Romance of Waterfalls
Bloom, Barbara L. and Cohen, Garry W. (author)
Outdoor Romance Publishing, 1998
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Reviewed by Dean Goss
If you have a weak stomach, if you are rendered queasy by shlock, then you should avoid the poetry this book like it's been dipped in a glowing beaker of radioactive phlegm. I know...that sounds mean spirited. In the interest of being upbeat, I'll try to accentuate the positives...taking deep rhythmic breaths, cracking knuckles, whistling a happy tune, making a civilized cup of tea...okay...I'm ready.
This book covers a lot of waterfalls. The images, while not photos, are quite nicely executed charcoal sketches that are formidable in their accuracy. The book is liberally sprinkled with USGS topographical map images. While not original, these maps ARE detailed and offer clear information.
Some of the adjunct information, specifically pages 6-15 and 236-246 are concise and filled with relevant and valuable information to the casual visitor. The information associated with each waterfall is rich, including height, type of waterfall, description, driving/hiking distance, difficulty of access, potential hazards, and historical or topical relevant information.
In reality, were it not for the poems (I'm no poet...I never evolved past 'there once was a man from Nantucket'...), I could actually find some merit this book. No offense, but don't quit your day job...
The Bottom Line: The book has a lot of substance in the form of quality charcoal sketching of waterfalls. I have a personal preference for photographs, but I'll concede the drawings are quite accurate. There is a fair amount of information also available in this book. The poetry KILLS me. I suppose I have a weak stomach for poorly executed "art" in the realm of the written word. Buy Greg Plumb's books as he concerns himself with waterfalls, not shlock poetry.