Today I have a couple of reviews for you. My reading has slowed down a bit again, but I’m hoping to make a big push through the last 2 weeks of the year. If you are interested in seeing what I’ve read all year, see my year in review from Goodreads (how fun is this?). For today’s review, I’ve got a disappointing YA dystopian book and a great coffee table book for photography lovers.
Review of The Dream Protocol
Goodreads summary of The Dream Protocol
WHATEVER YOU DO, DON’T GET OLD.
In fiery young Deirdre Callaghan’s home of Skellig City, no one has dreamt their own dream in over a thousand years. Dreams are produced by the Dream Makers and sold by the Ministry, the tyrannical rulers of the city. In Skellig City, years of life are awarded equally and the ruined are cast away beneath the city on their 35th birthday.
Unbeknownst to the Ministry, Deirdre’s handsome friend Flynn Brennan is afflicted with a terrible disease – a disease that accelerates the aging process. Knowing his fate if the Ministry should ever discover his illness, Flynn has lived his whole life hiding from their watchful eyes. When Flynn’s secret is finally discovered, Deirdre is determined to free him from the Ministry’s grasp. But to save him, she will have to reveal herself to a shadowy enemy…one that none of them even knew existed.
I thought I would really enjoy this book. Fighting against the government because of the supposedly great way they “provide” usually is right up my alley. But my problem with this book is the storyline. In the end, nothing really happens. Oh sure, Deirdre gets confirmation that The Ministry is bad. But nothing really happens. And we supposedly are introduced to the real bad villain, but honestly that introduction was ridiculous. This felt like it should of been part 1 of 2 in one book. Not an entire book. I wouldn’t recommend this one at all.
2 out of 5 stars
Review of Photographs From the Edge: A Master Photographer’s Insights on Capturing an Extraordinary World
Goodreads summary of Photographs from the Edge
With more than 500,000 books sold, celebrated nature photographer Art Wolfe recounts the stories and techniques behind the images of his forty-year career around the world.
Legendary photographer Art Wolfe presents an intimate behind-the-scenes guide to the experiences, decisions, and methods that have influenced forty years of stunning images captured around the world. Wolfe and co-author Rob Sheppard transport readers on a global journey, while carrying on a dialog about photography, tools and process, world travel, close calls, and photographic opportunities both taken and missed. From the rich sights and smells of the Pushkar Camel Fair to the exact moment when a polar bear and her cubs leave their arctic den, Photographs from the Edge represents the instances when circumstance, light, and subject miraculously collide to form an iconic image. Many of these photographs can never be duplicated as cultures and landscapes are transformed and wildlife diminishes or disappears all together. No matter his subject, Wolfe regales us with the stories behind the photographs and helps us experience life on the world’s most unique photo safari. Photographs from the Edge is a lifetime of experience distilled into a rich photographic education.
This book is the ultimate coffee table book, especially if you are a photography lover. There are not only fantastic photos, but the author also gives you a little background on to why/how he was in the place. Plus he gives information about the subject. An example of this is with a photograph of a hyena, he describes how there are 3 types of hyenas and are more closely related to cats even though they look more like dogs. How cool is that? Finally, the camera information and settings are included along with a photo tip on how to capture something similar. This book makes me want to grab my camera and run around taking photos. It would be the perfect gift for anyone that appreciates photography.
5 out of 5 stars
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