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The Afternoon Hiker: A Guide to Casual Hikes in the Great Smoky Mountains
The Afternoon Hiker: A Guide to Casual Hikes in the Great Smoky Mountains
by Lin Stepp
Edition: Paperback
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1.0 out of 5 stars Far Better Options Available, October 9, 2014
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I own several hiking guides to the Smokies and thought this would be a nice addition to my collection. I liked the premise that it was a more personal approach; unfortunately I didn't find it of much use as a hiking guide. The authors eschew the historical and much of the natural history information that I personally feel adds to a hiking guide. The resultant bare-bones directions are not always clear, and the authors could really have used the services of a decent copy editor/proofreader. The photos were taken by the authors during their various hikes. They are decent photos, but there are far too many simply showing one or the other author posing next to a trail sign . . . again, more of a personal journal than a useful guide for others.

There are many hiking guides to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, from all-inclusive to easy day hikes, including those published by FalconGuides and the Great Smoky Mountains Association. All of them, in my opinion, are better than this one. It's only saving grace is the White Oak Sink entry, something that's usually missing from other guides.


Waterfalls of the Blue Ridge: A Hiking Guide to the Cascades of the Blue Ridge Mountains
Waterfalls of the Blue Ridge: A Hiking Guide to the Cascades of the Blue Ridge Mountains
by Johnny Molloy
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Update of a Classic, October 9, 2014
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I actually have every edition of this book from the first and have used them on every trip I make to Shenandoah and the Blue Ridge Parkway. This edition has been updated with the assistance of regional expert Johnny Molloy and the addition of several new waterfalls. The write-ups tell you what to expect along the trail, and the directions to the trailheads or roadside pull-outs are clear and easy to follow. If waterfalls are your passion, you can't find a better spot in the East than the Southern Appalachians or a better overall guide than this one.


Nature Guide to Shenandoah National Park (Falcon Pocket Guides)
Nature Guide to Shenandoah National Park (Falcon Pocket Guides)
by Ann Simpson
Edition: Paperback
Price: $13.07
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice guide for newbies, March 19, 2014
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I've been visiting Shenandoah National Park for more than 30 years and enjoy collecting books on the area. This nature guide would be an excellent resource for first-time visitors who are interested in the park's natural history and are going to do more than a drive-thru on the Skyline Drive. This guide is a nice addition to, but not a replacement for, a Shenandoah hiking guide and local flower identification guide.


Hiking Trails of Mainland Nova Scotia: 9th Edition
Hiking Trails of Mainland Nova Scotia: 9th Edition
by Michael Haynes
Edition: Paperback
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3.0 out of 5 stars A bit too much focus on long trails, January 6, 2014
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I have previous editions of this guide, where the book covered all of Nova Scotia. This division gives the author room to expand trail descriptions, which is good. I enjoy a hike narrative that offers history and other interesting information in addition to the trail description. My only issue is that, in this edition, the author seems to focus on long hikes as opposed to those that can be completed in a couple of hours or so. Some travelers simply don't have time to devote 4 to 5 hours to a single trail. His focus on long hikes in this volume has made me hesitant to order the Cabot Trail book. All in all, a great guidebook for "serious" hikers with the time and/or inclination to spend several hours on rough trails. For those who simply want to spend a couple hours with Mother Nature, this might not be the book for you.


Spirits of the Western Sky
Spirits of the Western Sky
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not his best, but still good, May 8, 2013
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I wasn't blown away by Justin's new album, but I still enjoyed it. His voice is still true, but the songs are rather commonplace, with no real standouts. I could have done without the overly contrified version of "It's Cold Outside of Your Heart" and the "Out There Somewhere" remix. (If the latter was the kind of "music" we listened to, we probably wouldn't be Moody Blues fans.) I had to return both my original copy (defective first track) and its replacement (even worse), but I'll eventually purchase this album to complete my collection if nothing else.
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Live in Concert with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra
Live in Concert with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra
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5.0 out of 5 stars Conquered by Conquistador . . . Again, November 6, 2012
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I bought this album on vinyl when it first came out and was blown away. I was thrilled to find it on CD; it was even better than I remembered. The extra tracks are nothing to write home about, but additional music is always nice. This was one of the first (if not THE first) times a rock band performed on stage with a classical symphony, as if we fans needed "proof" that rock and roll was legitimate music. If all you know of Procul Harum is "A Whiter Shade of Pale," expand your horizons with this album. You'll be glad you did.


Now For Plan A
Now For Plan A
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4.0 out of 5 stars Glad the Hip Are Back, November 6, 2012
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This review is from: Now For Plan A (Audio CD)
I've been a Tragically Hip fan for many years and have always been amazed that the band hasn't found the same success south of the border as many other, IMO far less deserving Canadian bands have. While not their best work, this is still a very good album. Gordon Downie is in fine voice, and he and the rest of the band are tuned to rock. Hip fans won't be disappointed; newcomers will be encouraged to check out the entire catalog.


The Killing Edge
The Killing Edge
by Heather Graham
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars Reintroduces old friends, July 26, 2010
This review is from: The Killing Edge (Hardcover)
Although not one of her best, Heather Graham's "The Killing Edge" is still a very enjoyable read. The protagonists are both "damaged" people trying to deal with past horrors and afraid of relationships as a result. Yes, you know Chloe and Luke will get together (this IS a Heather Graham book), but the dance they do to avoid their growing attraction is amusing. Chloe is a strong female character, living a fulfilled life in which a man is a "nice to have" rather than a "need to have." It's always enjoyable to reunite with old friends like Adam Harrington and the Blackhawks; such recurring characters make everyone seem more real. I did figure out who the killer was very early on, but I can do that with almost any book, which is why I don't read mystery novels unless they also have a good love story and lots of spooky stuff going on to keep me entertained until my suspicions are proved right.


Great War
Great War
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5.0 out of 5 stars For Del Amitri Fans, July 1, 2010
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This is the second solo album from Justin Currie, former front man for Scottish band Del Amitri. Currie's voice has just the right amount of grit for my taste, and his lyrics spin poignant tales of love lost (and sometimes that's a good thing). I didn't like this one quite as much as "What Is Love For," but I still recommend it for all fans of Del Amitri, as well as fans of great songs sung well.


Moon Spotlight Prince Edward Island
Moon Spotlight Prince Edward Island
by Andrew Hempstead
Edition: Paperback
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Little Guide to PEI, July 1, 2010
Most travel information for Prince Edward Island is packaged with the rest of the Canadian Maritimes (or at least Nova Scotia). Moon has conveniently created this mini-guide just for PEI in a size that fits conveniently in a backpack or even a medium-size purse or large pocket. If you're traveling only to PEI (and even if you are going to other Maritime destinations), this is a handy, informative tool. I also recommend "Prince Edward Island: A Colour Guidebook," also available from Amazon.


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