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The Wave

The Wave: In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks and Giants of the OceanThe Wave: In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks and Giants of the Ocean, by Susan Casey, isn’t about lazy, relaxed days of beachfront surfing. Oh no, sir. The dudes featured in this title routinely chase forty-foot waves, dreaming of the challenging sixty-footers, and longing for that Holy Grail, the one-hundred-foot surfable wave. The stories of these amazing men — and yes, men dominate the extreme sport — are interspersed with interviews with the scientists who study the ocean and historical information about the world’s craziest waves. The adventure stories are gripping and keep readers coasting through the scientific sections with a drive to learn more about ocean waves than they perhaps thought possible.

My only minor problem was that it was sometimes hard to follow the chronology of the surfers’ storylines, as there was a lot of jumping around to describe past exploits. The photographs in the insert were arranged according to the waves discussed, but not necessarily the ride mentioned in the book — which was a bit confusing. The pictures in the insert added to many of the descriptions in the chapters, and I would have loved to see many more photos, even if it is impossible to truly capture the intensity of these towering walls of water. Overall, The Wave is a fascinating book that will have appeal for teens as well as adults. Personally, my shoreside stares over the ocean will be forever altered knowing the fierceness that lies in the sea.

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Tammy Flanders said...

This sort of book leaves me feeling breathless. I've seen surfers when visiting Hawaii but have never seen anything close to what is discussed here. Mind boggling.

The Pen and Ink Blog said...

I remember reading on the internet about Duke Kahanamoku surfing the "big blues" which was what he called Tsunami waves. Sounds like a book I want to read and give to my brother the surfer.
Pen and Ink has published a short story on Amazon http://thepenandinkblog.blogspot.com/
Lupe posted about it today. There has been so much written about self publishing that we wanted to track a venture. The book costs 99 cents. We also discovered the free kindle downloads for Macs, PC,s Blackberry,Android, iPhone and iPad http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html/ref=kcp_ipad_mkt_lnd?docId=1000493771
There has been so much said about Kindle. This is your chance to view content without having to buy a Kindle
April 11, 2011 1:45 PM

Little Willow said...

Psst... Are you participating in Rock the Drop this Thursday? :)