World Waterfall Database
Book Review

Maine's Waterfalls A Comprehensive Guide

Hughes, Patricia (author)

Schiffer, 2009
Edition 1
Format Paperback
Print Style Black and White
Book Type Guidebook
Page Count 192
ISBN 978-0-7643-3113-8
In Print? Yes
Picture quality (2)
Picture Quantity (1)
Accuracy of Content (4)
Thoroughness of Content (4)
Production Value (3)

Reviewed by Dean Goss

Originally, I purchased this book with a sense of anticipation. I've spent more than a little time in Maine and it was nice to see someone write a book of Maine waterfalls. The term, "comprehensive guide" is used to describe the 177 waterfalls the book is alleged to cover. I say alleged because many of the waterfalls covered in the book are rapids, dams, or are inundated by reservoirs. My data shows roughly 420 waterfalls, of which some 325 or so are legitimately viable waterfalls.
The book has a very limited quantity of photos, eight to be precise. The historical information concerning the falls is quite detailed. The directions to the falls are extremely vague and I'd frankly recommend anyone seeking to visit the falls should be prepared for lots of guesswork. The author has a preoccupation with the minerals to be found at a waterfall site. While this is of some interest to those concerned with geology, it's superfluous in a waterfall book.
The Bottom Line: given the hit-or-miss nature of the falls (or dams...or rapids...or inundated former waterfalls...) contained within the book, I can't fairly recommend this to anybody but a waterfall data-miner. The directions are vague to the point of rendering a waterfall nearly impossible to find. While I personally find a lot of information hidden in the book, I still have to coax it out.

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