebooks are incredibly cheap.

In the book Kohnstamm tells how his research trip to Brazil was a disaster until he discovered that he could become an instant VIP by using the official business cards thoughtfully provided by Lonely Planet. From that point on it's easy going for Thomas with tourism operators falling over each other to show him around, feed and water him, and provide accommodations. If you look in the front of any LP guide you'll notice a little disclaimer "Lonely Planet writers do not accept discounts or payments in exchange for positive coverage of any sort." Notice the wording. It seems that it's okay to accept discounts and payments so long as they're not tied to positive coverage. Of course, guidebook updaters who do accept freebies will inevitably speak well of their hosts. That's only human nature. Guidebook users pay the price.

Backpackers looking for places to party and sex tourists in search of prey will be attracted to Brazil by this book. However, if you're an aspiring writer hoping to learn about travel writing, don't expect much as the narrative is mostly about Kohnstamm himself. You could easily skip the first few chapters about his empty life in New York.


Translation - A Flawless Career
Translation - A Flawless Career
by Pascale Daniel
Edition: Perfect Paperback
Price: $39.95
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars useful tips for freelance translators, March 21, 2008
Pascale Daniel's book, Translation - A Flawless Career, offers many useful tips for freelance translators. The business side of the profession is covered in detail, with information on finding clients, contracts, billing, and pricing. The problems a translator can encounter, including scams by unscrupulous contractors, are discussed. Pascale Daniel founded [...] in 1999 and currently specializes in French translations from her base in the United States. The book relates her years as a teacher in New Caledonia and her studies on the island of Tahiti. However, Translation A Flawless Career covers far more than that. There's a brief history of languages and linguistics, including illustrations in the annexes of the world's major scripts. World language families are introduced through maps. Anyone contemplating a career as a freelance translator will find Daniel's book very useful.
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Moon Handbooks Belize
Moon Handbooks Belize
by Joshua Berman
Edition: Paperback
59 used & new from $0.01

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Award-Winning Guidebook, September 28, 2005
This review is from: Moon Handbooks Belize (Paperback)
It's fitting that this 6th edition of Moon Handbooks Belize has won the prestigious Lowell Thomas Award granted by the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) in the Best Guidebook category. Joshua Berman has done a splendid job adapting and updating a previous edition by Chicki Mallan - Moon Handbooks Belize has been reborn! It's a state-of-the-art example of Moon's new book design, and you won't find a better guide to Belize than this.


South Pacific Islands
South Pacific Islands
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars it doesn't come any better than this, December 21, 2004
This review is from: South Pacific Islands (Audio CD)
This outstanding collection of 11 songs by seven groups is required listening for anyone interested in the South Pacific music of today. These are not recordings of obscure tribal music taped in remote locations by ethnomusicologists. Rather, the best traditions of authentic island music have fused with contemporary pop and reggae to create some very catchy tunes. Four tracks are from the Pacific's most famous band, Te Vaka, and we're introduced to Matato'a from Easter Island, OK! Ryos and Gurejele from Mare Island in New Caledonia, and Telek from Papua New Guinea. The one song by the Maori singer Whirimako Black is almost New Age. All of the songs on this record are sung in the native languages, and Putumayo World Music has provided a 35-page booklet of notes introducing the groups and explaining the lyrics. Te Vaka laments westernization in Tokelau, Whirimako Black celebrates female Maori stone carvers, Gurejele condemns French colonialism, and Matato'a proclaims the mystic power of the Pacific - not what you would have guessed! One of the OK! Ryos selections is a music video you can watch on your computer. I've played South Pacific Islands a dozen times and have no problem giving it five stars.


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